A Wonderful new Essential Oil from Australia
Australia is home to a wide variety of fascinating animals and plants so you will not be surprised to learn of this exciting, fresh essential oil hailing from down under. Straight out of Australia, Balm Mint Bush essential oil is uplifting, fresh and home to a number of medicinal properties that can help treat a variety of emotional and physical ills.
What is Balm Mint Bush Essential Oil?
Chances are that you have never heard of Balm Mint Bush oil so we are here to put that right. The Balm Mint Bush known scientifically as Prostanthera melissifolia is a plant native to Australia’s Southern Victoria and New South Wales. The bushy, evergreen shrub belongs to the mint family and grows to around 6 feet in height. The attractive plant bears pretty purple or pink flowers but its essential oil is derived from the leaves by a process of steam distillation.
Properties and Medicinal Compounds
The oil has a delightful, fresh, floral aroma which can instantly uplift your mood when inhaled. The scent is reminiscent of several better known oils like eucalyptus and ravintsara mainly due to the 1,8 cineole content it shares with those oils.
As well as 1,8 cineole, balm mint bush essential oil contains several other important medicinal compounds such as a-pinene, piperitone and linalool. These compounds give the oil a variety of excellent therapeutic properties including antibacterial, anti-fungal, carminative and expectorant actions. Its uplifting fragrance can also help deal with a variety of emotional issues like depression, stress and anxiety.
Health Benefits of Balm Mint Bush Essential Oil
This is a very new oil on the market meaning there is precious little in the way of scientific evidence to back up its common uses. The lack of research does not mean the oil is of no value and anecdotal evidence is very positive. We know that the oil contains a variety of medicinal properties and the following are among the most popular medicinal uses of balm mint bush essential oil.
1) For Respiration
Balm mint bush essential oil contains compounds that can help clear up problems with the respiratory system such as breathing difficulties caused by a cold or the flu. This essential oil contains 1,8 cineole and expectorant properties which can help clear out any build up of mucus or phlegm common during a but of flu or the common cold. By clearing out these obstructions, you will be able to breathe more comfortably and go about your daily life more easily.
2) For Stress and Anxiety
Like so many essential oil, this fragrant oil can help you to overcome feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness. The oil has fresh, uplifting qualities when inhaled that can improve your emotional state and put your mind at ease.
While there is no research to prove its effects on the mind, anecdotal evidence suggests it can have a very positive impact. If you are feeling stressed out or anxious then why not try diffusing balm mint bush oil at home or in the office. You have little to lose and everything to gain. Unlike many common prescription medications, there is no chance that you will become dependent on the oil and there are very few known side effects.
There is no doubt that many essential oils have a very positive impact on a person’s emotional well-being and there is a good chance it will do wonders for your state of mind.
3) For Headaches
Like peppermint oil which shares some of the same properties, balm mint essential oil can also be used to relieve tension headaches. Simply inhaling the oil can ease your headache whether from a diffuser or direct from the bottle. Another option is to dilute your essential oil with a carrier oil and apply a few drops to your temples whenever you feel a headache coming on.
4) For an Upset Stomach
Balm mint essential oil is also used to calm and upset stomach or to treat many of the other symptoms of poor digestion. It has carminative properties which can help treat common symptoms like flatulence and bloating and may also help ease cramps and abdominal pain. Women with menstrual cramps may also benefit from applying the oil to their abdomen.
To treat your tummy, make sure that you dilute your essential oil with a suitable base oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil and simply massage a little into your abdomen several times a day.
5) For Skin Health
Balm mint essential oil has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties making it a great option for the skin. It also has antioxidant value meaning that it can help revitalize skin cells damaged by free radicals and help slow down the skin’s aging effects. Try applying the oil to your wrinkles, crow’s feet and other age related blemishes and over time you should start to see a big difference.
This oil can also be used to help treat acne and many common chronic skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. It is regarded as a safe and gentle acting child-friendly oil but should always be diluted with water or a carrier oil before it is applied to your skin.
6) For Hair Health
The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of balm mint bush essential oil make it a suitable treatment for your hair and scalp. It can help bring life and shine to dead looking hair while it may also be useful for treating scalp issues like dandruff. Simply apply a few drops to your hair and massage it well into your scalp to treat flaking skin and dandruff.
7) For Bites and Minor Wounds
You can apply balm mint bush essential oil to your scrapes, grazes and bug bites to hep prevent infection from taking hold. It can also soothe the pain and help relieve redness and swelling after an injury, bit or sting. Do not apply this oil to an open wound on your skin.
8) For Cold Sores
According to some satisfied users, balm mint bush oil is an effective remedy for cold sores, a common condition caused by the herpes simplex virus. Dilute your essential oil with water hen apply it to your cold sore several times each day with a cotton swab.
Balm mint bush essential oil may be even more effective when combined with another oil or more. It blends especially well with a number of other refreshing essential oils including peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon and lemon myrtle.
How to use Balm Mint Bush Essential Oil
- Massage : Balm mint bush oil makes for a great massage oil when combined with a good quality carrier oil. Try diluting it with healthy virgin coconut oil or lovely jojoba oil and applying it to your aching muscles in the evening.
- Inhalation : You can safely inhale balm mint bush oil directly from the bottle or by diffusing it through the home.
- Bath Soak : Try adding a few drops to your bathwater and letting its goodness wash over you for a full body treatment.
Side Effects and Precautions
- Balm mint essential oil is likely safe when inhaled or applied topically.
- Never take this essential oil internally.
- Always dilute the essential oil with water or a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.