Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
If you want to start an essential oils collection, peppermint essential oil is a good start. This is because it is a very versatile and one of the commonly used essential oil. Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal use and it has a strong, clean, fresh and minty aroma. Peppermint oil has a high menthol content that produces a cooling and refreshing sensation and is extracted from the whole plant above ground just before flowering. Peppermint essential oil is very intense and is far more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils. Here are good reasons why you should consider adding peppermint essential oil to your daily life:
Spider and bug repellent
All spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs and there are certain scents they hate, and one of them is peppermint essential oil, which will help to repel the spiders both inside and outside your home. It is also effective against other bugs. Take a 12 oz bottle of witch hazel and add to it 30-50 drops of essential oil. Shake well and place in your spray bottle using a funnel. Before each use just shake up a bit. Other good essential oils to add to the mix are lemon grass, citronella, tea tree, spearmint and cinnamon.
Increase concentration and alertness
You’ve probably heard that along with smart teaching, careful preparation, a good night’s sleep and a full stomach, peppermint candies are said to improve test performance. In the 1990s, researchers at University of Cincinnati found that a smell of peppermint helped test subjects concentrate and do better on tasks that required sustained concentration and achieved improvement in focus and alertness. You can just put the bottle under your nose and inhale
Refreshing and cooling peppermint essential oil contains a significant amount of menthol. Amongst its many uses, menthol is known to help relax and ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
Relieve muscle, joint pain and nerve pain
Peppermint essential oil is good to soothe tired, aching muscles, relieve arthritis and rheumatism. Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a hot bath (you can also add 2-3 cups of Epsom salt to enhance the effect). It’s a good idea to mix the essential oil drops in a small amount of carrier oil first and then add to the bath. Or you can use it as a massage oil – use about 10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage this oil blend into any body part where your muscles are sore.
Relieve sinus congestion
Rosemary, tee tree, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils may help relieve some symptoms of sinus congestion. Just do a steam inhalation by adding few drops of peppermint essential oil in boiling water, and place a towel over your head. Bend over the pan and breathe in the steam. It will provide a cooling action and can bring a feeling of air flowing through your nose.
Pure peppermint essential oil is edible! First be sure that the oil is very, very diluted, and make sure you’re using food-grade essential oil, as most are not edible. Only food grade essential oils, such as Young Living Essential Oils, can be ingested or taken internally. Add a drop to your tea, coffee or few drops to cookie, brownie or other dessert recipes.
Refresh your breath
Place one drop of peppermint essential oil on your tongue to refresh your breath.
The aromatherapy bath with various essential oils is a simple and very effective aromatherapy treatment. We all know the relaxing properties of water and essential oils, but the aromatherapy bath doesn’t have to be relaxing. It can also be stimulating, depending on the essential oils that you choose and the water temperature. Peppermint essential oil is good for stimulation and revitalizing your body.
Alleviate symptoms of motion sickness or nausea
Place a drop of peppermint essential oil on the end of your tongue, or behind your ears, or around your navel or massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on your abdomen, or just inhale it from a handkerchief to find relief. Don’t use peppermint essential oil during pregnancy.
Peppermint has become one of the oldest and most used herbs for soothing digestion issues and restoring digestive efficiency. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to a herbal tea or a cup of water to help aid normal digestion.