Oiled Up…With Peppermint

Here it is. I’m sure if you liked my last post, you will like this one as well. Again, I am not a doctor by any means and anything I say as far as uses for the body has not been backed up by the FDA so be sure to check with your medical professional if you would like to include on your daily routines. 

Peppermint essential oil is probably one of my favorites. It has a variety of uses ranging from being used as an insecticide to helping relieve tummy issues. 

Peppermint has a calming and uplifting property to it. When it is diffused with wild orange essential oil and frankincense essential oil, it creates what has been called a holiday joy feel. Imagine it’s Christmas time and you have your candy canes and chocolate oranges out. There’s fresh apple cider on the stove and cookies in the oven. I better stop before I make that a reality in my house and it’s only April. 

Peppermint oil can be helpful for digestive issues such as IBS, or irritable bowl syndrome, nausea, and bloating associated with PMS.  

Peppermint essential oil can be used to help with breathing problems especially when combined with eucalyptus essential oil and lavender essential oil. The three combined are known as one of the best natural allergy remedies known to man. You can diffuse a blend of these three oils, apply topically, or make what’s known as an allergy bomb. Essentially, you would create a mini sauna in your sink or in a bowl. Place your head, face down over the sink or bowl and cover your head with a towel to trap in the steam. Take deep breaths and watch it do its magic. 

It is also a great remedy in relieving headaches. It probably won’t instantly relieve a headache, but it will help reduce the discomfort. It also helps relieve other body aches and pains when applied topically. It is best applied when diluted in a carrier such as fractionated coconut oil or almond oil. Say one or two drops of the peppermint to one teaspoon of carrier oil should be plenty. Carrier oils help the body absorb the essential oils. 

I have a friend who has seizures on a regular, daily basis. Some days she may only have one, and others she may have as many as 20 or more. On occassion, she will stop breathing for short periods of time.  It’s almost as if she’s holding her breath. A couple of Sundays ago, Easter Sunday to be exact, she had one of those episodes. She carries peppermint essential oil by Young Living with her everywhere she goes. I removed the cap and put it up to her nose. In just and couple of seconds, she resumed breathing. I know that seems odd. But shortly after, she had a seizure. After the seizure was over, I put the peppermint oil up to her nose again, and she recover from the seizure very quickly compared to most other times. It happened again just yesterday, but instead of the peppermint oil, I used my personal Thrive Blend, which contains the same oils ad Young Living’s Thieves Blend. This blend seemed to work well for her to help her recover fast. 

I mentioned peppermint can be used as an insecticide. Spiders as well as other creepy crawlies don’t like the smell and will avoid areas where it is being used. Certain rodents will avoid it as well. If you have bug problems in your garden or flower beds, you can plant some peppermint plants in amongst the other plants and the bugs will stay away. But, it also helps kill and keep away headlice. There are several different blends and DIY recipes out there using peppermint and tea tree oil as ways to deter headlice. You just have to do a little bit of homework to find one that works for you if you or your little one battles with it. The best part is that it is 100% chemical and Toxin free meaning that it won’t harm your body unless you are allergic to peppermint to begin with. 

I managed to find one DIY recipient online and made my own version based on the original. I used the oils I had and rather than use Vodka, I used rubbing alcohol. It was a little strong on two of my girls as it left their necks a little red, but I also told my wife to make sure she didn’t spray on their skin and only on their hair. So, next time, I won’t out in as much peppermint as it is a very strong oil. 

After using it three or four times on our two year old, my wife told me last night that she got a bath and afterwards,  she combed through her hair and any remaining bugs had gathered up to the crown of her head and had died. 

Peppermint oil can not only be used for the body externally, it can also be consumed. If you are having stomach upset, add one drop or two to a large glass of water. It can also help relieve a toothache. My wife used peppermint oil on one and it worked almost immediately. Unfortunately the tooth had an infection so it didn’t help the pain well with the infection. But, there are other oils and blends to try for oral infections. That’s a post for another time where I will share other oils that help with oral health. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg on peppermint oil. You can learn a whole lot more by visiting Young Living and Plant Therapy online or just searching for peppermint essential oil properties and uses.  Next time, I will highlight another one of my favorites, cinnamon essential oil. 

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Oiled Up and Other Things

I know. I know. There are so many thousands of blogs, websites, books, and pamphlets on natural living and organic diets and what have you. I have over the past months begun a small research on essential oils. I have looked at many things such as the best oils, the best brands, the worst brands, and many other things.  I don’t want to endorse any particular brand or company, but I will suggest two or three companies that you can purchase your oils from. 

As I am not well versed in the oils and their uses, I am amazed at what I have learned up to this point. I am not a doctor either so I can’t give medical advice. Anything I say should be taken with a grain of salt as far as what to use the oils for. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think using oils may be a good option. 

