Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint

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Essential oils can be used for so many different things, so I thought I might start sharing some great uses of a different oil each month. This month, it’s Peppermint!

Peppermint has long been used as a digestive aid; why do you think so many restaurants offer peppermint candies as you leave? It helps settle the stomach after a meal, and can improve digestion. Here’s a list of other uses:

  • Motion sickness: rub onto your abdomen (you may want to use a carrier oil and do a bit of massage), and on the inside of your wrists
  • Add to your diffuser or place 1-2 drops onto a tissue and inhale to help avoid snacking
  • Massage a few drops onto your temples and on the back of your neck to help relieve headaches
  • Use the tissue method to help improve concentration and to increase mental accuracy and memory
  • Add a few drops to a cotton ball and rub along window frames and doorjams to repel bugs and pests, including mice. You can also just leave the cotton ball in corners of cabinets and pantries. I have two under my sink! You can also mix with water in a spray bottle and spray in nooks and crannies to keep away those annoying pests; make sure you shake the bottle before spraying
  • Inhale to help with nausea and after vomiting to help sooth the stomach
  • Mix a drop of peppermint oil with a bit of lavender to soothe the itch of sunburn; cool and refreshing!
  • Tired feet? Add peppermint to a carrier oil and massage your cares away
  • If you need a pick-me-up, inhale from a tissue and get a non-stimulant boost of energy
  • Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage onto chest to help clear sinus and lung congestion

These are just a few of the many uses for Peppermint Oil. I may just have to add a drop to my ice water for an afternoon boost.

If you’re interested in receiving a new essential oil each month, Spark Naturals has an Oil of the Month Club! Each month they’ll send you a new oil for only $15.99, shipping and tax included. This is a great way to build your collection.

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