Essential Oil Spotlight: Peppermint

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Distilled from the leaves of the plant, Peppermint is a very popular and versatile cooling oil used primarily to ease headaches and digestive issues, to reduce fever, to improve breathing, and to fight MRSA. It is also used as a pain reliever and as a flavor enhancer in cooking.

Primary Benefits of Using Peppermint

  • Soothing stomach and digestive problems
  • Good for bad breath
  • Headache reliever
  • Antimicrobial
  • Improves mental concentration and focus
  • Clears the respiratory tract (amazing for congestions!)
  • Natural energy booster and pick-me-up
  • Relaxes tension/stress in muscles

Uses

  • Muscle tension: Apply 1-3 drops of Peppermint to the area of concern. If you have skin sensitivity, you can dilute the oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to bring down the oil’s potency. This also works great for joint pain.
  • Sinuses: To clear your sinuses and respiratory tract, place 2-3 drops of oil to your hands, rub them together, and inhale the aroma of the oil by taking deep breaths. This method works great for any respiratory problem you may be experiencing.
  • Allergy relief: Inhale the aroma of peppermint oil by using the cupping method that is mentioned in the last point. You can also use a diffuser to diffuse the oil into the air.
  • Fever reducer: Put 1 drop of oil in your hands, rub them together and massage the temples, forehead, and behind the ears. Make sure not to get any oil in the eyes or ears. This method also works great for headaches.
  • ADHD: Peppermint helps with concentration. Diffuse the oil into the air using a diffuser while you work or study. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can also place a few drops of oil in a cotton ball and let it sit on a desk.
  • Sunburns: Apply a 2-3 drops of Peppermint oil in the area of concern (dilute the oil with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin or are applying the oil on a sensitive area). You can also apply aloe vera to enhance results.
  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.
  • Add two to three drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
  • Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
  • Curb your appetite by inhaling the aroma of Peppermint oil.
  • Here are some more uses for Peppermint Oil: Irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, cramps, diarrhea, colds, coughs, inflammation, nerve pain, repelling mosquitoes, and more…

How To Use Peppermint

  • Diffusion: Use 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil in a diffuser (or follow diffuser directions if available).\
  • Inhalation: Apply a 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to the palms of your hands, rub them together and cup them to your nose. Take slow deep breaths to inhale the aroma for healing benefits.
  • Applying directly on skin: This is a great way to experience the healing benefits of Peppermint, if you have sensitive skin or the area of concern is a sensitive area, mix it with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to dilute the potency.
  • Internal use: There are people who choose to take the oil internally with water or by simply putting some drops on their tongue. My recommendation is to make sure you are using 100% pure peppermint oil if you choose to do this and be aware that it will most likely be very strong.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits-effects

http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

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