So, why did I get started using essential oils? My story begins with a post on a social media account. A friend of mine said she hadn’t been feeling well.  Suffering from either a flu or cold virus. After having taken a bath with Thieves Oil Blend, she said that the water had turned into a grey-ish color. She couldn’t say for sure it was because of the detoxification process, but it sparked my interest. I began researching the oils after that. 

I do need to let you know that using essential oils can be expensive, but if you use them wisely, they will pay for themselves in the long run compared to buying outrageously priced medications and toxic cleaning chemicals, both of which contain synthetics and toxins that can have serious side effects. 

So what are essential oils? If you already know, please be with me as those who don’t know are just learning. 

Nearly every plant has oils in their roots, leaves, flowers, and barks. These oils are essentially the essence of the plants. They are obtained by different methods, but the most commonly used process is steam distillation. This method usually produces the best product. There a some oils that can’t be processed this way so they are cold pressed. Most of the fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits are cold pressed. 

After the oils are extracted, they are then tested for quality, bottled and sold. But it’s not that simple. A good company will perform several tests for quality and if it passes each test, it will be sold.  If it fails even just one test, it will not be sold. 

Now before you purchase your oils, you do need to do some homework. Don’t just go to any store and buy oils if they sell them. You may not be getting a good product. When it comes to the production if essential oils, the FDA had no regulation at this time as for what is considered 100% pure essential oil. A company can make the oil, dilute it with water or alcohol or synthetic fragrance, bottle it, and slap a sticker on it calling it 100% pure, theraputic essential oil. 

A genuine 100% pure essential oil will be processed just precisely and will not be diluted with anything.  The bottle should be labeled along those signs. It should indicate that it is 100% pure essential oil and it should also indicate it is theraputic. The label is usually an indicator of quality oil, but unless you research the company selling the oil (not the store), you won’t really know. The price of the oil is another good indicator. Because of the amount of labor used to make the oil in add to the amount of plants needed to make just one 5ml bottle, the cost can be upwards of $20.00 for just one bottle. 

There is still more to know when you buy that first bottle of oil. Let’s look at the companies out there. Do they know where their crops are coming from? Do they know where the plants came from? Do they know who planted the crops? Do they know if insecticides were used? Do they know when they were harvested and what quality of dirt the crops were planted in? 

There is just one company that knows this information and more. As I said before, I am not going to endorse one company over another. I want to inform and you make the decisions based on what you have learned. This company is probably the leading company in essential oils. Young Living has built a reputation of being the cream of the crop. You can also check out how dedicated they are to ensuring quality oils here

After establishing Young Living in 1994, the Youngs developed more farmland in Utah and Idaho and began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other herbs.  Fueled by a growing demand for top-quality essential oils, Young Living designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced essential oil distillate in North America. In harmony with the efforts, Young Living developed its groundbreaking Seed to Seal (circle R) process, which preserves the integrity and potency of essential oils through every step of the production process. 

Similarly, this company also holds their oils to high standards.  Plant Therapy  is another great company. While they do not own their own farms, they do work very closely with farms and farmers. Plant Therapy does have a high standard for the oils being produced. They are reasonably priced. Some of their prices are priced lower than others. They have a few excellent gift sets to start off with. For approximately  $30.00, you can get a set of 6 oils. One of the things in like about them is that they give back to charity. 

Essential oils are composed of many constituents, typically about 100, though it can range from 10-200. Factors that affect the composition, and therefore the quality of an oil, include where the plant was grown (country of origin, latitude, elevation) soil and weather conditions, time of day and time of year of harvest, and various parameters of distillation. 

Plant Therapy, like Young Living, also tests their oils for quality. They are tested first by one scientist and rend then sent on to a third party testing facility before being bottled and sold. At this facility, two tests are performed and if necessary, a third. Young Living conducts a series of eight tests that each batch of oil must pass. As mentioned earlier, if a batch fails just one test, it is rejected. Young Living in turn, takes the rejected oils and sprays it back on the crops as natural insect repellant. Toxin free! 

Young Living and Plant Therapy are my two favorite companies, but there are many more companies out there. Here is a list of many companies so you can get started researching where to purchase your oils from.  Each one is a clickable link. 

Young Living 

doterra
Edens Garden Essential Oils 
Radha Beauty Essential Oils
Majestic Pure Essential Oils 
Now Foods (NOW) Essential Oils 
ArtNaturals Essential Oils 
Healing Solutions Essential Oils 
Rocky Mountain Essential Oils 
Aura Cacia Essential Oils  
Plant Therapy
Next time, we will look into what essential oils are used for and how to use them. I will then highlight some of the more popular oils and what they can be used for.