A little Peppermint trivia
Peppermint is an highly concentrated essential oil. If you are a peppermint tea lover, did you know that a single drop of peppermint essential oil equals the benefits of 28 cups of peppermint tea? Yes, you read that right.
So, because of the high concentration of the oil, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to dilute the peppermint oil with some fractionated coconut oil*. This also makes it easier to spread over a larger area, so it is win-win all around.
* I like to suggest fractionated coconut oil (which is coconut oil with the fat removed so that it always remains a liquid) because it is all natural and absorbs very quickly into the skin with no greasiness. However, you can also use any “carrier oil” that you have on hand — olive oil, jojoba oil, or any vegetable oil if you prefer.
10 Everyday Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
- Natural cool down: If you are overheated, whether from exercise or just a really hot day, fill a small spritzer bottle with water and add 6-8 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Spritz away and you will feel yourself cooling down quickly.
- *Note: If your child is suffering from a fever, dilute 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil with some fractionated coconut oil and rub on the child’s forehead and back of the neck. This will have a cooling effect and the fever will not feel so intense. (The fever is nature’s way to tell you it is fighting the illness, so you actually want the fever to break when it is ready. However, it is more comfortable for your child to feel the cooling effects of the peppermint oil.)
- Oh my aching back: For aching muscles and joints, massage a mixture of peppermint and fractionated coconut oil on the sore spots for relief. This might be preferable to that bag of ice (or frozen peas) applied to the aches.
- On the road again: If you are in for a long drive, pack some cotton balls along with your peppermint essential oil. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and hang it near or insert it into an open vent. Not only will you benefit from the fresh scent, but you will be more alert as well. Great for those tired moments on a long drive.
- Allergy season or just plain stuffed up: Diffusing peppermint is always a wonderful choice to get all that goodness into the air. For a quick fix, add a drop of peppermint to your palm, rub your hands together and then cup your hands over your nose. When you inhale deeply a few times, you will be amazed at how clear your sinuses become.
- Motion sickness relief: If that long drive gives you the dreaded motion sickness, or you are just plain queasy today, rub a few drops of peppermint on your tummy (or dilute with fractionated coconut oil to spread easier). Add a drop or two to your wrists and rub together. Lastly, deeply inhale the oil either directly from the bottle or from your cupped hands, as described in the “allergy” tip above.
- Got the hungries? If dinner is a while away, sit close to a diffuser with some peppermint oil, or simply inhale the oil directly from the bottle. Peppermint is known to be an appetite suppressor, so you might just make it till dinner without breaking out a snack.
- Wake up your shampoo: Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your shampoo to stimulate your scalp during your morning shower. The antiseptic properties of peppermint can also rid you of dandruff.
- Itchy Rash: Mixing peppermint and lavender essential oils together make a cool and soothing combination for any itchy rash or even poison ivy.
- Pest deterrent: Most of those creepy, crawly things like mosquitoes, spiders, ants, lice and even mice do not like peppermint. Place a few drops where these pests are entering your house and they will find another place to go. Diffuse outside while you sit on your patio in the evening and be surprised at how the mosquitoes stay away.
- Added tip: If you find these same pests in your garden, place a few drops of peppermint essential oil here and there and they will find another garden to frequent.
- Headache relief: If you suffer from headaches or migraines, peppermint is your friend. Mix together with lavender essential oil and rub along your temples, back of the neck and behind your ears (never add an oil inside your ears). You will feel the pain lessening very quickly.