Peppermint Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses
Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Peppermint. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Peppermints magical uses, Peppermint physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Peppermint lore and legends, and much more!
Introduction to Peppermint
Peppermint has a rich history dating back to 1500 B.C. There are records that indicate that peppermint may have originated in Northern Africa, but ancient medical texts can trace the herb definitively back to ancient Egypt (c.1550 B.C.), where records indicated that they used peppermint for stomach ailments. Since these ancient times, Peppermint has been used throughout history to aid in everything from improving digestion to freshening breath to improving concentration. Magically, peppermint is used for protection, psychic development, spiritual enhancement, and prosperity.
Peppermint is one of more than 25 different varieties of plants within the Mentha species. It is apart of the plant family, Lamiaceae, of which there are more than 7,000 species. Members of the mint family are well recognized by their unique flowers and characteristically square stems. Peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint (which contains significantly less mint flavor) and water mint (which grows in aquatic environments and is much more potent). Peppermint may spread aggressively and can become weed-like if not maintained properly.
The sacred number of Peppermint is 133.
Peppermint Magical Uses and Purposes
Key Uses: Peppermint is an herb of preparation. Use peppermint when you need to relax, conserving energy for an arduous road ahead. Peppermint encourages you to resist wasting energy on trivial things. Instead, save that energy for tasks that add to the value of your wellbeing and life's goals.
Peppermint is a Venus-ruled herb, which may explain its use in spells for spiritual growth, love, and psychic enhancement. It is an herb that aids in encouraging prophetic dreams, encouraging one to get ready for future events that may require large concentrations of energy.
Notes from the Masters
Peppermint and Spearmint are used in crystal conjure magic products like Abundance Powder. The recipe and about a hundred more are in volume 1 of the Crystal Conjure Cookbook.
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Healing with Peppermint
Peppermint Physical Health Benefits
Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It also has cooling, invigorating and antispasmodic properties. Peppermint oil is especially helpful in alleviating a tension headache. (1)
Researchers found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin, and other herbal preparations may be helpful because they work as topical analgesics. (2)
To use peppermint oil for pain relief, simply apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern three times daily. Combining peppermint with lavender oil is also a great way to help your body relax and reduce muscle pain.
Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help to unclog your sinuses and offer relief from a scratchy throat. Peppermint acts as an expectorant, helping to open your airways, clear mucus and reduce congestion, and is one of the best essential oils for colds, the flu, cough, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. (3)
Lab studies show that the compounds found in peppermint oil have antimicrobial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties, meaning it may also help to fight infections that lead to symptoms involving the respiratory tract. (3)
Peppermint oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages and helping to clear out the muck and pollen from your respiratory tract during allergy season. It’s considered one of the best essential oils for allergies because of its expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and invigorating properties. (4)
To help relieve seasonal allergies symptoms, diffuse peppermint and eucalyptus oil at home, or apply 2–3 drops of peppermint oil topically to your temples, chest, and back of the neck.
Peppermint oil can increase energy and improve exercise performance. To boost your energy levels and improve concentration with peppermint oil, take 1–2 drops internally with a glass of water, or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples and back of the neck. (5)
Peppermint oil for headaches has the ability to improve circulation, soothe the gut, and relax tense muscles. All of these conditions can cause tension headaches or migraines, making peppermint oil one of the best essential oils for headaches. (6)
When these oils were applied to the forehead and temples, they also increased cognitive performance and had a muscle-relaxing and mentally relaxing effect.
Peppermint oil capsules have been shown to be effective at naturally treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint oil for IBS reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness. (7)
Peppermint oil has been used to naturally freshen breath. This is probably due to the way peppermint oil kills bacteria and fungus that can lead to cavities or infection. (8)
Peppermint oil is actually used in many high-quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. It can be used as a natural treatment for thinning hair, and it helps to stimulate the scalp and energize your mind. (9)
Peppermint can relieve itchiness. Research shows that the menthol content found in peppermint oil inhibits itching. To help relieve itching with peppermint, simply apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern or add 5–10 drops to a warm water bath. (11)
Peppermint naturally repels many bugs and insects including ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice, and possibly even lice. (11)
Peppermint may reduce nausea. Simply inhale peppermint oil directly from the bottle, add one drop of peppermint oil to a glass of distilled water or rub 1–2 drops behind your ears. (12)
This oil can boost skin health. Peppermint oil has calming, softening, toning and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin when it’s used topically. Peppermint oil also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. (13)
Peppermint is also a great aid for preventing sunburn and as sunburn relief. (14)
Spiritual Healing with Peppermint
Peppermint is usually associated with Elemental Air, probably because of its strong fresh scent.
