I carry a little bottle of peppermint oil in a “roll on” bottle in my purse as it is so versatile and comes in handy for many day to day issues I may encounter.
Peppermint oil comes from the peppermint plant which is an offshoot of spearmint and watermelon. This herb is fresh and minty in flavor and cooling on your skin if applied topically in oil form.
This oil has so many applications and I will share them with you now….
- If you find yourself with sore muscles or aches and pains roll on a little peppermint oil and it soothes the muscles. Or you can add a bit of the oil to a hot bath and this will also help to soothe aching muscles.
- If you are dealing with acne or skin blemishes then dab a little peppermint oil on the area. This will cause the pores to tighten up. It is very anti-inflammatory. The phytochemicals in the oil help to prevent acne breakouts and fights off bacteria at the same time.
- Oh that darn headache….because of peppermint oils cooling and anti-inflammatory effect it is great for mild headaches. Just roll it on your temples and across your forehead and it should reduce or eliminate the problem pretty quickly.
- If you have joint pain just rub some peppermint oil into the affected joint and the calming and anti-inflammatory properties of the peppermint will ease the pain
- How about using it as a bug repellent. That’s right. Peppermint oil sends mosquitoes away from you and they will go after someone else. The menthol in the peppermint is thought to be the reason for this. Peppermint oil is so much healthier then spraying bug repellent on your body and possibly breathing in the toxic fumes from the spray.
- The biggest and best reason for carrying peppermint oil around with me is it is very helpful with digestion. Peppermint has been studied for it’s effectiveness against Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. IBS affects the gastrointestinal tract with recurring gut pain and bowel issues. If you are going to try peppermint oil to settle down an upset GI tract then it is suggested that you drink peppermint tea or add a few drops of peppermint oil to water. You can also massage peppermint oil in a carrier oil onto your abdomen to help ease the discomfort.
- Inhaling peppermint oil in a diffuser is great for clearing sinuses and helps with respiratory issues.
- peppermint oil is one of the best essential oils for allergy season
- rather than drinking an energy drink, take a few good inhales of peppermint. It will boost your energy and make your mind more alert.
- peppermint freshens your breath and is good for your oral health as it kills bacteria in your mouth that could lead to gum issues. Drop a few beads of the oil on your toothbrush with your toothpaste and feel the cool clean feel in your mouth.
- Peppermint oil is good for your hair and scalp. It naturally thickens and nourishes hair. Menthol is used as an anti-dandruff treatment. Many shampoos and conditioners contain peppermint.
- peppermint stops itchy skin. Add a few drops to the affected area and rub in with a bit of warm water.
- I use peppermint for the occasional bout of nausea. Just inhale the oil direct from the bottle or put a few drops in a glass of water.
- use peppermint oil on your skin after sun exposure and sunburn. Mix the peppermint oil with some coconut oil and massage into areas of concern.
So you can see how peppermint oil can be a good thing to carry around in your purse for many reasons.