Peppermint essential oil is one of our favorite essential oils that we use daily. Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil should be diluted with a carrier oil like organic coconut oil before topical application.
Not only is peppermint one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine. It’s also mentioned in Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was transformed into an herb by Pluto who had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.
The health benefits of peppermint oil have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids.
Our 25 Daily Uses Of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Awaken our brains – We diffuse peppermint oil or rub a drop of peppermint oil diluted with a carrier oil on the backs of our necks to wake up our brain.
- Upset Tummy – Rub one drop of peppermint oil diluted with organic coconut oil on our bellies when they are upset.
- Ward off bugs – Drop a couple drops of peppermint oil onto a cotton ball and set it around our basement and in the corners of our home to deter ants and spiders. Cockroaches, mosquitoes, mice, and even lice are repelled by peppermint oil.
- After workout rub – Rub a couple drops of peppermint oil diluted with organic coconut oil on our muscles after a great workout.
- Organic English Tea – Add one drop of peppermint oil to your morning organic tea for wonderful flavor. One drop is all you need – One drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 23 cups of Peppermint tea.
- Elevated Body Temperature – When we are feeling a little under the weather and running a higher body temperature, we add a couple drops of peppermint oil to the bottom’s of our feet.
- Skin Health – Peppermint oil has calming effects on skin inflammation. You can mix peppermint oil into lip balm and body lotion for a nice cooling sensation.
- Head Tension – Add one drop of peppermint oil to a little organic coconut oil and apply on temples and the back of the neck to relieve head tension. Never get peppermint oil near your eyes.
- Stuffiness – Add two drops of peppermint oil to organic coconut oil and rub onto your chest and back to relieve stuffiness.
- Reduce Hunger – Diffuse or simply inhale peppermint oil to help ward off hunger.
- Itchy Skin – Add one drop of peppermint oil and lavender essential oil to a little organic coconut oil and apply to itchy skin to help soothe the itch.
- Overexposure of Sun – Mix peppermint oil with a bit of organic coconut oil and apply it directly to the affected area. Peppermint oil can help to moisturize overexposed skin and relieve the discomfort.
- Fresh Breath – Add one drop of peppermint oil to a small glass of water and gargle to help freshen breath.
- Food Flavoring – Add a drop of peppermint oil to your favorite recipe calling for peppermint.
- Sore Feet – Add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to organic coconut oil and rub on the bottoms of your feet to relieve discomfort.
- Plant Help – Add 4-5 drops of oil to 4 oz of water and spray plants to kill pesky aphids.
- Control Odor – Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in the bottom of your kitchen or bathroom garbage can to leave nice, fresh, minty smell.
- Digestion – Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- Tooth Discomfort – Add a drop of peppermint oil to organic coconut oil and apply to gums to ease discomfort.
- Travel Discomfort – Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil diluted with organic coconut oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Concentration – Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil diluted with organic coconut oil under the nose to help improve concentration.
- Energy – Apply peppermint essential oil with diluted organic coconut oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Joint Discomfort – Apply 2 drops of peppermint oil diluted with organic coconut oil to your joints to aid in discomfort.
- Frizzy Hair – Add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo to help calm frizzy hair.
- Toothpaste – Add a couple drops of peppermint oil to baking soda and organic coconut oil to make homemade toothpaste.
As you can see there are numerous ways to incorporate peppermint essential oil into your daily life. We just touched on the 25 that we use every day. We would never be without this wonderful essential oil.
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