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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