Essential oils have been used throughout history for thousands of years in medicinal practice, yet folks today are often surprised and mesmerized by the power of these oils in health and healing. Somehow, we’ve lost touch of this innate knowledge.
Simply put, essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. The ancient Egyptians were some of the first people to use essential oils followed by the ancient Greeks and the Romans. Essential oils also play a huge role in Indian Ayurveda.
There are countless essential oils and I’ve had the joy of using many on myself and my children this past year. One of our favorites hands-down is peppermint oil, and is also one of the most popular. Although most people associate peppermint oil with “the sensation you feel from eating a peppermint patty” (which is true), there are some surprising benefits of using peppermint oil that I bet many are not aware.
First, I want to stress how critical it is to use a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil; not one made up with fillers and perfumes. Certified grade essential oils are food grade, you can actually ingest them. Therefore, you want to choose the highest quality you can find. To learn more click HERE.
5 Surprising Benefits of Peppermint Oil
- Relieves Headaches – Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples to relieve tension headaches. The cooling sensation helps to relax the muscles in your head and in your neck.
- Improves Tummy Discomfort – Just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on your belly or taken internally can help calm digestive troubles. In addition to soothing digestive discomfort, it also calms nausea.
- Helps Relieve Seasonal Allergies – Because of its power to relax tense muscles, the same is true with relaxing the muscles that line our airways during allergy season. This (paired with lemon essential oil) is a great relieve for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
- Wards Off Spiders: Diffuse peppermint oil in a room and notice that there won’t be as many spiders present. Peppermint oil does not harm spiders; they simply cannot stand the smell, therefore they steer clear. WIN!
- Stops Ticks from Burrowing: If you find you have a tick bite and you catch it early enough, grab a cotton swab, douse with peppermint oil, and rub over the tick. The tick will stop burrowing and will give you a chance to remove.
Notice I didn’t mention anything about how refreshing and energizing peppermint is? Surely there are more uses for peppermint (like putting a drop or two in all things chocolate), but I wanted to leave you with something that you may not have considered. (ps….homemade peppermint patty recipe will be posted in time for Halloween!)
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