Hello dear friends!
I have a confession to make: I love essential oils. They have been a great addition to my healing toolkit and not only do they provide certain wellness benefits, but I can use them to make anything and everything smell good! And let’s just say, I’m a bit of a cleaning freak. No- not a clean freak. A cleaning freak. I’m the person who shops for fancy cleaning supplies online, searches for green cleaning recipes, and who has tried almost every all-purpose cleaner on the planet.
But not to get off subject, I like to spike nearly everything with essential oils (not just my cleaning goodies) and I also custom blend my own concoctions for whatever I’m needing at the moment. Side note: I now sell 9 of my custom blends on my Etsy shop, along with natural diffuser jewelry to bring a bit of beauty and good-smelling health to the world!
I decided that it might be nice to give each oil I work with it’s own proper blog post and explain some of the history, benefits, and uses so that everyone can benefit. So I wanted to kick things off with one of my all time favorites: the fresh tingling clean of peppermint!
Peppermint (aka Mentha piperita) has been cultivated for centuries and is a very easy plant to grow and hybridize. The powerful punch of peppermint oil is owed to the high menthol content, which stimulates bloodflow and opens the sinuses with a warming and tingling sensation. For this reason, it is one of the most popular medicinal oils out there and is definitely in my go-to first aid kit!
Some of peppermint’s lovely effects include:
· Soothes digestion
· Cools inflamed skin
· Improves concentration
· Stimulates mental sharpness
· Freshens breath
· Strong clean scent
And for these reasons, it can be used for:
· Upset stomach
· Aching muscles/joints
· Hot or sunburned skin (but not open wounds!)
· Waking up
· Brain fog or mental fatigue
· After meals
· Tamp down cravings
· Cleaning and deodorizing your home
Its no lie- I buy the biggest bottle of peppermint oil I can and cannot get enough of its energizing scent. It has been one of the most important oils in my battle with fatigue and nausea- just a few drops can pep me up on tough days, or settle my stomach (having constant disequilibrium can make one a bit queasy!) before I travel or after I eat.
Just a few of the ways I use my peppermint oil:
· Rub a few drops directly onto my scalp- a special little head massage treat!
· Put a few drops into my diffuser for times when I need extra concentration
· Add several drops to my latest cleaning solution spray bottle
· Flick a few drops down a stinky garbage disposal
· Dilute it into water for a freshening linen spray
· Drink a glass of water with one drop of oil for an upset stomach
· Combine several drops with aloe vera gel for swollen, cranky feet and legs
· Blend with another oil or two in a roller ball for afternoon pick me ups
· Rub directly onto my neck and temples for bad headaches
· Plop a few drops into my laundry detergent
· Scatter several drops into a bubble bath or hot shower to decongest
For those of us dealing with debilitating fatigue, it can be an amazing thing to invest in a bottle of peppermint oil, especially because you can use it for just about anything. Just be sure to only buy 100% pure therapeutic grade oil if you plan to use it directly on your skin or ingest it! It has been a life saver knowing I have something that is completely safe and natural that I can bust out when I’m feeling extra tired and sore or when the house stinks (thanks a lot doggies!).
Have you tried peppermint oil for your own healing? What are your favorite ways to use it?
~ Hoping you feel as well as possible ~