What oil helps with bad breath, a headache, and smells like heaven?! I had you at heaven didn’t I? Peppermint oil! Boom!
This oil has many magnificent uses… it is an invigorating oil and well known for its medicinal uses. For centuries it has been used to calm digestive issues, freshen our mouths, relieve headaches, colic, gas, heartburn and indigestion.
Along with Lavender and Lemon oil, Peppermint comes in on the top of our list as “must haves” in our essential oil collection. The refreshing scent is easy to love and use daily.
This essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a soothing and calming effect on the body.
Uses for Topical Application :
Topical Application (Neat):
- Allergy relief
- Cold Sores
- Fever Reducer
- Bacterial Infections
- Swollen Eyes
- Varicose Veins
- Sore Muscles
- Throat Infection
- Bad Breath
- Boost Energy
- Improve Mental Focus
- Relief for Colds, Cough, Sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis
- Reduce Hunger Cravings
Aromatic Application (Direct Inhalation or Diffuse) for:
- Motion Sickness
- Increase Alertness
- Increase Endurance
- May help to relieve headaches and minor stomach aches
This purifying and stimulating scent is cooling on hot days and diffusing the oil can potentially help curb cravings to snack.
Interesting Fact: Peppermint oil is produced by specialized cells on the underside of the leaves. It is said the best time to harvest and collect peppermint oil is on a sunny day when flowering is just beginning and menthol is at its peak. (Source)
A great DIY recipe for peppermint oil is a homemade mouthwash!
- A small glass airtight container
- 1 cup filtered or distilled water
- 4 tsp baking soda
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a small glass and airtight container. Shake well before each use. Swish 3 tsp of wash for 1 minute and avoid swallowing.
Hippie Tip: Experiencing a fever? Rub Peppermint essential oil on your feet, back, and temples to help reduce the fever. Be sure to dilute in a carrier oil for children.
How do you use peppermint oil? Do you have a recipe or a few tips you can share with us?!
Disclaimer: Use caution if pregnant or if you have high blood pressure. Always do your research before using these powerful earthly gifts.
Live Hippily…. and keep it cool!