One of the main reasons I started becoming more serious with using essential oils is because of my constant headaches that I would get. I have bad allergies and suffer from sinus issues so headaches were a regular part of my life. I would pop some sort of over the counter drugs to help relieve the pressure and pain.
One of the first oils I tried was Peppermint. Besides loving the smell it also gave me great relief from my headaches just by rubbing a bit on my temples, back of my neck and forehead. After that moment, I was hooked and I started to look at other ways that myself and family could benefit from using Peppermint oil. While there are a zillion different ways a person can use peppermint oil, I’ve come up with my top 10 ways to use Peppermint essential oil.
10 Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
Headaches – Massage your temples, forehead and back of the neck to help relieve pain and pressure
Congestion – Apply to the chest or diffuse to help alleviate congestion. I also use it in a vapor rub that I make.
Cold Sores – Apply a drop on the cold sore area when you first start having that tingling feeling, and continue to do so a few times.
Digestive Issues – Rub on your abdomen to give you relief from a upset stomach or diarrhea. I also like to put a drop in about 1/3 cup of water and drink it. It also helps with nausea and vomiting, just drink as you would for digestive issues or even apply to the bottom of your feet, repeat hourly. Peppermint also works well with DiGize too.
Bumps and Bruises – Apply a few drops directly on the location of the bump or bruise to reduce inflammation – I have 2 boys so we have used it a lot just for this reason.
Detoxify – By drinking peppermint oil you are gently detoxifying the body. Just add a few drops to about a 1/2 cup of water and drink up.
Sore Muscles – Peppermint oil has a lot of anti-inflammatory effects that could be helpful to ease cramping and muscle strains. Trust me on this…I did a 3 day 60 mile walk and it was a lifesaver!
Fever – Even though it’s considered a HOT oil it also has a very cooling effect which can help reduce a fever when applied to the spine and bottoms of the feet.
Respiratory Support – This one of the reasons why I love peppermint because it opens up the sinuses and is helpful for people with asthma and bronchitis. You can diffuse peppermint or just breathe directly from the bottle. You can also massage a few drop directly on the chest to open up the airways. I also love mixing peppermint with eucalyptus oil.
Anti-Itch – I’ve been making creams to help with my dry winter skin. When you mix peppermint and lavender together it will cool and soothe dry itchy skin and is also great for rashes or poison ivy.
I also love to add a bit of peppermint oil to a batch of brownies, cookies or chocolate smoothie. A single drop will do the trick! What are some of the ways you like to use peppermint oil? Just remember peppermint is a hot oil and should be diluted when using with kids or even adults that have sensitive skin and should not be given to children under the age of 6 years old.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.