Peppermint is the most commonly used Essential Oil because of it’s availability, low cost, and immediate results and effectiveness. When I think of peppermint I think about a commercial that totally inspires me every time I see it. It’s about a Yoke Peppermint Patty: A beautiful women’s lips take a small bit of the peppermint patty and pow!!! Her pupils shrink down to pin points, her hair whips around back from her face, and she gets goosebumps on her skin. I love that commercial because it demonstrates peppermint so well. The fresh burst of peppermint is unmatched by any scent or flavor in our natural world. There is really nothing like it!
Peppermint EO (essential oil) as a flavor is wonderful to play with. Making your own peppermint chocolates with unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, honey or agave, and peppermint and putting them in molds in the refrigerator is a cooling delicious treat once they set-up! And very healthy!! Peppermint in your purified water is a cooling agent in the summer heat. Giving it to children who are playing summer sports will keep their body system cool and working effectively. If you or your child feels nausea, like they need to throw-up, peppermint on the back of the neck can sooth and take the feeling away. It is refreshing even if you do get sick and don’t make it in time. Applying it after feels soothing and help with the cramping.
Other ways to use peppermint include: Headaches, congestion, indigestion cramps, circulation, cooling fevers, taking away nausea, taking away a hangover and makes you sober, freshening breath, helping with energy, focus, concentration, and memory! It also repels ants, roaches, lice, fleas, and mice!
For an energizing boost put a drop of peppermint in your hands, rub your hands together, then cup them over your nose and mouth…avoiding your eyes… and take 8 to 10 deep inhaling breaths slow and deliberate. Your eyes may water, but in a purifying refreshing way. Inhaling peppermint this way will also help with headaches, congestion, hangovers, and nausea. And here is a link to a YouTube video about how to inhale peppermint for weight loss.
Peppermint applied to the back of the neck will cool your body temperature immediately.
This is a good idea to keep in your cooler on picnics, sporting events, on outdoor job sites, and if you don’t have AC!! Applying the oil to the back of your neck also helps with neck pain at the computer, and concentration and focus. It keeps your mind awake and refreshed.
Peppermint applied directly to the skin can give circulation for sore muscles from working out or over work a muscle. Please note that delicate tissues like eyeballs, lips, nostrils, and stomach should be avoided or the oil diluted with another oil like olive oil, coconut oil, or vegetable oil. Essential oils are never to be applied inside the ears although around the ears and on the temporal bones works very well!
Ingesting peppermint is great for acid reflux, bad breath, and gassy bloated stomach. Please read the label of the essential oil before ingesting. Many store bought oils say: For External Use Only. Do not put these in your mouth.
I’d love to hear your experiences with peppermint essential oils, please tell me about your favorite uses of this treasure in the comments below.
Young Living Essential Oils Consultant and Distributor, Certified Massage Therapist with Austin Health and Wellness Clinic providing the Raindrop Technique.