While researching essential oils I came across a wonderful article about Peppermint oil. Peppermint essential oil has so many uses; this oil is becoming a staple in many people’s homes. With a lot of us trying to get more homeopathic with our uses of medicine I found this essential oil has many beautiful properties. It’s used to soothe nausea and other stomach issues, relieve overworked muscles, and help heighten brain activity thanks to the cool menthol. In addition, peppermint also helps to clear congestion, slow a headache and tackle symptoms from PMS.
Keep in mind that peppermint is very strong and a somewhat intense concentrated oil. It does burn a little if you do not dilute it in a carrier oil such as grape seed or sesame seed oil. I’ve used jojoba as well and it works wonders. If you have sensitive skin, it may burn or leave a rash. I do have very sensitive skin and I have never put it directly on my skin – I always add a few drops to a cotton round along with a good carrier oil. It feels amazing and leaves you with that cooling sensation.
If you have ever picked a peppermint leaf and felt the menthol properties of it you can begin to wonder – what else can I do with this amazing leaf plant? After reading up on it I found it has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties just to name a few.
Another way to take advantage of this plant is to add it to a diffuser and smell the aroma in your home. Another great benefit, it gets rid of rodents and ants and many other small pests.
More benefits are …
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Dietary supplements containing peppermint oil are also used by some people for the following conditions, although there is no clear evidence that they are helpful:
- Morning sickness
- Cramps of the upper gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts
- Bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine
- Inflammation of the mouth and throat
- Sinus and respiratory infections
- Menstrual problems
- Liver and gallbladder problems
Skin preparations containing peppermint oil are used by some people for the following conditions, although, again, there is no clear evidence that they are helpful:
- Muscle pain
- Nerve pain
- Inflammation of the mouth
- Joint conditions
- Allergic rash
- Bacterial and viral infections
Make sure you use the oils properly. Do a Google search on what you might want to use it for and how to disburse it; I’ll post one below.
What are your favorite ways to use Peppermint Essential Oil?