Oil of the Week – Peppermint Oil

There are a few oils that can fall in the category of “Magic” oils in the essential oil world; Peppermint oil is one of them, along with Lavender and Frankincense. Peppermint is a hybrid plant which is a mix of spearmint and watermint. It used to be indigenous to Europe and Middle East region, but, today, can be seen around the world.

Peppermint oil is one of the oldest essential oils used in the world with documented proof of its use dating back to around 4,000 BC. It’s versatility can be credited to its historical usage. There are very few problems where peppermint oil cannot help.

Uses of peppermint oil
Uses of peppermint oil

Application peppermint oil will have a calming and cooling effect. You can use peppermint oil for:

Pain Relief

Peppermint Oil is an excellent oil to use for relief from pain. That is why many sportsmen and women use peppermint oil to help relieve strained muscles. It has a pleasant cooling effect when applied to the skin.

Digestion

Peppermint Oil helps reduce digestive problems. It is also used in many Over-The-Counter medicines treating for digestive problems. Adding a couple of drops of pure peppermint oil to a cup of tea or a cup of hot water will give you relief from stomach ache and digestive problems.

Nausea

Peppermint oil helps reduce irritation in the upper respiratory tract and the digestive tract. This helps reduce nausea. Apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil behind your ears or add it in your diffuser to get relief from nausea.

Mouth Freshener

Add a few to drops to your bottle of water or put a couple of drops under your tongue and drink water on top for a minty fresh breath.

Decongestant

Peppermint Oil dissolves solidified mucus in the sinus cavity. This helps clear sinus blockages and in turn help you breath freely. For treating blocked sinus, add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to boiling water and inhale the steam with a towel over your head. Alternatively, you can add peppermint oil to your diffuser to help get relief from blocked sinus.

Arthritis

Peppermint oil works excellently in soothing joint pains specially arthritis related pains. Apply a few drops tropically on joints that are hurting and get instant pain relief.

Bug Repellent

Mosquitoes and bugs like cockroaches, house flys, ants and other household bugs hate the smell of peppermint oil. Just massage a few drops on the sides of the ear and on your wrist to use as bug repellent. You can also add a few drops with your floor cleaner for freedom from cockroaches, spiders and other bugs.

Hair Growth

Peppermint oil helps strengthen the roots and the length of the hair, thus reducing hair fall. You just need to add a couple of drops to your shampoo and then apply, leaving it on for a few minutes.

Pick-me-up

Thanks to Peppermint oil, you do not need to resort to energy drinks or shots, just take a few whiffs of the oil to instantly feel a boost in your mood and alertness. This makes a healthy and natural alternative for anyone who needs a pick-me-up every now and then, such as, people in business, students who need to study, people driving for long distances, etc.

Disclaimer: When using any essential oil topically, please do a skin test first. And if you are planning on ingesting any essential oil, then ensure you are buying a food grade oil with no other additives. 

 

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