Peppermint is one of the most diverse essential oils along with lavender. It has been dated back to 1000BC and has been used in many cultures throughout our history.
Peppermint has antimicrobial properties, which helps fight off colds and flus. When used in a diffuser, on skin or in a DIY natural cleaner, it eliminates viruses or bacteria from an area. Peppermint essential oil when used topically with carrier oil can help to reduce or eliminate muscle or joint pain. The oil gives the skin a cooling feeling while relieving muscle tension. Peppermint doesn’t only relieve muscle tension but acts as a natural pain reliever. Peppermint is one of the best essential oils to use when you are sick. It has an anti-nausea effect and helps soothe gastric lining, the colon, and digestive issues by reducing muscle spasms within them. By reducing muscle spasms in the body peppermint oil can also help relieve muscle spasms in the stomach eliminating stomachaches or pains. Peppermint oil, especially when mix with Eucalyptus oil, is the best way to clear out the respiratory tract. The best results for clearing respiratory is to inhale the oils, if you are to clogged to smell the oil, rub on chest with carrier oil. Peppermint oil can also relieve fevers when used topically with carrier oil, the oil has a cooling effect that relieves the fever symptoms. It can also help with allergies by relaxing the muscles in the nasal cavity and clears out pollen or unwanted material from the nose. Peppermint essential oil is also a great natural way of eliminating a headache; its cooling effect relieves the hot feeling that you get when a headache comes on and its energizing properties help wake up a clouded mind.
Peppermint oil can help freshen breath, which is why it is commonly used in toothpaste. It can also reduce munchies and make you feel more full faster when used around mealtime. Peppermint is a great energizing essential oil, either inhale or drink peppermint tea to increase concentration and focus. The energizing and headache relief effects make this essential oil a great study aid. When using while studying it helps keep you concentrated and focused while keeping headaches away.
Peppermint is great as a natural insect repellent. It keeps away ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes, mice and lice. Place oil on yourself or if your trying to keep these out of your home you can place peppermint essential oil on lava stones and place those around your house.
Skin and Hair Care Properties
Peppermint is also great for skin and hair care. When using in soap it helps keep bacteria and viruses off the skin, reducing the chances of getting sick. It also reduces acne, improves enzyme and reduces any inflammation. Peppermint essential oil can also be added to shampoo and conditioner to stimulate scalp, removing dandruff and lice. When used in the morning it will also help wake you up and be more focused throughout the day. When used in hair it helps hair grow better, become thicker and look healthier and gives it the nourishment it needs. Peppermint can also relieve sunburns. Mix with coconut oil and apply to the area to moisturize and relieve the pains of the burn.
Peppermint essential oil can also reduce inflammation and pain from teething. Rub on gums with coconut oil.
Mix all of this together for a natural way of getting rid of the bacteria and viruses from the surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or other places in your house or workplace.
Spray bottle (150ml)
Fill most of the way with water.
20 drops peppermint
15 drops Eucalyptus
15 drops Tea Tree
15 drops lemongrass
Can also add
5 drops frankincense
5 drops lemon
5 drops lavender
Peppermint blends well with benzoin, eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, lemon and rosemary.