Happy Tuesday everyone!!
I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I figured we would start off our week with our VERY FIRST post of our essential oils series! I wanted to start off with one my family uses quite often! And you guessed it…
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So I’m sure pretty much everyone has HEARD of peppermint oil, but I’m also pretty sure that many of you have never used it and may not even know all of the wonderful benefits it possesses. In this post I will go through a few of the uses that I have for this oil and welcome any other ideas you all may have for using it as well! For anyone looking for a terrific starter set of oils, check out this set! It’s very affordable, but high quality as well! We will go through each of these oils during our series, so go ahead and have them handy! Now, let’s look into the ways we use peppermint oil..
This is probably the most common use with peppermint oil. I talked about this in one of my other posts that you can check out here. It also includes some great diffuser ideas. Basically, when using a diffuser you pour in water and add however many drops of oil you desire and turn it on. It’s that simple. The vapor from the water emits the oil into the air so you can get the benefits by breathing the oil in. This is shown to cause an increase in concentration, as well as have a relaxing effect on the brain. I love putting peppermint oil in our diffuser while the kids do their school work, while working from home or even while cleaning.
Recently I have found that I get headaches quite frequently. I am unsure still of what causes them, but I fortunately found a relief! Yes, you can diffuse peppermint oil to help relieve headaches, but in this area using the oil topically is much more effective. Any time I feel a headache coming on, I put a few drops of peppermint oil on my fingers and massage it into my temples and the back of my neck. It takes no time to help relieve the aches. Plus, you cannot overdose on oils. So you feel you need a little more to knock off the last little edge of your headache? Go right ahead! There’s no harm in using more because they are natural!
Another way to use peppermint oil to relieve headaches also happens to help with sinuses. During the spring and most of the summer, my kids and I suffer from bad allergies, leaving our heads feeling stopped up (especially at night.) I learned this trick from a friend. Take a drop of peppermint oil on your finger and rub it on the roof of your mouth, right where it dips upwards. Breathe in gently through your mouth and feel the magic happen! Almost immediately your head will clear up (hence the headache relief as well) and you will feel good as new! I’m so glad I found this method because it has been amazing!
When I was pregnant, aches and pains became my alter ego. It pretty much consumed me. I started using essential oils to help relieve a lot of the pain and aches that I was feeling. You can apply the peppermint oil topically to any muscles that may be bothering you. I usually use this as an excuse to massage the area well, to help loosen any strained or tight muscles as well. This works wonders for shin splints, sore back or shoulders, as well as aching feet! We’ve tried it all over!
Last, but definitely not least, is bugs. If you’re anything like me, you absolutely despise bugs (especially inside your home!) There’s nothing worse than opening your shower curtain, ready to take a relaxing bath, only to find a gigantic spider of death sitting there waiting for you! Ummm…. no thanks. I am definitely not a fan of bugs! That’s why when I discovered this use I had to try it immediately! All you have to do is take a few cottons balls, wet them with the peppermint oil, and stick them in the corners of your windows and doors (or wherever you have a bug problem). The bugs do not like the smell or having the oil on their legs and antennas, and therefore avoid your home. Another method which may be more affective (and more visually appealing) is to take a water bottle, mix peppermint oil with the water and spray around the frames of your windows and doors. The bugs will take cover, and you can live happily ever after in you spiderless bathtub!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this overview of peppermint oil and have found a new way to use it’s amazing properties! If you have any other uses for it, PLEASE feel free to comment below! I would love to hear your ideas!