Firstly, it bright, crisp and fresh. Next, our Peppermint oil clears your mind and revitalises your day. On top of this, it has been used medicinally since ancient Egyptian times. Finally, it is a superb breath freshener, it also relieves stomach pain and nausea, clears sinus congestion and relaxes tired muscles.
What Peppermint oil Does
Firstly, peppermint contains menthol: an antiseptic and anaesthetic. Next, it is one of the most important oils for digestive issues, and stimulates and strengthens the liver. In addition, it also has cooling, relaxing properties and eases inflammation, calms muscle spasms or cramps, and removes bacteria.
14 ways to use Peppermint oil
For Your Body
Bloating and wind
For indigestion after a meal:
- mix 1 drop with a little honey in a glass
- add ½ cup (125ml) warm water
- stir and drink.
Don’t be surprised if you immediately burp! The same treatment eases nausea or vomiting caused by food or travel sickness.
Use two or three drops in a facial steam. This cleanses congested skin and kills bacteria.
Massage a few drops into your lower abdomen to relieve pain and combat the spasms that cause cramps.
Colds and flu
To a hot bath, add:
- 3 drops
- 2 drops Eucalyptus oil
- 4 drops Lavender oil
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
This will speed up your recovery. If you also drink a cup of peppermint and lemon tea while in the bath, this encourages perspiration and works to kill viruses and bacteria even faster.
Tired feet and legs
If you’ve been on your feet too much, use a few drops in water to create a spray to apply to the legs and feet. Let it dry naturally on the skin without rubbing it in.
Create a blend of:
- 10–12 drops
- 5 drops Rosemary oil
- 30ml almond oil
Rub this on the back of your neck. Keep it away from your eyes.
To bring down a fever naturally, especially in children, mix:
- 5-8 drops
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Rub on your child’s neck and the bottoms of their feet. This can help lower a fever instead of using aspirin or other drugs.
Vertigo and dizziness
Vertigo or dizziness can occur when there is an imbalance in the inner ear caused by an ear infection or stress. Apply a cold compress to the forehead, or inhale the oil directly to relieve symptoms and calm the nervous system.
Dab 3–4 drops on sprains or bruises to prevent swelling. For best results, add a few drops to an icepack.
Found a tick burrowing into your skin? Put 1 drop of Peppermint oil directly on the tick and wait a few minutes. The tick will fall off easily.
FOR YOUR MIND
Peppermint oil acts as a mental stimulant, promoting concentration and clarity. It rouses and revitalises the mind and encourages positivity. Use it to overcome boredom or a sense of numbness. It is usually better for daytime use, rather than before bed, because of its invigorating properties.
The uplifting benefits of Peppermint oil can provide relief from stress, anxiety, depression and mental exhaustion. If you’re feeling panicky and need to relax, diffuse a combination of:
- 5 drops Peppermint oil
- 10 drops Lavender oil
- 5 drops Frankincense oil
You can also add this blend to 30ml of jojoba oil and use it for massage.
Clearing the mind
Diffuse a few drops of Peppermint oil when you’re juggling too many things and need to focus. Take a few long, deep inhales and exhales.
Peppermint oil is perfect during exam time and can counteract a post-lunch energy slump.
FOR YOUR SPIRIT
Peppermint oil increases focus and the ability to remain in the present. It brings clarity and awareness, helpingto overcome the ego and find a clear path when there seems to be barriers.
Peppermint oil encourages self-acceptanceand vitality; it uplifts the spirit and encourages us to consider and appreciate the mystery of life.
FOR YOUR DAILY LIFE
Leave a peppermint-soaked cloth or cotton ball in the pathway of ants. Ants dislike the minty smell and the scent disrupts their trail, so they will soon leave. The bonus: a minty fresh home!
What’s in Peppermint oil?
100% organic Peppermint oil
Steam distilled from the fresh leaves of the peppermint bush
Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from fresh leaves
Aroma: Fresh, minty
Chemical constituents: l-menthol, n-menthone, menthyl acetate
What does Peppermint oil blend with?
As peppermint oil is more concentrated than other essential oils, be careful when using it on sensitive skin. Do not use on children under three years of age. When using Peppermint oil for massage, it must be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive or almond oil.
Keep out of reach of children
If sensitivity occurs, discontinue use.
Avoid contact with eyes and sensitive areas of the body.