Whether it be topical or oral use, peppermint’s fresh taste and the smell is one of the best and also one of the most beneficial. It’s also one of the most versatile essential oils in the world next to only lavender. There are very few issues you experience with your body that they cannot help with.
Until recently I would’ve told you peppermint is a herb and is used for peppermint candy, breath mints and chocolate mint candy’s like they give out at a well-known Italian restaurant. I had no interest in its origin, nor did I question my food, my health or medicine. I always trusted the “system” I was raised in. Now that I have learned otherwise, do extensive research and question each substance that goes into my body, I also understand the benefits of substances such as peppermint essential oil.
Fresh breathe is probably the most commonly known use for peppermint. One question I had after discovering essential oils was why the food industry adds so many added chemicals to food when they can use a single drop of an oil such as peppermint. Take a look at your Altoids mints or your peppermint flavored gum ingredients. All those ingredients just to imitate peppermint flavoring plus the added sugar.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort. That’s only speaking of the digestive benefits. Here are a few benefits that might surprise you.
- Improves Focus
- Nausea Relief
- Freshens Breathe
- Headache Relief
- Did you know that by taking one of the leading headache pills, your stomach can bleed up to 2-3 tablespoons of blood and damage the stomach lining?
- Fever Reducer
- Energy Booster
- Releases Tight Muscles
Tips for Using Peppermint Essential Oil
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
- Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
- Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
Peppermint can also be used to make a Thin Mint Chocolate Smoothie or mint chocolate cookies, etc. Just add a drop or two to the recipe depending on how strong you prefer.
To sum this up, peppermint essential oil should be part of your wellness lifestyle. Using it daily will only help you reach and maintain your health!