When you think of peppermint essential oil what comes immediately to mind? Cooling effect? Aroma? Muscle relaxants? Digestive discomfort? Chocolate?…maybe that last one is just me.
Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs. Its essential oil has a fresh, bright and often very familiar aroma. It is used in aromatherapy, in the beauty industry, in personal care products, in cooking, as a flavoring agent, you name it! And with all of these uses come different forms of this precious oil. Synthetic grade, perfume grade, food grade and then you have Young Living’s therapeutic grade.
Why are Young Living essential oils theraputic grade and what does that even mean?
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Young Living’s Peppermint essential oil is registered with Health Canada as a Natural Health Product(NHP). It has been approved for topical and aromatic uses and proven to work in the following ways:
– to help relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis
– when inhaled can act as a nervine and calmative which enhances relaxation or reduce the symptoms of cough & cold
– when experiencing digestive discomfort can act as a carminative and antispasmodic
These proven uses are the basis for my….
Top 4 ways to use peppermint essential oil
Number 4: Home-made bath products
I love a nice hot bath. And who doesn’t enjoy it that much more with some bath salts? Or a bath bomb if we are going to get even fancier! Adding a little bit of peppermint essential oil to your bath salts or bath bomb recipes (keep watch for some of mine coming soon) as a great way to add that extra soothing-yet-invigorating note to the aroma. Meanwhile you will also get the cooling joint and muscle pain relief.
Number 3: Aromatically diffused through the air
Like I mentioned earlier peppermint essential oil has a fresh and invigorating aroma. It also can do some pretty great things for you when you breath in those tiny little oil particles that get put into the air when you diffuse it. Peppermint essential oil can help to reduce those pesky cough and cold symptoms. And it also acts on your nervous system to calm it while also rejuvenating an exhausted mind with it’s aroma. 4 pm lull anyone?
One of the easiest ways to benefit form essential oils is by simply putting 1 or 2 drops into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, cup them over your mouth and nose and inhale deeply 8 or 10 times. Simple. Try this first thing in the morning sometime when you are felling a little groggy. I promise you will feel very different afterwards.
Number 1: Topically
This is the way I use my peppermint oil most often. Muscle pain, tension headaches, digestive discomfort, staying alert, the list goes on. A little oil goes a very long way. Especially one as powerful as peppermint. Add a couple drops you your favorite base oil and massage it directly into wherever needed.
So there you have it. Peppermint essential oil crash course. Always take note to keep this oil away from mucus membranes as it is a hot oil and dilute as necessary for sensitive skin.
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