Friday, June 17, 2011

Peppermint: The Essential Oil No One Can Live Without

Peppermint is the building block of any essential oil kit. When you discover all of its uses you will find that not a day goes buy without you pulling it out for one reason or another.

There are several variations of the peppermint plant, but the most common goes by the scientific name of menthe piperita or peppermint piperita. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stem of the peppermint plant.

Peppermint is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial which makes it a wonderful cleansing oil for your body and a cleaning oil for your home. It is a natural pain reliever and it helps to reduce inflammation making it good for respiratory diseases.

The ways to use peppermint are so numerous I am sure that I will miss a few so I will just list those that I have personally tried and had success with. I have treated, cuts, scrapes, headaches, asthma, allergies, sinus pain, sinus headache, migraine headache, muscle aches, stomach aches, stomach virus, nausea, fever, back pain, neck pain, bad breathe, increase alertness, increase concentration, flavor ice cream, flavor tea, flavor cookies, in household cleaner, in soap and in room spray. This oil is so diverse you will find that you will need to order it in bulk just to keep your family from running out.

To apply the peppermint I always dilute it about 50:50 with a carrier oil, as it can be overwhelming when applied directly. Due to it being a very safe oil it is ok to use a drop or two on your tongue for nausea, bad breathe or to stay awake. You can diffuse this oil, apply it topically, in water or on a compress.

A few cautions. Wash your hands thoroughly after using until you do not smell the oil on your hands any more. If you don’t get it off and you touch your eyes, it will sting. If this happens to you get some olive oil and rub it around the edges of your eye and it will draw the peppermint oil out. Also don’t just put drops into your bathtub without mixing it with baking soda first. It will burn your sensitive areas if you don’t properly mix it. Also do not apply it to fresh wounds or burns, it will cause pain. It is also not recommended for infants.

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