Ah - the joys of Peppermint oil! Found in mints in restaurants, candy canes at Christmas, chewing gum and chocolate mmm! Who would have ever thought that something so decadent is also so good for you!
also known as peppermint essential oil. Why would anyone spend around $25.00 for a little 15 ml. bottle of this - albeit - very special oil?
Well, why do my husband and I make sure we are never without it?
My husband gets migraines. I always know when one is starting to come on because I can smell the peppermint. He likes to dab the oil directly onto his moustache, allowing him to inhale the peppermint over a period of time. He often puts the oil on his forehead and temples as well. This soothes his headache. And you know that tension you get it your neck and shoulders with a migraine? The tension starts to leave and his shoulders relax when he applies it to the back of his neck.
When using peppermint "topically", or directly on your skin, it’s a good idea to dilute it with an oil like
Young Living V-6 Carrier Oil
or if you don't have any, vegetable oil or olive oil will do; otherwise it can sting a bit. Not that there’s any real harm done, we’ve gotten it in our eyes before by accident when we’ve had some oil on our fingers and then rubbed our eyes. We do the silly dance for a minute or two and then it all calms down. Do try to keep it away from your eyes though.
My daughter had issues with motion sickness. To stop the nausea, she would put it on her stomach, and sometimes inhale the scent. She had chronic fatigue and fibromyaliga, and when she felt really rotten, she would put the oil all up and down her spine which she found helped her a lot.
Your digestion takes more energy than anything else you do. They say if you're tired a lot and improve your digestion, that will free up more energy than anything else you could do. Peppermint helps to support your digestion and calms the muscles in your stomach, helping your food digest more efficiently. The relaxing effect continues in your intestines and helps to prevent bloating and flatulence by letting the gases move through. (Note – don’t use peppermint if you have heartburn).
Peppermint oil even helps to reduce overeating. Sometimes the signal that you're full doesn't get through, and peppermint oil helps to turn on the part of your brain that tells you that you're full. You can inhale some peppermint before you eat, or put a couple of drops of peppermint into your glass of water or cup of tea before eating.
Pure, organic peppermint oil is fine to take internally, but make sure it really is pure and organic. There are substitutes out there, and even some where the label says “pure”, but it actually isn’t. Be careful, check with the manufacturer or purchase your essential oil from a reliable supplier such as
Young Living Essential Oils
. Also make sure you do not use a plastic jug or glass. The peppermint will start dissolving the plastic and that isn’t good for you or your dishes. Always use a glass jug and glass.
Peppermint oil helps to reduce inflammation and pain, so it helps with conditions like arthritis, joint pain, cramps and tendonitis.
When you're stuffed up, inhaling peppermint clears you right up. Peppermint oil is an “expectorant”, which just means it gets rid of phlegm and mucus. (Read a
about my mom.)
• Several drops rubbed on the bottom of the feet can help to reduce fever
• It can help to improve concentration and mental sharpness, and inhaling Peppermint during an exam can help to improve recall
• It can relieve pain if applied immediately to an injured area such as when you bruise yourself, if there is a open wound, apply the oil around it rather than directly on it
• It can stop itching, apply it on poison ivy or poison oak
• It stops 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)1.
So you can see that there's a lot of value in a bottle of peppermint. My husband used to buy a bottle of Tylenol every single week, an bottle of peppermint oil lasts way longer than that, is way better for you, and we save a lot of money this way. See for yourself. If you want to order some peppermint oil
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Peppermint Cedarwood Bar Soap™
with peppermint, the cleansing power of cedarwood,and a blend of natural ingredients soothes and cleanses the skin.
enhances the flavour of your food while supporting your digestion. Sprinkle it on food such as eggs, baked potatoes, rice or salads. This delicious blend of rice seed bran, spinach, tomato flakes, beet root powder, flax seed, oat seed bran, broccoli powder, cucumber powder - and more - gives you extra fiber, which most of us need these days.
And for your digestive system, use the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse or the Cleansing Trio Kit.
5-Day Nutritive Cleanse
is a gentle and effective cleansing program which helps to improve overall health and well-being. (Note that this is a starting point: you might need a more intense and targeted program for your particular situation).
Cleansing Trio Kit
will help you to begin to improve your health through cleansing your system and eliminating waste by specifically supporting normal liver function.
Helpful Tips for Use from Young Living 2
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Note: Peppermint oil should not be used on infants or small children, while pregnant, or if you have heartburn or GERD.
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1 Evelyn Vincent. The Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil. Retrieved May 23, 2011 from http://aromatherapy4u.wordpress.com/2007/04/10/the-benefits-of-peppermint-essential-oil
2 Peppermint Essential Oil Product Tips. Retrieved July 8, 2011 from http://www.youngliving.com/essential-oils/Peppermint/