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Mint Blast
Mint Blast

Mint Blast
Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Birch (Betula lenta), Spearmint (Mentha spicata) essential oils

Children? Not suitable (Birch)
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable (Birch)
Medication/Health Condition? Contraindicated: Acetaminophen (oral use), Anticoagulant (all routes), High Blood Pressure (oral use), ADD/ADHD (topical, oral), Childbirth (all routes), Epilepsy (limit 6 drops/day orally), Major Surgery (all routes one week before and after), Peptic Ulcer (all routes), Hemophilia (all routes) 

Health Concerns Smoking: 
Inhalation of Peppermint (high in menthol), will cause increased lung permeability of nicotine. Menthol also slows the ability to clear nicotine from the body. Those who smoke should allow several hours to elapse between cigarette use and inhalation of high menthol essential oils. (Tisserand/Young, page 185.)

It is common to use Birch daily in a mouthwash, and very small amounts may be ingested. As always, toxicity is in relation to dose (Tisserand). 

Therapeutic Uses
Mint Blast essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following: 
Acne 
Antiseptic/Disinfectant (protect from bacterial and fungal infections) 
Appetite (inhalation or one drop daily may help regain - Schnaubelt)
Arthritis  
Astringent skin toner (low %) 
Bacteria, infections 
Bladder
Breath Freshener, halitosis
Cellulite 
Circulation  
Cramps 
Cystitis 
Digestive/Excretory systems, colic, colitis, Crohn's, diverticulitis, flatulance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, poisoning
Diuretic (edema/fluid retention) 
Dizziness 
Eczema 
Edema 
Fainting 
Fatigue
Febrifuge (may promote perspiration, which helps remove toxins) 
Fever 
Flu 
Gallbladder 
Gallstones 
Gout 
Gums 
Hair 
Headache 
Hemorrhoids
Hepatitis
Hives
Hysteria  
Inflammation 
Insect bites
Joints, minor aches and pain
Liver support
Lumbargo 
Menstrual cramps, irregularity
Mentally focusing, energizing and uplifting
Metabolism
Migraine 
Mouthwash
Mucus 
Muscles, cramps, minor aches and pain, spasms
Nerve pain
Nervous system 
Neuralgia  
Osteoporosis 
Pain 
Palpitations
Rash,dermatitis, eczema, itchy, psoriasis
Respiratory support (mucus and congestion - blend with 1,8 cineole-rich oils)
Ringworm 
Scabies 
Shock 
Skin, astringent, toner, wrinkles (low %) 
Sprains
Stress
Swelling
Taste (may help restore)
Tendonitis
Tension muscles, headaches
Throat infection, laryngitis  
Toothaches
Tooth oil
Toxins (may help flush uric acid) 
Tuberculosis
Urinary Tract 
Veins
Vertigo 

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)

*See SAFETY information at the bottom of this page.

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.

For Oral Care
- Dilute as desired - see dilution chart for helpful guidelines. We suggest purchasing an extra dropper bottle to mix up your dilution.
- Brush morning and evening using a drop (diluted) on a toothbrush. This will tingle, so avoid the lips. Do not swallow.
- Floss every evening before brushing - more frequently if needed.
- Use as a mouthwash morning and evening. Put a couple drops in about an ounce of water, swish focusing on forcing the water between the teeth. Gargle and then spit out.
- Use as a mouth freshener during the day by putting a drop on the tongue. Use your tongue to 'apply' the oil to the gumline of the teeth. We like to dilute into a 2ml sample-size bottle (pocket size) for convenience.

Appropriately diluted, this has been safe for braces, veneers, bonds, crowns, fillings and dentures.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler. Avoid diffusing in area with a smoker.

Internal: Mint Blast is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. Due to Birch in the blend, Robert Tisserand suggests 17 drops as the maximum oral limit daily. 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" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage.  

Research Article
Antibacterial Effects of Essential Oils on Oral Pathogens

Safety
Birch: Dermal, Inhalation and Internal Contraindications: Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).

Medication/Health Condition? Contraindicated: Acetaminophen (oral), Anticoagulant (all routes), High Blood Pressure (avoid oral use), Antibiotics (Dr. Jean Valnet noted that oils high in aldehydes, ketones and alcohols may inactivate antibiotics - avoid all use in significant amounts); ADD/ADHD (topical, oral), Childbirth (all routes), Epilepsy (limit 6 drops/day orally), Major Surgery (all routes), Peptic Ulcer (all routes), Hemophilia (all routes) 

Health Concerns Smoking: 
Inhalation of Peppermint (high in menthol), will cause increased lung permeability of nicotine. Menthol also slows the ability to clear nicotine from the body. Those who smoke should allow several hours to elapse between cigarette use and inhalation of high menthol essential oils. (Tisserand/Young, page 185.)
 
Birch Internal Caution: Large doses of Birch can be toxic. 5mls of Birch is equal to approximately 21 aspirin (300 mg tablets). Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion. Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than .2mL. Oral Caution: GERD disease. 

Tisserand writes about Wintergreen, which has the same properties as Birch:
"Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%. No one has died from dermal [topical] application, but there have been at least three reported cases of people taking blood-thinning medication who broke out in internal bruising when they applied methyl salicylate-containing products to their skin. It enhances the blood thinning action of the drug, and blood leaks out of the blood vessels."
 
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. 
 
Reference
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014.
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