As an Air herb, peppermint can be used for divination, visualization, and wind magic.
Some consider it a Venus herb, though, and peppermint is often used in love magick and is said to be an aphrodisiac.
Keep peppermint in the home, particularly by the front or back door, to protect the home from unwanted negative energies and spirits.
Since peppermint also contains the planetary metal for Jupiter (tin), it makes sense that this magick herb is sometimes put into charms for protection in legal situations, an area over which Jupiter has dominion.
Peppermint is known for its ability to enhance “third eye” awareness, intuition, and peaceful sleep.
Peppermint is an ideal herb for prosperity and good fortune. Place it by your workspace or utilize it in a success or money ritual to bring in good luck, money, and financial success. Keep peppermint in your purse to attract money and prosperity.
Peppermint increases the vibrations in a space or in spells, making it an 'enhancement' herb in many rituals.
Peppermint not only enhances the energy of spells and rituals, but can also promote energy within, increasing thoughtful communication and vitality.
It is often used in incense for healing, cleansing, & purification.
Combined with other calming herbs like lavender, Peppermint is an excellent aid for rest and relaxation. It can also encourage prophetic dreams and dream travel.
Worn at the wrist to protect against illness.
Fresh peppermint on your altar will attract good spirits.
Draws customers to a business.
Use dried leaves to stuff a green poppet for healing.
Use on the altar to draw good spirits to assist in your magic.
Emotional Healing with Peppermint
Peppermint is an ideal herb for calming anxiety and releasing stress, especially when under extreme pressure. This makes peppermint a great herb for improving concentration while test taking, studying, or working. It is a great aid in the workplace or at school.
Peppermint encourages one to conserve energy. In times of low stress, relax, meditate, focus on positive things. Energy is valuable and we as humans do not have an unlimited amount of it. Conserve it for when you need it most and you may find that you will greatly reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Also, with your energy and attitude at appropriate levels, you may find a greater level of success in your projects and at work.
Notes from the Masters
i find that Pepermint Tea is a great mid-afternoon pick me up with no cafeine and few caleries.Peppermint has been shown to support energy levels. Don't forget to take deep breaths of the tea as you drink it. Breathing in the smell of mint can also help put a little pep in your drowsy step.
Peppermint for Chakra Healing
Peppermint is prescribed for treating imbalances of the Throat and Third Eye Chakras. The Throat Chakra When the Throat Chakra is in balance we can express what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions. When the throat chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the sacral chakra through the solar plexus can continue its path enabling free expression of the values and needs.
When the throat chakra is out of balance, the physical symptoms may include sore throats, tight jaws, stiff neck, and headaches. When it is out of balance spiritually you might find yourself habitually lying, feeling fear and doubt about the intentions of others, or find yourself stammering or at a loss for words. You will likely have feelings of being isolated and misunderstood. You may well have symptoms of other chakras being out of balance. This is caused by the throat chakra blocking the energy flow from the other centers.
The Third Eye Chakra is the center of perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here. This is the chakra that controls how we see ourselves and the external world. When the Third Eye Chakra is in balance, we can see clearly and understand what we see. This is our 'intuition center' so to speak. We are able to interpret visual cues and our awareness level is high.
When it is out of balance or blocked you will find yourself confused, difficulty seeing clearly, and a hard time differentiating what is important and what is not. You may feel as if you do not have command of your thoughts. Physical symptoms can include headaches, ear aches, and vision problems. Fear not though, even if your third eye chakra is blocked or out of balance, indigo colored crystals can make it better.
Color Energy of Peppermint
The color ray for Peppermint is Violet. The violet color ray brings in vibrations of intuition, dreams, nobility, and luxury. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, reminiscent of the mystery and magic of life’s rejuvenation and renewal. Violet color rays are powerful aids in interpreting our dreams, inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments, and putting the magic back in our lives and relationships. Violet is the color of music; it stirs us, transforms us, and connects us in seemingly mysterious ways to our dreams, our past, and ourselves.
