Peppermint oil has been cherished for centuries for its therapeutic properties. The cool, fresh, minty aroma is invigorating, refreshing and stimulating to the mind. On the skin, this oil has a wonderful cooling effect, thanks to the high menthol content. Peppermint oil has many culinary and pharmaceutical uses. It is also used for its soothing qualities on the digestive system. Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
HOW TO USE
Peppermint oil also is used for a variety of health conditions and can be taken orally in dietary supplements or topically as a skin cream or ointment. The topical application of peppermint oil is generally safe, although it is necessary to dilute with a carrier vegetable oil like coconut, sesame or almond oil. It is advised that some people may experience a burning sensation or allergic rash, especially with sensitive skin. And more importantly, it is never advised to use on young children. When used as directed, dietary supplements and skin preparations containing peppermint oil are likely safe for most adults. Here are 3 sure fire remedies that will come handy any day.
1. Aches and Pains Skin preparations containing peppermint oil are used by some people for the following conditions, although, again, there is no clear evidence that they are helpful:Headache, Muscle pain, Nerve pain,Toothache. 2. Around The Home
- Clean surfaces: Peppermint oil is full of natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Just mix some of the oil with water and vinegar to create an all-purpose house cleaner and get scrubbing! Plant maintenance: Spray peppermint oil mixed with water to kill the aphids on your plants.
- Keep bugs and rodents away: Mixing 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil with water creates a homemade bug repellent. Spray any cracks where bugs can get into your home, and it will keep them out. Placing soaked cotton balls also works great to keep pesky mice and raccoons out of your home.
3. Coughs, Colds & Digestive Discomfort Dietary supplements containing peppermint oil are also used by some people for the following conditions, although there is no clear evidence that they are helpful:Nausea, Vomiting, Morning sickness,Colds & Coughs ,Inflammation of the mouth and throat,Sinus and respiratory infections.
- Peppermint oil powerfully affects and improves mental clarity and raises energy levels. If you're trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.
- Rub a drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration and accuracy.
- Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly to keep energy levels up during the day.
- Inhale before and during a workout to help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- Peppermint oil in water to dampen a facecloth for when working outdoors in the summer. It is totally refreshing and helps to cool you down.
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