Benefits Of Peppermint
All about benefits of peppermint and uses for peppermint essential oil. My favourite peppermint foot soak and peppermint tea benefits. And my simple aromatherapy essential oils guide.
Just the thought of fresh peppermint plant leaves is enough to lift the spirits...
And no wonder, as peppermint has been used for centuries for it's relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is a wonderful pain reliever and a real pick-me-up for aching muscles and tired feet. I also love to use it as an air refresher...
Have a look at this list of ways to enjoy the benefits of peppermint oil:
- IBS and Bloating
IBS and gas or bloating is caused by the intestinal muscles contracting irregularly and getting into a spasm. Peppermint oil relaxes muscles and relieves the pain caused by bloating. It has has also been known to dissolve gallbladder stones.
Peppermint capsules are the best way to enjoy the benefits of peppermint and ibs. The capsules release the right amount of oil into the digestive tract. You can also sip a glass of warm water with a few drops of peppermint oil. Or make a peppermint tea to sip after meals.
- Tension Headaches and Aching Joints
Tension headaches are often caused by tense muscles in the neck. Peppermint oil relaxes the muscles and reliefs the tension.
Apply a few drops of oil to your temples and massage gently. This is also good for relieving sinus pressure. Massage a few drops on to any aching joints or muscles for relief.
- In The Home
~ Because of it's strong smell, peppermint oil is useful for getting rid of any insects such as fleas, flies, cockroaches, ants and mosquitoes. In fact, it is just a great natural pest control product! Put a few drops of oil on a cotton ball and place at the entrances of your home. Or just put a few drops of neat oil near problem spots.
~ Peppermint oil can also be effective as a flea repellent on your pets. Put a few drops on a wet cotton ball and wipe over their coat. Make sure to have a weaker solution rather than stronger as our animals sense of smell is much more sensitive than ours.
~ Use peppermint oil on indoor and outdoor plants to get rid of aphids and other pests that nibble your plants. Mix a few drops of oil in a spray bottle of distilled water, and spray your plants. You can also spray around your home or outside buildings to keep mice and insects away.
- Treat Cold Symptoms
Relieve your stuffy nose and sinus with a good inhalation of peppermint oil. The anti-inflammatory properties will clear your nasal passages and the relaxing benefits will ease your tension.
Put a few drops of peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water, lean over and inhale. I like to include a drop of eucalyptus oil to the mixture. You can also place a drop under your nose to relieve congestion
More Peppermint Oil Uses
- A drop of peppermint oil on the soles of your feet will relieve hot flashes.
- A deep inhalation of peppermint oil after a meal will trigger your brain to feel full. This is good for curbing your appetite.
- Apply a drop to the wrists and navel to alleviate travel sickness.
- Peppermint is said to increase concentration. Chew a peppermint candy before writing a test or when you need to focus on a task. Use in a diffuser whilst studying to aid recall.
- Apply to your feet to calm and relieve anxiety.
- Use as a flavouring in ice cream, tea and other drinks. Put a drop in a glass of cold water for a refreshing cool drink.
How To Use Peppermint Oil
To enjoy the benefits of peppermint oil, you can use it different ways.
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