Angels Associated with Peppermint
Peppermint is associated with Michael, the Beauty Angel, Tree of Life. He is the Ruler of Sunday and the Sun. Michael is also the Master of the 19th Tarot Card "The Sun" and the 20th Tarot Card "Judgement". He also helps you Heal Fear and Nervousness as well as being the Master of the East wind and the Angel of Sound Sleep, Repentance, and Truth. Peppermint is also associated with Rochel, Protector and Ruler of the dates March 1-5 and the astrological sign of Pisces.
Peppermint and the Goddess
Peppermint is sacred to Cerridwen, the Celtic Goddess of fertility, Demeter, Greek goddess of vegetation, the harvest, and agriculture, and Hecate, Greek goddess of magic.
Cerridwen is a powerful Underworld goddess and the guardian of the cauldron of knowledge, inspiration and rebirth. She rules the realms of death, fertility, regeneration, inspiration, magic, enchantment and knowledge. She is also the goddess of magical rites and spells, wealth, poetry, and love. Cerridwen is often cited as using her magic cauldron to make potions to bring wisdom and inspiration to those who drink them. In witchcraft, she is considered a 'white witch' and shapeshifter. Cerridwen is also associated with herbology and astrology. Because of her shapeshifting abilities, she is also considered to be a goddess of transformation and change.
Demeter is the Greek Goddess of Agriculture, the harvest, and vegetation. She presides over crops, grains, food, and the fertility of the earth, comparable to Gaia. She was also a consort to Zeus and mother of Persephone, wife of Hades. Demeter was frequently associated with images of the harvest, including flowers, fruit, and grain. She was often portrayed as a mature goddess and sometimes pictured with her daughter Persephone, who was also considered a goddess of fertility. In Greek mythology, she was portrayed as being very loyal and loving to her daughter. In one myth, it is said that Zeus promised Persephone to Hades without Demeter's knowledge. Demeter roamed for nine days, refusing to take nectar or drink ambrosia, until she found her daughter. When she learned of Zeus' deception, she refused to return to Olympus and produced famine onto the earth. She refused to bring fertility back to the earth until she was allowed to see her daughter and was so persistent in her demand that Zeus consented. Also, to ensure Demeter's return to Olympus, Zeus allowed Persephone to only live half the year in the darkness of the Underworld and the other half with her mother.
Hecate is the Greek chief goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, the moon, ghosts, necromancy, and spells. She is the daughter of the Titan, Perses, and the nymph, Asteria. Hecate was believed to have power over heaven, earth, and sea, therefore, bestowing wealth and prosperity to those who pray to her. She is also the goddess of crossroads and doorways, a guardian against evil spirits. In earlier texts, she is depicted as a single female figure wearing a long-clad robe, holding burning torches in each hand. Later depictions show her in her most popularized form, that of the triple-formed goddess, which consisted of three goddesses standing back to back, most likely so she could watch all directions of the crossroads that she guarded so diligently. Hecate, in her triple-form, was also accompanied by barking dogs, her familiars.
Peppermint Birth Herb
Peppermint is one of the birth herbs for those born on May 28, May 29, August 23, September 10, September 22, October 24, and November 19. Those with birthdays on these dates will find they have special attraction to peppermint and the magickal energies of peppermint may be dominate in their personality traits.
Peppermint I Ching Hexagram
Peppermint is governed by Hexagram 5, Planning Action. Key energies are: “Waiting, preparing, making provision, making ready, training, practicing, pause for reflection” (15).
You might find that Peppermint is an excellent herb to use in your efforts to learn and study.
The affinity with the Hexagram 5 Planning Action hexagram of the I Ching gives us an insight into the magical uses of Peppermint, and the connection with training and practicing skills is an important use.
Notes from the Masters
I have always believed in drinking peppermint tea to help with tummy problems. It’s also a yummy garden additive to chew on from time to time and can be a delicious addictive to any summer beverage.
Peppermint Astrological Sign
The zodiac signs associated with Peppermint are Virgo and Aquarius (16)
In Moon Astrology Peppermint is associated with the 15th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of Wings and the 26th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Waves.
These two associations are very helpful in determining the magical uses of Peppermint. The energy of the Mansion of Wings is that of the magic of flight.
Wings harness the magic of flight, of aspiration to the greatest heights of accomplishment whether of the the physical or the spiritual world. The Mansion of Wings is a mansion of power, rulership, dominion and a kind of magic - flight - that is to be respected. The power to soar above the Earth, to dominate the Air, to harness Fire for propulsion and to glory in conquering the Waters of the Oceans all comes from the wonders of flight made possible by Wings.
