by Marc Gian
In the previous blogs we discussed Rosemary and Lavender and the directions of upward and outward; now let’s take a look at the energetics of outward and spreading.
Peppermint is the premier oil that represents these directions. Peppermint is a well-known and loved scent, commonly used for it’s soothing and uplifting effects. One whiff of Peppermint can make you feel awakened and refreshed, and many are
familiar with its ability to ease digestion and open the senses.
Peppermint grows low to the ground and spreads outward rapidly. By the doctrine of signatures, this demonstrates Peppermint’s power to spread and direct Qi outward. It grows quick and easily and its roots are not deep. This shallow root system informs us that Peppermint is a top note that acts primarily on the Wei level — the superficial space between the skin and muscles. This also shares with us that it is most beneficial for acute symptoms.
As a cooling top note, Peppermint has an affinity for the lungs and is one of the most beneficial oils to release exterior Wind-heat, aka the common cold.
It is especially effective at relieving symptoms associated with rhinitis and nasal congestion. Peppermint assists this dispersion and release of energy by ensuring that a pathogen is expressed outward and does not penetrate deeper into the body. For this purpose, Peppermint can be inhaled as well as applied topically.
When a client is prone, one drop of oil can be placed on a tissue beneath the face to prevent nasal congestion, aiding in a more comfortable session. Topically, to release the exterior, Peppermint is applied in circular and outward strokes with light to medium pressure.
In the upcoming 4 class series hosted by the NY Open Center, we will be discussing more applications and the various ways to apply Peppermint for such ailments as; the common cold, fatigue, neck pain and arthritis. As you can see there are many different uses for Peppermint. Yet the method and concentration for each symptom is different.
Come prepared to learn more about Peppermint and how many other Essential Oils can nourish your mind, body and spirit.
Join me at the NY OPEN CENTER to dive deeper into the world of Aromatherapy for healing the mind, body and soul. Series starts on 216/16, An Introduction to Essential Oils for Healing Body, Mind & Spirit.
Free intro 2/9/16
Marc Gian, LAc, LMT, with 15 years’ experience in holistic health modalities, is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, and essential oil specialist. A teacher and clinical supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine since 2007, he also has a private practice in NYC focusing on the mental/emotional issues associated with illnesses and teaches workshops throughout the U.S. www.marcjgian.com