Peppermint Essential Oils have been used by ancient civilizations for perfume, headaches and soothe upset stomachs. Today, it continues to be used for many physical and emotional benefits and many more which we have listed below. It is one of those oils that you always want to have on hand.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Peppermint was one of the ingredients found in “Four Thieves Vinegar” or “Marseilles Vinegar”? The vinegar protected against the plague in the 15th century and was developed by thieves who robbed graves that worked in the spice industry!
Today the uses for peppermint are long. Here is some of them;
Eliminate Bad Breath: Bad breath is typically a symptom of some underlying factor. If the issue is digestive, 4 drops of peppermint oil diluted with water and swished in the mouth like mouthwash will bring relief.
Relieve Heartburn: Add a drop or peppermint oil to your tea along with a teaspoon of honey. Or, try a drop of two of peppermint oil in a glass of milk. You can also mix 5 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) and massage onto your upper abdomen.
Cool a Fever: A few drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the torso can reduce body temperature by 3 degrees in minutes. You can also place a few drops of oil on a wet washcloth and apply head to toe to comfort and cool a fevered body.
Drowsiness: Combine peppermint with a citrus oil such as lemon or orange and apply to e back of the neck. Inhale the oil that is left on your hands. I love this; it really does work.
Soothe a Stomach Ache: Put one drop in a large glass water and drink up.
Reduce Bloating: Rub on the stomach to help with bloating caused by gas and indigestion.
Combat Nausea: Rub a drop of peppermint oil on the abdomen or place a drop in a cup of hot water and sip it.
Stop Itching: Apply peppermint oil to stop itching caused by bug bites, hives, poison ivy or poison oak.
10. Relieve constipation: Combined with a carrier oil and massaged over the lower abdomen, peppermint will relieve the constipation and get things moving again.
Deter Mice: Place cotton balls with peppermint in areas around your home where mice like to congregate. Mice do not like peppermint (and by the way, neither do raccoons).
Repel spiders and ants: Place peppermint oil on a cotton ball or cotton pad and place in areas where you find spiders and ants. Better yet, make a peppermint bug spray. Add 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil to water in a spray bottle. This also works to get rid of aphids in the garden.
13. Tick removal: Soak some peppermint oil on a q-tip then dab on the tick. Look for the tick to withdraw its head and then remove it.
Tendon and Joint pain: Mix 10 drops each of peppermint, lavender and rosemary oil with 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage away your aches and pains.
Relieve seasonal allergies: Combine lavender, peppermint and lemon essential oils together with some carrier oil and rub on the bottoms of the feet, the back of the neck and across the forehead. Then take your hands, cup them over your nose and inhale with deep cleansing breaths. This will bring instant relief.
Relaxing foot soak: Add peppermint oil to a pan or bowl or warm water for a relaxing foot soak The same applies to tired aching feet. Add a few drops to a foot bath to relieve sore, swollen and overworked feet.
Stress relief: Add to a diffuser to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion. There is something uplifting about peppermint and will leave you refreshed. This is also effective when your are feeling anxious and restless.
Freshen air: Ditto. Add to a diffuser to freshen the air, or add to a pot of boiling water.
Household cleaning: Mix with vinegar and water to make an effective, all purpose household cleaner.
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 32 oz. (1 quart) cups water
- 1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. peppermint essential oil
Control odor: A few drops in the bottom of your kitchen or bathroom garbage can will leave a nice, fresh, minty smell and will also deter those ants, spiders and mice.
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