5 Reasons to Use Peppermint

by 12 January 25, 2009 0 Comments


Peppermint would be the second most versatile essential oil to own for everyday use.  Peppermint's qualities are the opposite of lavender.  Peppermint is invigorating and healing for the digestive system.  All essential oils have a variety of uses and one essential oil may effect individual people differently.  That's why it is important to kind of test oils on yourself to see which oil works best for your ailments.  Following are five ways to use Peppermint essential oil around the house:

  1. Soothes.  Although most people don't realize there is a reason for their stomach remedies to be flavored with peppermint, there is.  Peppermint has been known for thousands of years to help settle an upset stomach, nausea and calm indigestion.  Just add a couple drops of peppermint into tea/hot water or directly on the tongue.  Just make sure you have therapeutic grade essential oils if you are to ingest them .
  2. Energizes.  Peppermint has also been known for it's stimulating properties.  It wakes up the mouth in toothpaste and energizes tired feet in a foot bath.  By adding to water in a squirt bottle or atomizer and spraying the air, followed by inhaling it, you have an instant "pick me up".
  3. Cools.  We all, if not now, eventually will experience uncomfortable hot flashes.  We cannot rid ourselves of them completely, but there are ways to help make them a little more bearable.  One of these ways is to use the ring finger to apply a drop onto the back of the neck, below the hairline.  Rub into the skin and you will experience an instant cooling sensation.
  4. Eases Headache.  A quick way to stave off headache:  Go into a quiet place, mix a drop or two of Peppermint oil with a Tablespoon of clean carrier oil, such as sweet almond, apricot or fractionated coconut oil.  Using your middle and ring fingers on both hands, rub oil into temples and try to breathe slowly and deeply.
  5. Ant Repellent.  Peppermint in a 1:1 mixture with water is a fantastic ant repellent.  Pour into a spray bottle and spray wherever you see the ants marching from.  It smells good and will keep ants at bay for almost a month before another application is needed.

Although there are countless ways to use peppermint, the five mentioned above encompass every day uses and is a must in the natural first aid kit.

*As mentioned on the website and elsewhere in the blog, if you use essential oils, always use therapeutic grade essential oils.  Other oils can be contaminated with solvents used to express the plant oils.  These chemicals taint the essential oils and are absorbed into your body when the oil is applied.  To get the desired results without putting the body at risk with undesired toxins, use therapeutic grade essential oils (these oils are pure enough to ingest).  There should be not be a warning on the bottle saying "for external use only", except for the few oils that should never be ingested.