Peppermint essential oil is famous for flavoring candy canes and gum and all those yummy minty-sweet goodies. It's also terrific for a morning wake-up in the shower.
Try using peppermint oil to help relieve migraines and headaches - some days it works for me, some days not. Dilute a drop or two in a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage gently into the back of your neck and your temples (do not get it in your eyes - ow!)
For nausea, opening the bottle and taking a sniff may be all you need to settle your stomach.
For a more portable option, put a few drops on a tissue and carry it with you. This is great for kids who get car sick, as well as for morning sickness and hangovers. You can also put a few drops in a aromatherapy diffuser for stomach flu.
For minty-fresh breath, add one drop of peppermint to a cup of water and use it as a mouthwash.
Peppermint can help relieve the itching pain of shingles. Click here for a good peppermint lotion recipe.
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Peppermint is a perennial, summer-growing flowering herb that grows between one to three feet (30cm to 90cm) high and has pale violet flowers.
The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from fresh or partly dried plants.
Strong, fresh, sharp, clean minty scent.
Lifts mood, calms nerves
Relieves occasional stomach upset, supports digestion and increases appetite
Stimulates physical and mental energy
Helps relieve joint and muscle pain, eg, sprains, strains or arthritis
Supports alertness, memory, focus and mental clarity
Soothes itchy skin
Supports physical strength and endurance
Promotes clear breathing when used as an inhalation
Refreshes breath and supports oral health
Mid-day pick-me-up: Put a dab of coconut oil or unscented lotion in your hand and mix in 1 drop each peppermint and orange. Rub on the back of your neck and behind your ears.
Diffuse peppermint during study time.
Blends well with lavender oil for a soothing massage blend.
Add to shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating scalp massage.
Inhale for an energizing pick-me-up on long drives.
Spritz around windows and doors for a fresh scent that discourages bugs.
Peppermint oil's strong, penetrating top note blends well with all the citrus oils, as well as with eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, palmarosa, tea tree and ylang ylang.
Do not use on skin during pregnancy or as a skin application for children under seven.
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