With its minty fresh scent what’s not to love about peppermint essential oil. This oil is cooling to the skin and refreshing to the mind and body. This incredibly fresh scent can leave the senses alert and focused. Plus it certainly does much more than freshen your breath! It’s used to soothe nausea and other stomach issues and cool overworked muscles. Luckily, peppermint also helps to clear congestion, calms headaches and tackles symptoms from PMS.
It’s important to note that peppermint essential oil is more intense and concentrated than other essential oils. The topical application of peppermint oil is generally safe, although it is necessary to dilute with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil. It is advised that some people may experience a burning sensation or allergic rash, especially with sensitive skin. And more importantly, it is never advised to use on young children.
The entire plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties which provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic and carminative properties.
Peppermint is an incredibly versatile essential oil and benefits many of the body’s systems. Although Frankincense is renowned for its versatility, peppermint comes a close second. Plus it can be used topically, aromatically, and internally in many different ways. So here’s just a few of it’s uses.
Apply peppermint oil to the back of the neck to help cool you down and reduce stress and tension. While promoting focus, alertness, and a positive mood.
Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea.
Inhaling peppermint oil is also said to help curb the appetite by triggering a sense of fullness.
Peppermint tastes delicious, try a mug of peppermint tea to help soothe tension headaches or tame your tummy.
Adding three to four drops into a diffuser can help support the respiratory system and digestive system. The strong aroma can help you wake up in the mornings or when you’re feeling sleepy and need to be alert.