It's aroma is strong and spicy. Among its properties are: Cooling, analgesic, antispasmodic, anesthetic, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide and stimulant. It should be kept away from eyes and it may irritate skin and mucous membranes. Best avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers as it may discourage the flow of milk. It has many homeopathic remedies. Helps people become alert and refreshed. Helpful for people who are unable to concentrate or who have mental fatigue. It is also used to relieve anger, hysteria and nervous tension, excellent for depression.
On the body, it has a dual action: cooling when hot and warming when cold. As a remedy for colds, it halts mucous and fevers and encourages perspiration. Extremely important for its effect on the digestive system. (use 1 drop on a sugar cube or on a teaspoon of honey)(use 1 drop in cup of hot water for peppermint tea) Has a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles. Good for travel sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colic, nausea and to keep drivers alert. Its cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothaches. Used topically for the relief of muscle pain and insect bites. Can be used to relieve many kind of skin irritations but should be used in a dilution of 1% or less. Great for getting rid of ants and rodents. Blends well with cedarwood, cypress, lavender, niaouli and pine.