September Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint



Aroma: Minty, sweet, sharp, strong, cool


Peppermint’s fresh, minty scent is invigorating! It’s frequently used in toothpastes and chewing gum for oral health. Peppermint is also excellent at helping alleviate an upset stomach and promoting healthy respiratory function.


If you’re looking for some natural alternatives to over-the-counter remedies, Peppermint oil is a great essential oil to add to your starter kit! I use Peppermint essential oil in many of my blends because it’s such a versatile oil and has numerous health benefits. And it smells great too!


Below is a list of some of the therapeutic properties of Peppermint essential oil.


Peppermint can help:

  • relieve headaches and migraines

  • with digestive problems; including gastrointestinal disorders

  • alleviate sinus congestion

  • relieve minor muscular aches, pains, and spasms

  • reduce the pain of abdominal cramps

  • lift mental and physical exhaustion

  • relieve stress and tension

  • prevent the growth and spread of bacteria

  • reduce inflammation

  • stop irritation from bug bites, stings, and itching

  • relieve nervous irritability


Spiritually, Peppermint is excellent for cleansing the environment and your energy field of negative energies; it also helps increase abundance and wealth.


With it being Summer we might be overindulging a bit from time to time and find ourselves with an upset stomach. Use peppermint essential oil to help. Add one drop to a cup of hot water or your favorite tea or rub the oil directly onto your stomach and instantly feel some relief.


If you get bit by one of those Summertime pesky pests, you can use Peppermint oil to help soothe the sting and itching resulting from the bug bite. Just rub a drop or two right on the bite…Peppermint oil is also antibacterial and anti-infectious so using Peppermint will also help to ensure the bite heals quickly. Peppermint is also a natural bug repellent. Have ants in your kitchen? Mix a few drops of Peppermint oil with water, and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray to keep ants away. Bugs hate the smell of Peppermint!


Peppermint oil is also great in helping to relieve headaches! You can create a blend of Peppermint and rub it on your temples or simply open your essential oil bottle and smell in the sweet minty aroma and watch how almost immediately your headache pain lessens.


Peppermint also helps you feel refreshed and can help reduce stress and tension. A good way to use Peppermint oil for this is to put a few drops in an essential oil diffuser – this releases the oil into the environment, and everyone gets the calming, refreshing benefits.


If you have any questions, regarding how to use Peppermint essential oil or any other essential oil, feel free to contact me at info@bhadralegari.com


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*Safety Note: Always, always, consult with a doctor before using essential oils, especially if you’re pregnant, or using oils for your children. It’s also a good idea to check with your veterinarian before using oils on your pets too. Essential oils are safe, natural alternatives; however, we are not doctors and it’s just good practice to consult with your trusted medical professionals before trying or adding new things into your environment.





 

References:

  1. The Aromatherapy Encylopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 395 Plant Oils by Carol & David Schiller

  2. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Essential Oils by Sandra Kynes

  3. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood