Want to know more about Peppermint Essential Oil? Here’s 15 practical ways to incorporate it into your daily life.
You have probably noticed that I have been talking a lot about essential oils lately. It’s sort of my new passion. It’s really just another step in my journey to health. Essential oils compliment the real food lifestyle really well by offering natural, non-toxic remedies for common ailments. They also help us to feel happier and more energetic. I love that they are immune-boosting and mood-balancing.
Today I am going to talk about Peppermint Essential Oil. Peppermint is fresh, invigorating, and smells amazing.. We use it for so many things. And there are so many practical ways to incorporate it into your daily life.
I want to mention that what I am taking about is therapeutic grade essential oils, not the kind that you find at the health food store. Only about 2% of essential oils sold are considered therapeutic grade. I love Young Living Essential Oils as I feel confident that they use very strict quality control in all of the oils that they produce. For them, quality in non-negotiable!
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15 Practical Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
1. Soothes Discomforts:
Peppermint has long been used for relive discomforts in the body. When I have a pressure in my head, I rub a bit of diluted Peppermint Oil on my forehead, temples and neck. I also rub diluted Peppermint oil of sore muscles after a work out. I have a neighbor who does the same for her troublesome knee. You can also soak sore feet in Peppermint Oil added to an Epsom salt foot bath.
2. Settles Upset Tummies:
Peppermint Oil can be diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed onto the belly to soothe occasional upset tummies, bloating, and gas. I have found that inhaling it from my cupped hands has works well for me when I feel nauseous. I know a family who also uses it to help with motion sickness, both rubbed on topically and inhaled.
3. Keeps Things Moving:
Regular bowel movements are crucial for vital living. I have found that rubbing a bit of Peppermint Oil diluted with a carrier oil on a congested belly in the direction of proper flow can help move things along. I just had a member on my Savory Lotus Essential Oil Facebook Community tell me that you can drop a few drops to the water in the toilet bowl before you sit down can help stimulate movement as well.
4. Mental Clarity:
Peppermint Oil is very invigorating. Diffuse or rub a drop under your nose to help concentration, mental focus, and motivation. I have used Peppermint Oil when I have felt drowsy while driving on a long car trip.
5. Supports Respiratory System:
Massage between your hands and take a deep inhale to help clear out your respiratory tract. I will also rub it diluted onto my chest when I am sleeping to ease congestion.
Add some to your shampoo to help fight dandruff and itchy scalp.
7. Repels spiders and ants:
Place peppermint oil on a cotton ball or cotton pad and place in areas where you find spiders and ants. You can also make a peppermint bug spray by adding 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil to water in a spray bottle.
8. Cools the Body During Hot Flashes:
Peppermint Oil is very cooling and can feel wonderful when applied to the back of the neck when you are feeling too hot.
9. Stops Itching:
Apply Peppermint Oil to stop itching caused by bug bites, hives, poison ivy or poison oak. Only use this way if skin is intact and not broken. I like to combine it with Lavender Oil as well.
10. Eliminates Paint Fumes:
Add a 30-40 drops to a gallon of paint to help dispel the fumes inside.
11. Freshens the Air:
Simply diffuse to freshen the air.
12. Household Cleaner:
Combine vinegar, water, and Peppermint Essential oil for an effective all-purpose cleaner.
13. Caffeine Replacement:
I use Peppermint Oil instead of caffeine to perk myself up in the morning, either in the diffuser or diluted on the back of my neck. It really perks me up without making me feel crazy from the caffeine.
14. Add to Homemade Toothpaste for Minty Flavor:
I have been making my own toothpaste for a long time now. I use 2/3 cup bentonite clay, 1/2 cup boiling water, 2 TBS coconut oil, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp CalMag Powder, 20 drops of trace minerals, and 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.
15. Motivates Your Workout:
Need some motivation to move your body? Use it topically to get your body invigorated and diffuse during workout to put a little pep in your step.
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