The energy of the Mansion of the Waves is that of power.
Waves are windswept water, the perfect balancing of the complementary energies to create something more powerful. A wave is one of the strongest forces of nature that sweeps over everything in its path. Stopping one requires great resistance, and they do not travel alone.
Uses of Peppermint in Feng Shui
Peppermint brings Metal and Wood energies.
The leaves of the “herb” bring us metal energy. With unyielding persistence, the leaves of plants seek the sunlight with determination that is absolute. These attributes of persistence, determination and strength of desire and total focus are the energy of the metal element. Use Peppermint’s metal energy when you need strength or total focus, to strengthen desire, to stretch towards your goals, or to maintain a clear path to what you seek.
The stalks and stems of Peppermint bring us wood energy. Wood element energy is the creative energy of motivation, personal growth, and renewal. Like the time of the new moon and the Winter solstice - wood energy is new beginnings, hope, and rebirth. Use the stems of Peppermint when you need transformative energies to grasp new opportunities on the horizon.
Uses of Peppermint in Talismans and Amulets
Peppermint is used to make talismans and amulet for needs including: Ability- Organizational, Develop an Ability, Advancement, Capable,Good Financial Results, Good Reputation, Greater Openness, Influence, Cure Laziness, Money, Nobility, Professionalism, Profit, Progress, Respect, Self-Trust, Selling Successfully, Success in Exploring the Unknown, Trust, Wishes Come True, Adversity- Courage to Face, Grandeur, Achievement, Confidence, Prosperity, Better Life, Autonomy, Boyfriend, Fighting Chaos, Fatalism, Diligence, Tenacity, Overcoming Insecurities, Self-Confidence, Sobriety, Surrender, Conquest, Success, Devotion, Dealing with Adversity, Achievement, Determination, Persistence, Drive, Attitude, Domestic Bliss, Empathy, Family Life, Friendship, Manners, Marriage, Energy, and Conquering Fear.
Using Peppermint in Divination
Use Peppermint in Divinations for planning action, conserving energy for when the time is right, patience, letting go of what is no longer serving you, and dispelling negative energy.
Meditation with Peppermint
“The time calls for remaining patient while in a holding pattern. Waiting can be done with patience or worry, it really doesn’t affect the outcome. All things take time to develop and the eventual outcome is never altered by your attitude while waiting. The journey however, is more enjoyable when you are patient. ” (17)
Lore and Legends of Peppermint
Mint's association with its deities actually comes from old folklore. It’s said that there was a nymph called Mentha (sometimes spelled Minthe) who caught the eye of Hades. She became his lover. When Hades chose Persephone over her, she became angry and antagonized Persephone. In retaliation, Persephone turned her into the plant we now know as mint. The same story comes in many variations. Some say that Hades loved her and Persephone became so jealous she tuned Mentha into a plant. Others state that Persephone became so angry that she trampled Mentha into the dust, after which Hades turned her trampled form into a mint plant so that she would live on forever.
Proserpine, Pluto’s wife, was said to have transformed a hated rival into the mint plant. Both the Latin, Metha, and the Greek, Minthe, have come to be associated with metamorphosed beauty.
In Ancient Athens, where it was common to scent different parts of the body with different herbs, peppermint was the scent most commonly used on the arms.
Peppermint is also tied to Hades because the Greeks used it to cover any scent produced by dead bodies during funeral rites.
In the 14th Century, we found early versions of toothpaste. It was used during that time for whitening teeth.
Culpepper (1616 – 1654), a physician-astrologer who fought in his country’s Civil War, suggests mint should never be given to a wounded man because it prevents his wound from healing. He used mint to treat almost 40 different ailments.
This species of mint is also known as “Mackerel Mint” and in Germany it was called “Lady’s Mint” with a pun on the word munze, a word meaning a building or institution where coins are produced. The name, spear or spire, refers to the spiry form of its floral blossoming.
Nicole is a Certified Crystal Master, Crystal Herb Master, and Master of the Tarot. She has been working with crystals, herbs, and the tarot for over 10 years. She is the co-author and teacher of the Crystal Master Herbalist Course offered by the Crystal Guild. Nicole is a Florida native and has been with Crystal Vaults for over 7 years.
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