Spotlight Oil: Peppermint

 

Spotlight oil: PeppermintAs the story goes….

There once was a beautiful young nymph named Minthe, who caught the eye of Pluto, the great ruler of the underworld.  While Pluto may have been the great ruler of the underworld, even he couldn’t escape the wrath of his wife, Persepherone, when she discovered his wandering eye.

Persepherone cursed Minthe and changed her into a plant; forever dooming her to be underfoot.  Pluto was helpless to overturn the curse, but was at least able to give his precious Minthe a distinctive, sweet smell, which allowed him to be able to identify her among the other plants in the garden with ease.

This story from deep in the pages of Roman Mythology, inspired the species name Mentha, widely known in the mint family today.  What is it about this plant that still makes it worth discussing today?

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Usage of Peppermint oil has been recorded all throughout history.

The history of Peppermint Oil usage was first recorded by Pliny (23-79 AD).  Pliny was a Roman scientist and historian.  His, was the first written record that told of the benefits of this plant.  Pliny wrote of the ancient Greeks and Romans using Peppermint in their food and in their medicinal practices.  While that is impressive all by itself, knowledge of this plant and its benefits can actually be dated back even further, to the ancient Egyptians, where there is evidence of dried peppermint leaves being found deep inside the Pyramids.

If the only redeeming quality of this oil was that it provided minty, fresh breath, I am pretty sure that we would not still be discussing its benefits today.  In truth, this oil is extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of uses.

 Peppermint oil provides immense benefits to your mind, body, and overall health.

Are you ready to benefit from this oil in your every day? 

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Let’s take a look at some great uses for Peppermint Oil.

  • Fever Relief: Peppermint has a cooling effect that provides comfort and relief.  Using A mixture of Peppermint Oil and coconut oil rubbed on the forehead and the bottoms of feet can be a powerful tool when fighting fevers.
  • Stomach Support: Nausea, bloating, and general stomach distresses can all be helped with the use of Peppermint Oil. You can add a drop to your glass of water to drink or combine a drop of oil to a carrier oil and apply over the abdomen.
  • Munchie Support: Studies have shown that the scent of Peppermint is a great appetite suppressor. The next time you feel a serious case of the munchies coming on; add a drop of oil to your water bottle and drink instead of snacking.  You will be surprised at how great this tip works.
  • Itch Relief: Combining a drop of Peppermint and Lavender along with a carrier oil can help calm irritated skin.
  • Scalp Support: If you would like to kick your mornings into high gear, add a few drops of Peppermint Oil to your regular shampoo.  The aroma of the peppermint will invigorate and stimulate your mind.
  • Muscle Relief: This oil can provides amazing relief to sore, tired muscles.  Dilute a few drops of oil along with your favorite carrier oil and apply directly to the sore muscles.  Because this oil is so effective for this use, you will find it as a key ingredient in many other Young Living blends.
  • Tension Relief: When struggling with a head tension, try applying peppermint oil to the forehead and behind the ears.
  • Teething Relief: Have a baby who is suffering with teething discomfort?  Combine a 1:1 ratio of Peppermint Oil and Coconut Oil and rub directly to baby’s gums.
  • Attention Booster: The next time you are struggling to get through your workout, class, or day at work; apply some Peppermint to your head and neck.  You will get a boost of refreshment, clarity, and alertness.
  • Joint Relief:  For joint discomfort, apply a mixture of Peppermint and Lavender directly to the source.  This blend will provide an almost “icy” relief to help loosen the joints and ease discomfort.
  • Sunburn Support: Not only does the Peppermint provide a cooling relief to hot, sunburned skin, but it also helps to rehydrate the damaged skin.  Keep this in mind the next time you have had a little too much “fun in the sun”.
  • Pressure Relief: If you find yourself struggling with pressure your face,  as the seasons begin to change; make up a roller bottle that will help provide some relief.  To the roller bottle add 4 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops rosemary, and 4 drops of Peppermint along with 5 tsp. of your favorite carrier oil.  When the pressure begins to build, use the blend on your temples and behind your ears.
  • Respiratory Support: My son struggles with major respiratory issues, especially in the fall. Last week, he woke up a big ball of grossness on a game day.  By the time we were ready to leave for the field, he was full on mouth breathing.  Not good when you have a cage on your face and a mouth guard stuffing your mouth to capacity.  Adding a few drops of diluted peppermint, just under his nose and a few drops to his water opened him up completely.
  • Bug Repellant: Spiders, ants, and insects hate Peppermint Oil.  To deter them from your house, add a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and treat along windows and doorways.  Works like a charm!
  • Fresh Breath: A drop on the tongue or added to your water will keep your mouth moist and fresh.
  • Chocolate Companion:  Peppermint oil is a great addition to brownies, cookies, cakes, and especially hot chocolate!!!

This list is just the beginning to describe all the ways this oil can be beneficial to you.  I hope that you saw, more than a couple, new uses for Peppermint Essential Oil.

 

I would like to hear from you!  (I learn so much when I ask you these questions.)

What are your favorite ways to use this oil?  Did you learn a new way to use this oil from the list above?

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