Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ways to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Learn the ways to use Peppermint Essential oil for stress management, immunity support, natural cleaning, weight loss, and improve your overall well-being! There are specific ways to use it in your daily life for beauty, cleaning, relaxation, health, food, sleep, laundry….and so much more! 


Calm a Tempest
Just one drop of peppermint oil (with a carrier oil or lotion) rubbed on the stomach or taken internally can calm indigestion, an tummy upset or other internal digestive commotion. A must-have when traveling! Do we have any travelers who hate long car rides?

Restore Vitality in the Mouth
When your breath is sharp and your mouth feels furry, peppermint oil with water (and lemon oil) creates a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse that leaves a lasting crisp, clean feeling.

It’s About Air Flow
When sinuses seem to be clogged, and throats swollen and scratchy, diffuse peppermint oil (or apply topically on the chest) for almost immediate relief and revitalizing air flow. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds, cough, nose pressure, breathing issues.

Cool the Joints
When the ravages of time wreak havoc on your joints, leaving that hot and achy feeling, peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil cools like an ice bath, but you to stay warm and dry.

Feel Full, Faster. Satiety  
It’s about feeling full, and not overeating. The aroma of peppermint oil has the ability to make you feel full, faster…especially if you breathe it in during a meal!  Better buy a diffuser for the kitchen! 

Cool Your Tootsies  
If you’ve been on your feel all day or religiously wear hard soled shoes, just add peppermint oil to a cold water compress to cool your overworked, over heated tootsies. 

For That “Marathon in Clogs” Feeling 
When you feel like you’ve just run a marathon in clogs, and your feet are a hot mess of ouch, massage peppermint oil onto aching feet, joints, and strained muscles. 

DIY Foaming Hand Soap. 
This is such an easy way to save money AND be non-toxic! Go Green or Go Home!
Peppermint in your foam soap blend will jump start your morning and give you aromatherapy benefits! It transforms your cleaning experience!

Check out this blog for some DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap ideas. 

Perk Up 
The invigorating aroma of peppermint is a wonderful, non-stimulating way to perk up on long drives, in school, during late night homework or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.” 

Energize Your Lather 
Some shampoo and conditioner combos can make you want to go back to sleep. No energy. No pep. No fun. Not good. Add peppermint to your potions to stimulate the scalp, energize and wake up! The oil is an antiseptic in nature, and can also help remove flakes (and those little head bugs your little ones bring home from school). PS - this is exactly what I look like in the shower! 

Seasonal Threats Beware  
Peppermint oil has the ability to relax smooth muscles in the body — the same muscles that line our airways and become affected in allergy season. Peppermint oil (with lemon) should certainly be another arrow in your allergy treatment quiver! 

Chase Away Tension Head Pain 
Got a mind numbing achy head? A few drops of peppermint dabbed on your temples, neck and sinuses can quickly spring into action and chase that head pain away! 

Help Kids Get on the Ball 
The next time Junior is a little unresponsive to all that is going on with school and homework, try spritzing a little peppermint on his shirt before study time, placing drop on the tongue or under the nose for improved concentration and alertness. 

Seep, Soak & Revitalize 
After a long day, apply peppermint (mixed in a rollerball with fractionated coconut oil) to your chest, let it seep in and then soak in a warm bath or shower. The refreshing peppermint vapor will make you feel cool, relaxed and energized again. 

Add a Refreshing Kick to Your Tea  
Just one drop of peppermint oil can add life to any herbal tea (without having to add lots of sugar) while also aiding in normal digestion or to relieve your “burning heart” from spicy foods. 

“Should I Work Out Today?” 
How many of you try to hit the gym every night? How many of you ask yourself this question. It’s OK. Guess what? There is an oil for that! Using peppermint oil prior to exercise immediately awakens your senses and gets you in your right mind so you can jazzercise! 

A Snack Vendor’s Nightmare  
When you get that mid-morning craving, diffuse peppermint oil to reign in the urge to snack on junk food, or anything else that might appear before you. Comment below with the snack you are eating! I know you are! 

