I have been in New York City the last couple of days and have had the pleasure of hanging out with some very talented bloggers from around the country (see pic below). I have had such a great time with these ladies. We have talked about life, love and of course blogging. One of the more interesting subjects we’ve covered was health and wellness. I introduced all of them to my love of essential oils and sent them all on their way with a sample of Dream-y Sleep Salve, because let’s face it, everyone has sleep issues at one time or another. The sleep salve is something I will never travel without. That, and my White Noise app on my phone. :-)
When talking to people about essential oils for the first time it’s challenging to decide what to talk about first! There are so many different oils and applications that I use and love that I find it overwhelming to choose just one! I usually end up talking about Lavender first because that seems to be my go-to oil. I always tell people if you can only buy one oil….buy Lavender. It really is the “working womans oil.”
But, lately I’ve switched things up a bit and have been touting the many benefits of Peppermint. So today I thought I would put them in list form and share them with you! :-)
Here are my Top Ten favorite ways to use Peppermint.
ONE: Increased energy and alertness.
Rub a drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration and accuracy. Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly to keep energy levels up during the day. Inhale before and during a workout to help boost your mood and reduce fatigue. If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.
TWO: Indigestion, bloating and heartburn.
One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion as it has a carminative property of expelling gas. 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. In a pinch, put a drop on your hand and lick it. I always carry the peppermint with me just in case I have a meal that doesn’t sit right with me. It has also helped others I’ve been dining with as well. :-).
My sister was experiencing numbness in her arms and hands brought on by anxiety. I’ve personally never experienced that, but another friend of mine said she has as well. She applied peppermint oil and found that it gave her relief.
FOUR: Stomach pain and menstrual cramps.
Because peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it not only can relieve pain and inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps. It can also be used as a spot treatment for sore muscles after an intense workout session or shoveling snow. :-)
FIVE: Relieves colds, congestion and sinus pain.
Massage 2-3 drops (along with a carrier oil) onto chest or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion. If your head is feeling stuffed or you can’t stop coughing, try a peppermint essential oil steam. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, and add a few drops of essential oil (eucalyptus and rosemary are good combinations with peppermint). Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10-12 inches above the bowl and breathe in the steam. Put a few drops on a cotton ball keep in a baggie in your purse, or a jar at work or home and pull out and inhale throughout the day to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches.
SIX: Common respiratory ailments.
Allergies and other respiratory problems can lead to congestion in the throat, nose, and lungs. Peppermint oil has an antihistamine effect and contains menthol and menthone which makes it a useful decongestant. Peppermint oil has also been found to have anti-congestive, antispasmodic (meaning it helps relax the smooth muscles of respiratory tract), and expectorant properties, making it helpful in controlling asthma symptoms as well.
SEVEN: Foot refresher!
Put a few drops of peppermint oil in smelly shoes for a much fresher experience for all! :-) Feels great on your feet as well! For tired aching feet, add a few drops to a foot bath for some relief of sore, swollen and overworked feet!
EIGHT: Relief for nausea, vomiting and seasickness.
If you suffer from seasickness you know it is NO FUN! One way of getting relief is with peppermint oil. Once while traveling on rough seas, I put a drop on my tongue and held it to the roof of my mouth and I also applied it to my temples. I also shared it with others who were suffering from the same ailment. It helped many of us have a much better sea-going experience! If you or your family are hit with the stomach flu, apply Peppermint oil to all the affected tummies for relief and rest.
NINE: A refreshing drink and fresh breath.
Instead of buying that tempting soft drink, try water with a drop of peppermint oil or lemon oil or both! This is great for anyone trying to kick the caffeine or soft drink habit! A great pick-me-up without the caffeine.
TEN: Critter controller.
If you have a problem with ants in your house, leave a peppermint soaked cotton ball in their pathway. They’re not big fans of mint and you’ll have the nice aroma lingering in your home! In this same vein, mice do not like the smell of peppermint and other minty oils either. Place some cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil wherever mice are congregating in your domicile and you might even hear them scampering away!
What’s your favorite way to use Peppermint EO?