What item do you have in your purse that will sooth an upset stomach, help lessen a headache, alleviate tense and sore muscles, and improve respiratory function? What about acting as a quick breath freshener or mouth rinse? In the heat of summer wouldn’t you love something that will cool your body so that you can enjoy that time at the pool without overheating, and can also help manage the symptoms of hot flashes, or even lower a fever? Peppermint oil is invaluable and a must have in your purse this summer….
One bottle of pure, powerful and therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil can do all of that, and more!
Latin Name: Mentha piperita
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Minty, hot, herbaceous
Main Chemical Components: Menthol
Peppermint is an important addition to any oils collection because it is incredibly versatile. The aroma of peppermint is energizing and refreshing, and the oil has a cooling sensation when applied to the skin. Peppermint can be used for respiratory issues to promote clearer breathing, for digestive upset, or to alleviate pain.
The three ways to use Peppermint Oil:
1 drop of peppermint essential oil = 28 cups of peppermint tea!
- Due to possible skin sensitivity dilute appropriately for age and individual.
- Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
- If breastfeeding, be cautious of using peppermint oil as it can decrease milk supply.
- Use with caution if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant.
- Oral doses of peppermint oil should be avoided by anyone with GERD because it may exacerbate the condition.
- Do not apply in or near nasal passages of infants or small children.
The many benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil:
Peppermint oil is very versatile and the following is by no means a comprehensive list, but is simply to give you an idea of the many ways I am able to use it in my home. I am not a doctor so please do not take any of the following claims as medical advice and consult with a physician before using for health reasons.
Take a drop of peppermint oil under the tongue, in a capsule, or dilute and apply topically to the abdomen. Use as symptoms persist.
Inhale directly from the bottle, apply to your wrist and inhale, or diffuse into the air. Apply diluted peppermint oil topically to the neck, back, chest, and bottoms of the feet to aid in respiratory function. Do not apply peppermint oil on young babies.
The menthol in peppermint is a powerful pain reliever for sore muscles and even headaches and muscle tension. Dilute peppermint oil and apply to the area as needed.
To lower body temperature or reduce a fever:
Peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the body and can be effective at lowering body temperature. It can be used to stay comfortable on a hot day, to help prevent hot flashes, or to help lower a fever. Peppermint oil can be applied to the bottoms of the feet, wrists, temples (avoid eyes!), and spine, or combined with water in a glass spray bottle for easy application. Reapply as needed.
Peppermint is a part of the “allergy trio” that consists of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils. This combination of oils helps with symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies.
Aromatic use– place equal drops of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oil in your diffuser and run as normal.
Internal use–One drop of each oil can be taken under the tongue, or in a capsule.
Topical use– Add equal parts of each oil (for example 20 drops of each oil) in a roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil and roll onto the bottoms of the feet, over the heart, or wrists and use as needed.
-Use several drops of Peppermint oil in the place of the extract for baking.
-Add a drop of Peppermint to water, hot cocoa, or coffee for a yummy twist.
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