Hailing straight from the land Down Under comes the wonderfully refreshing essential oil of Balm Mint Bush! This mint family member grows in Australia’s Southern Victoria and parts of New South Wales. It’s a bushy, evergreen shrub that blooms beautiful purplish flowers surrounded by dark green leaves—and it’s in those leaves where all the goodness comes from.
When steam distilled, Balm Mint Bush leaves impart an essential oil that is fresh, uplifting, and minty. Its aroma is comparable to Eucalyptus due to its 1,8-Cineole content. However, you may be able to detect a hint of floral and pine-type notes as well. Not only is Balm Mint Bush rich in 1,8-Cineole, but it also touts significant amounts of piperitone, a-pinene, and linalool, giving it a wide range of therapeutic properties!
Let’s take a look at four of our favorite ways to use Balm Mint Bush:
When you’re feeling under the weather.
Suffering from nonstop sniffles, a scratchy throat, and a lingering headache that just won’t seem to let up? Balm Mint Bush may be exactly what you need going in your diffuser. It contains constituents that help support respiratory health, making it great for many of the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany the common cold. It’s also known to provide support when tension headaches come crashing through your brain, which always makes everything a bit worse.
Diffuse by itself or try blending 3 drops of Balm Mint Bush with 2 drops of Kunzea and 2 drops of Bergamot for some amazing respiratory relief. This would also be a great blend for a personal aromatherapy inhaler for some on-the-go rescue.
Soothes a tummy in trouble.
Poor digestion can cascade into a ton of awful symptoms. No one wants to go through their day with cramps, flatulence, bloating, or any other kind of stomach pain. Thankfully, Balm Mint Bush has carminative properties that help to soothe intestinal contractions and tension. This helps to stimulate bile flow to and get everything moving along smoothly.
To treat your tummy, add 3 drops of Balm Mint Bush, 2 drops of Chamomile Roman, and 1 drop of Spearmint to 2 teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil and massage onto your abdomen. You can also use Balm Mint Bush alone: add 6 drops to two teaspoons of carrier oil or lotion and apply onto your stomach a few times a day as needed.
Skin care for tweens and teens.
Teenage skin. It can be a big bummer. If you have a teenager in your family, you know how distressing those blemishes can be for young minds still trying to figure themselves out. Balm Mint Bush might not exactly be your first thought when considering how to help, but it certainly may help. It can promote healthy skin by soothing redness and irritation and may be just what skin needs to reduce uncomfortable blemishes. Add a drop to face wash or dilute in a carrier oil at 1% and apply to the face. And yes, adults can give this a try to support their skin concerns, too!
Uplifting and energizing.
Balm Mint Bush joins the large group of essential oils that are great to help alleviate stress and tension by uplifting the mind. It’s wonderfully cleansing and refreshing and can increase your energy level when the midday slump starts to set in. So if you’ve had a long day and just need to recharge and refresh your positive outlook, Balm Mint Bush may do you wonders. The minty aroma with crisp eucalyptus notes can help uplift your mood and energize your environment. Added bonus: Balm Mint Bush is a fantastic air freshener and a delightful way to support a clean environment!
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