Add Zip to All Things 
Speaking of snacks……Chocolate. Enhance your chocolate in a gazillion ways: gourmet hot chocolate, mint brownie frosting, peppermint bark, peppermint patties, peppermint brownies, peppermint chocolate Bundt cake, red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese, yum!  OK – NOW who has a snack? 

Brisk, Delightful Confections  
Peppermint chiffon cake, homemade candy canes, butter mints, peppermint ice cream, peppermint glaze over pastries and cookies, homemade peppermint patties. 

Unforgettable Beverages 
Peppermint water on ice, peppermint mocha, peppermint tea, peppermint hot chocolate, that’s right … it’s all delish. I make peppermint hot cocoa several times a week – AND I also add peppermint to my diet shakes! 

Wake Up Your Mind  
Peppermint oil activates the limbic function in your brain. The limbic function helps control things like emotions and long-term memory and is related to olfactory structures in your nose. 

An Itch Fix. 
If you have the after effects of a sunburn where skin is a little warm and itchy, apply a drop of peppermint oil (mixed with lavender) to cool, soothe and stop itching.
2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
1 Teaspoon Carrier Oil (fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil)
Rub directly onto the sunburn 

Theme Park Relief  
If you’ve got that “I my gosh, I can’t believe I just went on a spinning ride” feeling, four or five drops of peppermint rubbed on the stomach (with fractionated coconut oil) can calm smooth stomach muscles and help dispel discomfort. 

Travel to the Arctic, Without Traveling  
When you add a few drops of peppermint to your ice water, it not only improves the taste, but also leaves you with a feeling of cool, refreshing arctic wind in your airways! 

Burrow No More 
If you find a tick has decided to make your skin its home, just give that tick a nice bath of peppermint oil with a cotton swab. The tick will stop burrowing, remove its head and then he’s yours. 
Can be used on your dogs too!!! 

Don’t Make It Easy on the Critters 
Many household bugs do not like peppermint oil — ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, mice and cockroaches try to steer clear of peppermint. Just add to water in a spray bottle and spray where you think pests grace you with their presence! 

ZZZZZZZZ Like a Baby  
If you find you are having a hard catching some ZZZZZs, peppermint oil helps activate cold-sensitive receptors in the skin and mucosal tissues. When used this way, it may help with restlessness. 

Clean Naturally  
Peppermint oil is a wonderful natural cleaning agent because it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Spray on counter tops and bathroom surfaces, scrub, and enjoy cleaner clean. Wait….didn't we just learn yesterday that Lemon is good for cleaning too? YES – Try mixing them together! 

Quell Apathy  
When you’re with someone who feels gloomy or like they “just don’t care”, ask them to try peppermint oil (aromatically, topically, or internally) to stimulate their mental sharpness and focus. 

It’s About a State of Mind  
Someone’s mental outlook can be a game changer. If they are shocked, stressed out or nervous, peppermint oil may help restore feelings of normalcy and balance. 

Tame an Achy Tooth 
Peppermint oil can act as a concentrated natural pain killer and muscle relaxant, especially with painful gums, teething or recent dental work. 

Alleviate Internal Strife 
When used topically or internally, peppermint is a favorite for fresh relief from cramping, indigestion to the runs! Skip the chalk and go with peppermint oil! 

Leap from Lethargic 
Feeling lethargic or in a brain fog? Peppermint has been known to improve blood circulation and awareness, leaving you with an energized, awake feeling. 

Go Eight-Leg Free 
When you diffuse peppermint into the room, you’ll notice fewer spiders. Why? They don’t like it. It’s safe, contains no harsh chemicals or pesticides. It doesn’t kill the spiders, but forces them out. Does anyone else feel like spiders are crawling all over them right now? Comment below if you are anti-spider!  

Homemade Shamrock Shake
Ughhh who needs 93 grams of sugar in anything? Make your own at home – the healthy & natural way! :
1 can coconut milk 
1 avocado 
2-3 tbsp raw honey or other sweetener (adjust to taste)
5-7 drops essential oil (adjust to taste) 
1 tsp vanilla
1+ cups ice
Directions: Blend in Vitamix or blender until blended!!
That’s it!!  So easy… I hope you enjoy it!  I’m sure we will be making this well beyond St. Patrick’s Day!! 

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