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Friday, February 10, 2012

Peppermint Essential Oil

The longer I use essential oils, the more uses I find for peppermint. So much so, in fact, that it has become one of my very favorite oils. Amazingly, peppermint is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, expectorant, and stimulant! I can attest to its having many of these attributes. Here are some ways it helps me and my family:

  • Soothes muscle aches and pains (for me, even better than the blend DeepBlue)
  • Eases indigestion (especially when taken internally*)
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Opens up sinus congestion and relieves pressure
  • Increases alertness (great for use in meetings or while driving long distances)
  • Creates fabulous breath (a side benefit I've noticed when taking it internally*)
  • Helps bring down a fever
  • Is very tasty when added to homemade brownies and homemade ice cream (both without refined sugar, of course).*
*You can only do this with certified therapeutic grade oils, like doTerra, because they are completely pure and completely safe for ingestion. And with each drop being the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea, the flavor goes a long way but also has concentrated medicinal benefits.

The coolest thing about essential oils, to me, is that they empower me to self-medicate safely and with no side effects, yet very effectively. This is way more than plain old aromatherapy, folks!

If you're interested in learning more about this lovely oil, including many more uses for it, check out this site. And if you're interested in the science behind why peppermint works (and how it can work in so many different ways), click here.


Jenni said...

So, I'm still learning about essential oils. I have been using tea tree oil for cloth diapers for years, and using lavender for bug bites (and as bug repellant) for a couple of years... but for Christmas my mom got me a book and several more oils, and so I've been able to use more of them now since I have a reference to know which one to use. One of my friends became a rep for doTerra last year too, so she's my go-to reference for stuff. I've been using bergamot and the dT 'citrus bliss' for my depression.

A couple of weeks ago my neighbor (whom I happen to visit teach), had the flu, so I checked with my friend, and then mixed up tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint with a little olive oil and took them over to her. She told me later that not only did she get feeling better from the flu, but that her mood lifted so much that her husband commented on it the next day!
This weekend we've had a tummy bug. Different family members had different symptoms (some of us kept our digestive tract going one direction and some did not), but a little peppermint mixed into some coconut oil and rubbed on tummies and feet was helpful for soothing upset tummies. Inhaling it was good for nausea, and the book recommended putting 2 drops in a capsule and ingesting it for diarrhea, so I did that. I've been the only person whose system stayed uni-directional, and I really wonder if it was ingesting the peppermint that helped. :)

Katrina said...

It wouldn't surprise me a bit! Peppermint is doing amazing things for me! I'm glad you're learning more about them too, and that you've been able to help your family and others. :) The more I learn about essential oils, the more I know how much I have left to learn...


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