While its exact origin remains shrouded in mystery, peppermint's origin likely lies in the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. Evidence suggests its cultivation dates as far back as 1500 BC when Egyptians began to use the herb for its medicinal properties. The Egyptians valued it so highly it was even used as a form of currency, influencing the modern word "mint" we associate with money. Romans loved incorporating its pungent leaves into festive dishes and drinks, even crafting crowns from its stems. Peppermint also found favor with holy monks in the Middle Ages who praised it for oral hygiene.
Over time, peppermint spread across Europe and eventually made its way to North America with the arrival of European settlers. In the United States, peppermint cultivation became particularly prominent in the early 19th century, with regions like the Pacific Northwest gaining recognition as major peppermint-producing areas.
With a legacy spanning myths and millennia, peppermint's refreshing touch continues to invigorate our senses and inspire countless uses, showcasing its enduring appeal as a versatile herb with a vibrant past.
Whether applied topically or included in specialized nail care formulations, peppermint stands out as a versatile botanical ally for promoting both skin and nail health.
Peppermint oil's cooling effect can provide instant relief to sunburned or irritated skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help calm down redness and swelling, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and calm. The invigorating tingle of peppermint oil stimulates blood circulation, giving your skin a healthy, natural glow. It also acts as an antifungal. Fungal nail infections can be unsightly and stubborn but peppermint oil can help prevent and even combat existing infections.
Because of the above benefits, Sainte Nèl included peppermint in Softe, our plant based body scrub. If you’re using peppermint oil at home as a DIY remedy, remember, a little goes a long way. Always dilute it with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut before applying it topically and only use a few drops.