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Balm Mint Bush
Balm Mint Bush
Balm Mint Bush
Prostanthera melissifolia

Plant Origin: Australia
Method: Steam distilled from fresh leaves
Cultivation: Ethically Wild harvested
Chemical Family: Monoterpene, Ketone, Ether
Aroma: Strong, fresh, penetrating, medicinal, mint/eucalyptus-like, camphoraceous
Note (Evaporation Rate): Top
Shelf Life: 3-5 years
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot #BMB-101
1,8 cineole 23.73%
piperitone 27.91%
alpha pinene 21.26%
linalool 14.28%
 
Balm Mint Bush is a relatively new essential oil, so no contraindications are known. Based on the analysis we offer the following:
Children? Suitable 
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Medicine/Health Condition? No known contraindications
Therapeutic Use
Balm Mint Bush essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Acne 
Anti-microbial (especially airborne)
Anti-oxidant
Anxiety
Arthritis  
Bacteria
Blisters
Blood Pressure (hypotensive)
Bone Loss
Bronchitis
Bug Bites
Burns 
Calming (anticonvulsant and sedative properties)
Candida
Catarrh 
Cerebral blood flow (increases)
Chicken pox 
Circulation 
Cleansing wounds 
Cold Sores
Colds and flu 
Cough 
Cystitis 
Decongestant 
Ear infection 
Expectorant 
Fever 
Fever Blister
Flu 
Fungus
Headaches 
Head lice 
Herpes simplex (blend with Bergamot) 
Immune stimulant 
Infections 
Inflammation  
Intestinal gas
Insect bites, stings, and deterrent 
Joints 
Measles 
Mental focus, energy, motivation  
Mucolytic
Muscles 
Neuralgia  
Pain (joints, muscles) 
Parasitic infections 
Parkinson's (dopaminergic)
Respiratory system: congestion, mucus
Skin infections 
Sinusitis
Spasms 
Sprains 
Urinary infections 
Vaginitis
Virus

Blends Well With:
Bergamot
Birch
Black Pepper
Cajeput
Cardamom
Cedarwood (all types)
Citronella
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Fir
Frankincense
Geranium
Grapefruit
Lavender
Lemon
Orange, wild/sweet
Peppermint
Rosalina
Rosemary ct cineole
Sandalwood
Spearmint
Tea Tree
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler. It makes an excellent air freshener. Consider using with a car diffuser

Internal: Balm Mint Bush essential oil is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage.

Testimonies
The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 

1. This may be my new 'favorite' essential oil! It is delightful, fresh, uplifting and invigorating. I used it in my new car diffuser, for a minor headache and as a tummy blend for our daughter. For a tummy-soothing blend I mixed 4 drops Balm Mint Bush, 3 drops Roman Chamomile and 1 drop Spearmint in a 10mL roll-on applicator with Pomegranate Seed oil as the carrier.

2. What a fantastic new oil for Hopewell to carry! It opens the sinuses, resolves headaches and I even put some in my homemade kitchen spray that I use to clean the countertops etc.

 

Safety
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 
References
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014. 
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