Peppermint is one of the oldest and widely respected herbs for healing. It is extremely versatile and can be used in so many different applications!
- Peppermint oil is a cooling oil
- Peppermint is wonderful for digestion and relief of gas, and is an antidote for upset stomach; A few drops in carrier oil can be massaged into the abdomen for relief.
- As an anti-inflammatory it is used for arthritis and rheumatism.
- It’s main constituent is menthol which benefits the respiratory system. Use it as a cold rub on the chest or in a vaporizer; or as a steam inhalation for colds, nasal congestion and bronchitis (3 or 4 drops in water brought to a boil; inhale the steam with a towel over your head). Peppermint has a powerful effect on the sinuses!
- Peppermint oil is also used for relief for headaches – a couple of drops dabbed on the wrist or inhaled on a handkerchief.
- Added to a bath it will drain away the stress and tension of a busy day.
- It’s antiseptic nature will eliminate dandruff and lice when massaged into the scalp, while acting as a coolant at the same time.
- A couple of drops added into toothpaste will freshen the breath
- A drop on a pimple will clear it away
- An inhale of peppermint oil will lift the spirits and energy level, reducing fatigue and boosting the mood.
- Rub several drops of peppermint oil on the soles of the fever to reduce fever
- Apply a drop of the oil on unbroken skin to reduce itching
- Diffuse peppermint in a room while working or studying to improve concentration
- Massage a few drops onto the wrists for motion sickness
- Peppermint oil can be used as an insect repellent when rubbed into the skin with a carrier oil.
- Inhaling a few times a day may help to curb appetite!
- Peppermint is a middle note.
Peppermint oil should be used with caution on the face and not be placed near the eyes, or on broken skin or open wounds. In most uses on the skin it should be diluted in a carrier oil.