On my mission to try more natural hair and skin care products it has also been my mission to use less pharmaceutical medication. Today I will be talking about another oil I use often which is Peppermint Oil. Please keep in mind that although peppermint essential oil does smell really nice it is known to be one of the strongest essential oils so use with caution.
What Is Peppermint oil
Peppermint Oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant Mentha pipertita which is a cross between the water mint and spearmint plant which thrives in Europe and North America.
Benefits Of Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine peppermint, lavender and lemon essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut, almond or even olive oil and rub on the soles of the feet. With the same hands cup your nose and take breathes inhaling the scents. Relief is instant. I personally do this method an take these oils in capsules. Please make sure you are using 100% pure essential oil. There are plenty of pure essential oils on the market please don’t get fooled by multi level marketing companies or sales people when they claim they are the only ones that offer pure therapeutic oils. Please do your research.
One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion asithas a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension).
- Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea.
- Drinking mint tea has long been the antidote to an upset stomach.
- Inhaling peppermint oil is also said to help curb the appetite by triggering a sense of fullness.
This is one of my favorite ways to use this oil. For kids dilute the peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply to the bottom of the feet. For adults I like to apply this to the bottom of the feet too but also the torso. It quickly reduces a fever naturally without the use of medicine. You can also add a few drops to a cold cloth and apply to the forehead.
Carrying peppermint essential oil with you while your traveling is a must have for me. I struggle with nausea and motion sickness a lot and I always carry a bottle of peppermint essential oil with me now. You can simply just sniff the essential oil with the cap off and that usually does the trick but you can also rub 4 drops of the oil onto your stomach or chest for immediate relief.
Rub a drop of peppermint oil on the abdomen or place a drop in a cup of hot water and sip it
Mice hate the smell of peppermint, place peppermint oil on cotton balls and leave in strategic areas around your home to deter mice.
Since peppermint oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties it makes an excellent house hold cleaner.
Dilute 1 drop of peppermint oil to a carrier oil and massage the abdomen in a clockwise motion.
Since peppermint has a wonderful cooling affect you can apply the oil topically or adding it in a spritz bottle be careful not to get any in your eye.
The stimulating effects of peppermint oil have been shown to increase blood circulation. Studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil vapor touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation. The stimulating effect of increased blood circulation helps to oxygenate the body’s organs and increase metabolism, as well as oxygenate the brain. This leads to higher cognitive function and protection against neurally degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Furthermore, increased blood circulation can prevent diabetic patients from complications they are already at risk of due to their glucose level imbalances.
Rubbing peppermint essential oil to the bottoms of feet can help bring down a fever. Now I have to admit I didn’t quite believe this would actually work but I have tried it on my 7 year old and son and an hour after I applied his fever was gone!
Peppermint oil seems to increase blood flow by dilating blood vessels. Dilute the peppermint oil with any carrier oil of your choice and massage it on your temple or even your wrist. I suffer from migraines about 3-4 times a week and they can be quite painful. So I have been mixing some peppermint oil with olive oil and I notice dramatically less pain. Although it works better if I keep applying it to my temples about every two hours. I add peppermint with a carrier oil in a roller ball and keep it in my purse at all times. Make sure whenever you put essential oils in bottles you use glass because essential oils break down plastic.
Peppermint oil contains menthol that can clear the respiratory tract. It is an excellent expectorant that gives instant relief from cold and cough, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. You can use it as a cold rub on the chest or inhale it to cure nasal congestion.
Peppermint oil extract has been found to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine inhibiting Streptococus mutans driven biofilm formation associated with dental caries. This may explain why powdered peppermint leaves were used in the Middle Ages to combat halitosis and whiten teeth.
Place a few drops in a diffuser
Peppermint oil can be used externally in order to provide relief from pain. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil helps remove pain from affected areas. It is also cooling in nature and is subsequently used to help reduce fever. It is frequently called a “refrigerant”, meaning that it can provide an intensely cold sensation to any affected area. In case of injury, wound, or healing process, topically apply peppermint oil to the area to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and eliminate the chances of uncomfortable inflammation.
Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is very useful in dental care. It also eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. Unsurprisingly, these attributes mean that peppermint oil is added to numerous toothpastes, and it is also been shown to be useful in the treatment of toothaches. At times, the inhalation of peppermint oil vapor can be anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, so it can even be added to postoperative oxygen, particularly after oral surgeries.
Urinary Tract Infection
Peppermint oil can be used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). Although it is traditionally used, formal scientific research is still underway to understand the details of this specific attribute. Peppermint oil has a wealth of antibacterial qualities, which may be the underlying reason why it can reduce the effects and frequency of urinary tract infections in alternative application
Eliminate household pests
To deter ant infestations place a cotton ball with 2 drops of peppermint oil at the points of entry to the house . This will deter cockroaches as well.