All About Peppermint Oil

The peppermint plant (Mentha Piperita) has a long history of cultivation and human consumption.  For centuries, it has been used as a medicinal herb as well as a flavorful culinary addition.  Today, it can be found in candies, teas, soaps, and even stomach medicines.  The oil from the leaves is also extracted to create a therapeutic essential oil that has powerful benefits.  It’s one of the most popular oils that grace the medicine cabinets of essential oil gurus. 

Diffuse to stimulate and Calm the Mind

We all know what it’s like to not be able to focus.  Whether you are struggling with an assignment at work, studying for a test, or not being able to focus on an important project, peppermint has your back.  According to research by the Wheeling Jesuit University, the aroma of peppermint can impact cognitive functions and assist with concept formation, attention span, memory, and reasoning.  Peppermint oil is also known to calm the mind and take the edge off of anxiety.  There are many ways to enjoy these mind-boosting benefits of peppermint essential oil.  The easiest way is to simply diffuse the oil in a diffuser.  Peppermint has a very strong aroma output and only a few drops are needed.  You can also apply a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball and place near your workspace. 

Apply topically for Pain Relief

If you suffer from an achy back, joints, or bad headaches, peppermint oil can help soothe the pain.  Create a massage oil by combining 10ml of carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond oil, and two drops of peppermint.  Rub on the affected areas as needed.  For headaches, apply this mixture to the temples, the jawline and the back of the neck.

Helps Indigestion, Nausea, and Upset Stomach

Peppermint oil is a natural alternative to anti-bloating drugs and reduces spasms of the colon. It works by relaxing the muscles of your intestines, which can also reduce gas. Try peppermint tea or add one drop of peppermint oil to your water before meals. You can also place several drops on your stomach and massage it. Use a few drops of peppermint oil on your wrists or abdomen to help you combat your nausea.

Breathe deep for Respiratory Relief

Bronchitis, the common cold, and respiratory infections can all cause uncomfortable breathing problems.  This is due to inflammation of the bronchial and nasal passages, causing an unpleasant restriction of air.  Another symptom, coughing, is also caused due to this inflammation and can keep you up at night.  To get quick relief, put a few drops in a diffuser or vaporizer.  You can also boil a pan of water and add ten drops of the oil when it starts to steam.  Breathe in the steam to open up inflamed airways and nasal passages.  You can also create a topical chest rub by combining 10mL of carrier oil and two drops of peppermint oil.  Rub on the chest to soothe those nighttime coughs.

Use orally to prevent Bad Breath

Bad breath stinks.  Peppermint oil helps.  There are several ways to use peppermint oil to combat bad breath.  First, after brushing, you can apply a drop of peppermint oil to your toothbrush to brush your tongue.  You can also mix a couple drops with a pinch of salt in a small glass of water to create a refreshing mouth rinse.  Next, you can create your own mouth spray by using 5mL of purified water in a spray bottle mixed with 1-3 drops of peppermint oil.  Use the solution within a week. 

Treats Skin Health and Acne

Peppermint oil helps to calm skin inflammation, reduce redness, and lessen allergic reactions. Due to its antibacterial and anti-microbial properties this oil aids to cure and prevent acne. It also brings relief during eczema treatment. You can mix some peppermint oil into body lotion or face lotion. Try adding some to feet cream for pleasant, cooling sensations. Combine peppermint and lavender essential oils and apply it topically to improve eczema and psoriasis.

Spray to keep the Mosquitoes Away

Yes!  You can use some essential oils to combat bugs such as pesky mosquitoes.  Peppermint oil is a great choice to keep them at bay and your family safe from illnesses.  To create an anti-bug spray, mix 30mL of carrier oil such as grape seed oil and a few drops of peppermint oil.  Spray on skin that will be exposed to the outdoors.  You can also mix a few drops of peppermint to 30mL of your favourite carrier oil based lotion. 


Promotes Hair Growth and Protects Against Dandruff

Peppermint oil is used in many high-quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. It can also stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and help you to wake up! Peppermint oil is a powerful antiseptic; it can also help remove dandruff and lice. Add two or three drops of peppermint oil to your regular shampoo routine or try making your own.

Apply topically to soothe Sunburn

Sunburns are incredibly painful and itchy.  Peppermint helps to cool the skin and soothe the irritation to prevent excessive itching.  You can simply mix a cool cup of water with two drops of peppermint oil and use a cotton ball to dab the affected area.  To create a wonderful cooling spray, you will need peppermint oil, lavender oil, and aloe vera juice.  In a 30mL spray bottle, fill with aloe vera juice and add two drops of peppermint oil and two drops of lavender oil.  Keep the mixture chilled in the refrigerator for ultimate pain and itch relief. 

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