PEPPERMINT

Mentha piperita

The people of ancient Greece and Rome decorated their feasting tables with sprigs of peppermint, and peppermint is also included in Egyptian healing papyri (ancient Egyptian texts). A natural stimulant, peppermint is an easy plant to grow, so start a pot of your own; be careful putting it in the garden, though, as it tends to spread enthusiastically if untended. Use peppermint in rituals for healing and purification, as well as to bring passionate love into your life.

Parts Used: Essential oil, leaves

Associated Element: Fire

Magical Uses: Healing, love, passion, purification

Rituals and Celebrations: Purification and healing rituals

Blends Well With: Sage or sandalwood for cleansing and purification, mistletoe or yarrow for healing

Substitutions: Catnip, comfrey

Often Used With: Agate, tiger’s eye

Precautions: Peppermint oil can cause a skin reaction in some users and can be toxic if ingested in large quantities, so exercise caution.

Applications: Rub peppermint leaves on objects to clear them of negative energies, or brew the leaves into a tea to bring about healing and wellness. Add a few drops of the essential oil to a base oil and anoint your wrists and neck to bring passion back into your love life, or if you’re hoping to find a new romance, anoint a pink candle with peppermint oil.

 

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