Peppermint essential oil is powerful, potent, overwhelming and wonderful. This oil has so many uses I can’t describe them all. When I think of this essential oil, I think of how it takes away my stomach ache. I just add 1 peppermint oil drop to ½ - 1 tsp of honey and then add that to a cup of warm water. Slip it slowly. Not only will it take away my stomach ache, it will also relieve reflux, gas, bloating, and flatulence. WOW, that’s a lot!!!!
I also use peppermint oil for a great “pick-me-up”, as it is a mental and physical stimulant. It can help you stay alert during long working hours and while driving. You can inhale the essential oil from the lid (not the bottle) or add one drop of peppermint oil to a small amount of honey which is then dissolved in a glass of water to help stimulate students when they are studying and to boost their intelligence and self-confidence. But let’s not forget how it can help a headache. For many people, this essential oil will provide relief from headaches, including migraines. It can help you relax and sleep.
Give immediate relief to minor injuries such as a smashed finger by mixing 1-2 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil or even olive oil, and apply topically.
This is one of my favorite oils, but it’s not for children. Use peppermint oil with caution around children. Peppermint oil has an enticing aroma and children can mistake it for candy. Inhaling too much of this oil or taking this oil internally could mean serious consequences for a child. Spearmint is a safe alternative for children.
Peppermint oil narrows blood vessels so you will NOT want to use it if you have high blood pressure or if you suffer from atrial fibrillation. However, if you use this essential oil in moderation it is non-toxic and non-irritating for most people.
Don’t forget that peppermint oil can also be used in baking and making candy. Remember, just a drop will do ya! Rhonda Porter, CA
SAFETY WARNING: When applying an essential oil toskin, always perform a patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside ofelbow. Use vegetable oil or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oil in the ear canal or eyes.