With the holidays approaching, I wanted to create a minty fresh lip balm.
~The bees wax used is from a local farm here in Black Forest, Colorado.
Directions: Use as needed.
- Ingredients: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Cera alba (Colorado Bees wax), *Calendula officinalis infused Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Unrefined Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, *Mentha x piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.
Safety: Overall, no safety concerns. Continue reading to make sure you understand the safety of Peppermint Essential Oil.
Make sure you patch test this on your skin for sensitivity if you normally have sensitive skin. Your forearm or crease of your arm is a good place since it is the most sensitive part of your skin. If it is skin irritating, discontinue.
I have seen updates from reputable sources that peppermint is safe topically for ages 3-6 yrs old. There are some aromatherapists that exercise on the side of caution...as do I. My recommendation is, safe to use for kids age 6 and older. This is due to the high menthol content.
For pregnancy/nursing, in my research, I am seeing more information where peppermint is safe than unsafe. Peppermint could slow down your milk supply if you are breastfeeding. This is where you need to decide for yourself, but my recommendation, it is safe.
Peppermint is contraindicated in case of cardiac fibrillation and for G6PD deficiency. G6PD deficiency is a genetic disorder that most often affects males. It happens when the body doesn't have enough of an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)