A few years back I was extremely sick. It seemed the more I went to the doctor for help, the worse I felt. For 2 years I tried medication after medication, and by the last one I truly felt like I was knocking on death's door. I knew if something didn't change, I probably wasn't going to make it much longer. I scrapped my prescriptions and started looking for alternative methods of healing myself naturally, which led me to the many benefits of using essential oils for natural healing. *I am NOT advising anyone to go against their doctor's wishes or give up their current medications. I am merely pointing out one of the ways on how I took control of my own health. Please do your own research and make decisions on what you feel is best for you* Since I have ulcerative colitis, I was intrigued by the use of peppermint essential oils because it sounded like it offered many benefits in helping to alleviate some of my symptoms.
Peppermint Oil has many uses:
• Aids Digestion. Place a drop in your morning herbal tea.
• Improves Concentration and Alertness. Use 2 drops on the tongue and 1 under the nose.
• Helps Boost Energy Levels. Rub a few drops on the back of the neck and shoulders.
• Curbs Appetites. Just inhale the scent to trigger a sense of fullness.
• Clears Congestion. Add a few drops to a humidifier.
• Relieve Bug Bite Itch. Use 1 drop peppermint oil and 1 drop lavender oil. Apply to bite.
• Relieves stomach aches. Rub a drop into the belly.
• Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties.
• Treats Dandruff. Add a few drops to shampoo.
• Natural Insecticide. It repels ants, spiders, roaches, fleas and mice.
• Relieves Headaches.
• Freshens Breath.
One of my favorite Peppermint Essential Oils is from Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals.
Majestic Pure offers premium quality peppermint essential oil that is 100% pure and natural. It is non-toxic, has no additives, no fillers, is unfiltered and undiluted. It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
I like that is comes in a large, tinted glass bottle that comes with a dropper for easy access. I have seen other peppermint essential oils running for twice as much as what you get from Majestic Pure. You get a generously sized 4 ounce bottle on Amazon for $14.50!
Peppermint Oil is intense and more concentrated than other oils, so it may be necessary for those with sensitive skin to dilute the oil with a carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil before use.
My lips get super chapped in the winter and I love to make my own natural healing and cooling lip balm. This recipe leaves my lips soft and moisturized, and it tastes good too!
4 Tablespoons Almond Oil (can also use jojoba, soybean or castor base oil)
1 Tablespoon Beeswax
2 Teaspoons Honey (I prefer organic Golden Blossom Honey)
20 Drops Majestic Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
In a small saucepan over low hear, warm oil, beeswax and honey until just melted.
Remove from heat. Add in peppermint essential oil.
Set pan in shallow ice-water bath.
Using a whisk, rapidly stir for 30 to 60 seconds until the honey is incorporated and mixture is the consistency of thick frosting.
Spoon mixture into storage container and cap.
Let mixture sit for 2 hours before use.
Use balm within 1 year for maximum freshness.
I love to use scrubs on my body, and adding essential oils is a great way to get some aromatherapy benefits too! My feet get really dry in the winter, but when I use this Peppermint Foot Scrub, it leaves them feeling soft and moisturized. Best of all, it feels so good on tired and swollen feet!
1 ½ Cups Unscented Epsom Salt
½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
15- 20 Drops Majestic Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
Food Coloring (optional)
Combine Espom Salt and Olive Oil until just mixed.
Add in peppermint oil. Stir to combine.
If desired, add in a drop or two of food color. I used green to stick with the overall mint color theme, but it's totally up to you if you want to leave it natural color or select a prettier one.
Store in an air-tight container.
*To avoid getting water in the bottle, scoop out what you need before getting into the shower. Rub into damp feet until all salt is dissolved.
Do you use essential oils? Which one do you use most often?