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Mystery Allergy To Peppermint Revealed

Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 03-30-2007
Views: 17,217
Word Count: 754
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 1995-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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Recently I presented an oils discussion to a group of Reflexologists. As I began to reach for oils, I asked if anyone had issues with Peppermint? "I do," came a gentle response. I turned to find a very sweet woman who had tentatively spoken. Indicating that thought she had an allergy to Peppermint, I found that she was willing to inquire further into this "allergy."

Mind you, this is a seasoned group of holistic professionals and wise women, a number who have been in practice for 20-30 years. Their ears perked at this query and they soon joined in with questions.

What symptoms occur when you encounter Peppermint? (I feel tired and drained.)

What makes you think it's an allergy? (Well my doctor said it sounds like one.)

As is my customary practice with sensitive individuals, I offered the closed bottle of Peppermint for her to simply hold over her heart chakra (thymus gland), suggesting that she simply close her eyes and feel with all her senses. See what her body response has to say. These feelings can range from a warm, opening and inviting feeling, a cool, closing and pushing away feeling, or a still point. Sometimes people feel the body taking the oil into specific areas. Sometimes they feel an emotional release or a sense of calming and grounding. It often depends on the personality of the essential oil and of course the person.

She did so and reported a pushing away feeling at her heart. With her permission, we continued.

I then invited her to stand and do the chakra test, which is to hold the bottle (or any item in question) about 6 inches in front of you, then slowly pass it downward in front of each chakra starting above the crown and working down to the base. Areas of the physiology that want the substance will pull towards it. A falling away feeling usually indicates that the body or that system or gland doesn't want it. A still space (no movement) can also indicate a positive. It is important to hold a clear thought or intention, such as "Is this for my highest good and optimal health today?" or some other clear question.

She did the chakra/body response test and I noted no pushing away as it passed by her heart, however when she reached the root/pelvis area, her body moved back from the Peppermint. She agreed that the heart hadn't pushed away this time, but the pelvis had, and that the pelvis region is where she tends to hold her emotions. Was there ever a better place in the body to stuff emotion?

This led to a very interesting discussion. And with her permission, we continued. I inquired if perhaps somewhere in her past there has been a negative experience around Peppermint... for example, was she eating Peppermint candies when someone said something that was hurtful or critical to her?

"THAT'S IT!" She suddenly remembered that her mother had once been so addicted to Peppermint candies that she would open a bag and polish them off in one sitting! This went on for some time until she was eventually diagnosed with a form of anemia that her doctor pinned on the candy addiction. I asked if she sensed that her mother might have been trying to suppress some unresolved emotions, and she felt this was indeed likely.

Because the daughter had emotionally and mentally connected Peppermint as being the source of her mother's health issues (bad), and since her emotions and thoughts believed it, her body responded by emulating that belief with a feeling of depletion every time she encountered Peppermint.

She brightened up like a woman who had just been set free from prison. Then she decided to take another step and inhale the Peppermint to see how it affected her? No heavy feeling, no negative response. She said, "I should probably put some Peppermint on my feet now..." I said sure, if you wish, and handed her the bottle. She placed a drop on each foot and fairly bubbled as it moved into her system. Again, no negative response. Just smiles of relief.

I always love it when people are willing to entertain inquiry, and I always take care to make that a safe process, beginning with asking for permission at each stage! We never know when we might come up against an emotional issue that would deeply embarrass them. This time, however, the entire room broke out in laughter. We all learned something valuable and enlightening.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: gastrointestinal — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
3.Associated topics: gastrointestinal — "Gastroprotective effects of Lemon essential oil: In ethanol model, CL (citrus lemon) and LIM (limonene) [component of Lemon] demonstrated 100% of gastroprotection.... In the indomethacin model, CL and LIM offered effective gastroprotection...."Link
4.Associated topics: gastrointestinal — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
5.Associated topics: gastrointestinal — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
6.Associated topics: gastrointestinal — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
7.Associated topics: gastrointestinal — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
8.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link

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