Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint is widely used in tea as a garnish and is used in herbal teas because of its therapeutic benefits. Peppermint essential oil that is therapeutic grade, is highly concentrated and extremely powerful! ONE drop of Young Living Peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of tea! Can you believe that? That is amazing! Can you imagine having to drink 28 cups of tea to get the same benefits as one drop of essential oil. No thanks!
My favorite way to use peppermint oil is in my coffee! I put a drop into my Gano Cafe classic black coffee every morning. It is like having a peppermint mocha from a coffee shop. I love not only the taste but also smelling the peppermint oil vapors coming out of the cup. It wakes me up, gives me energy and helps curb my appetite. I also love the powerful effects peppermint oil has on my sinuses, as well as my husband and children. We have not had a sinus infection in a year, and my son was prone to them 2-3 times a year! What a blessing this oil is to me and my family! There are so many ways to use peppermint essential oil.
Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil Uses:
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion and to relieve heartburn.
- Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure/headache.
- Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine. Excellent to do prior to working out!
- Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
- Rub 4-6 drops of Peppermint oil in the palm and rub over the stomach and around the naval to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
- Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on an area of injury or chronic inflammation.
- Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (not broken skin) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around but not on the open wound.
- Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
- Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
- For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 vegetable mixing oil.
- Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).
- Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil
while taking a test to improve recall.
- Rub 4 drops of Peppermint oil on the chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.
- Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
- Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring. Recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
- To deter rodents, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the
path or point of entry for these pests.
- Mix a 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
- Place a drop of Peppermint oil in a cup of coffee to create your own peppermint mocha.
- Add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 oz. of water and spray plants to kill aphids.
- Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
- Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
- Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.
- Remove tick by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to withdraw its head from the skin and remove it.
- Mix Peppermint oil in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.
Research on Peppermint Essential Oil shows these Effects
Peppermint essential oil applied topically for tension-type headaches was studied in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study at Christian Albrechts University in Germany (Badia et al., 1990). The conclusion? “Peppermint oil seems to be a harmless and effective treatment for tension-type headaches.” University of Kiel researchers also found that peppermint oil and a mixture of peppermint and eucalyptus oil reduced headaches. (Ref. 1 – References are at the end of this article) The same study showed peppermint to be effective in reducing emotional irritation, depression, and apathy (inactivity).
Research published in 2001 in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology found that inhalation of peppermint increased athletic performance in humans. Volunteer runners finished the 400-metcr dash faster, had significant strength (determined by handgrip), and could complete more pushups after inhaling peppermint oil (Raudenbush, 2001).
What is your favorite way to use Peppermint Essential Oil? Do you use it other than any of the above mentioned? Share with me! I love your comments and feedback!
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