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  Peppermint Hydrosol
Mentha x piperita, organically produced, USA.

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This delightfully mild Peppermint Hydrosol from an organic farmer in the midwest is that rarest of goodies, an organic midwestern mint. She doesn't produce enough of her lovely distillate to offer us an organic essential oil, but the hydrosol alone is well worth the search.

Gentle and delicious, I would, first of all, use this lovely herbal water chilled in icewater after a full dinner, or to calm an upset stomach. A wonderful "spritzer" in the car to both keep the driver alert, and allay any chance of carsickness among the passengers.

I would recommend blending it with Rose Geranium Hydrosol to counteract or minimize "Power Surges." I plan on adding a few drops of it to a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea when the weather warms up. Mint's astringency should make it the perfect summer toner for oily skin. There is no end to the uses I can think of for this one!

I'm grateful to the new friend who produces it, and the old friend who introduced us! More affordably priced than the non-organic Spearmint Hydrosol we used to offer, and better flavoured, as well.

Other suggested uses: Peppermint Hydrosol is a great mouthwash/breathfreshener, I've seen it recommended as a coffee substitute when you need a quick energy lift. It is a mild antiseptic and applied topically, either as a spray or with a moist compress, is a wonderful "de-itcher" for mosquito bites, poison ivy, or any sort of itching. It can soothe after shaving, easing razor burn. It's helpful in combatting a hangover, since it both settles the stomach and energizes. Added to cold water Peppermint Hydrosol is the ultimate thirst quencher.

Suzanne Catty recommends its internal use in combatting the effects of IBS or Crohn's Disease. (Please consult her book Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy for details on internal use for treating serious medical conditions.)

Applied topically, either as a spray or with a moist compress, it is a wonderful "de-itcher" for mosquito bites, poison ivy, or any sort of itching.

Unlike most of our hydrosols, I would not recommend using this with children.

Our hydrosols are packaged in blue cobalt bottles with atomizer tops for ease of use. Hydrosols are perishable: keep refrigerated. For more information on how they're made and their uses, click here.


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