So, today I wanted to chat a little bit about 3 ways I use peppermint essential oil in my nest. It’s one of those staple oils, like lavender and lemon. Everyone should have some in their home because it just has so many uses.
I love popping one single drop with boiling water into my favourite teacup and sipping away at it. It’s just like having a peppermint tea but it has lots more peppermint in it than a whole teaspoon of peppermint leaf.
I also love putting a couple of drops of peppermint oil into the palm of my hand, rubbing my hands together and them slowly inhaling the smell. It clears the sinuses and helps stop runny noses and it can also help get rid of a light headache.
A couple of drops on the back of your neck is great for relieving stress and also helps if you’re feeling a bit ‘hot around the collar’, literally! Peppermint has got the ability to cool you if you’re feeling a bit too warm and warm you if you’re feeling a little chilled. Honestly. It’s a very strange sensation. You should try it and let me know. Peppermint essential oil has a calming effect on the body, and it can also relieve sore muscles if you rub it into the areas that feel sore. my neck seems to hold a fair bit of stress so rubbing peppermint oil on my neck feels so soothing when it’s a little bit tense and sore.
The one thing though, about peppermint oil, is that eyes are extremely sensitive to it. I always make sure I keep it well away from my eyes because I’ve experienced some eye stinging in the past when I was a little gung-ho with my peppermint applying. It was one of those moments in the car when Lew told me he had a headache and so I told him to get the peppermint oil out of my bag and rub some on his temples. Within a few seconds of applying it he was complaining, fairly vocally, about stinging eyes. I felt he was slightly over reacting. No more than two minutes later, after doing the same thing to treat my own headache (we’d been in the sun for too long that day) I also became vocal. It really does sting! That was the first and last time we applied peppermint oil that close to our eyes.
A few other benefits of peppermint oil include:
- Adding a drop of peppermint oil with a drop of lemon oil into some water and use as a mouth wash and/or breath freshener alternative.
- Put a couple of drops of peppermint oil into a veggie capsule to help soothe a stomach upset.
- Put one drop of peppermint oil into the palm of your hand hand with one drop of wild orange and one drop of frankincense and inhale for an instant pick-me-up.
So many great uses for such a helpful oil.
What do you think? Would you give it a try? Maybe you already use peppermint oil. I’d love to hear how you use it in your home.
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