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Peppermint essential oil is the feature of part 2 of my series on essential oils for beginners. Peppermint oil has countless uses and is a wonderful oil to have on hand in your natural medicine cabinet. Peppermint also happens to be one of the least expensive oils.
Therapeutic pure peppermint essential oil has many beneficial properties.
It is used to help many ailments and today I will focus on some that will be most helpful for daily use in your home.
Let’s get started!
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Practical Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil
- Energy Boost: Place 1 drop of peppermint oil on your tongue. Close your mouth and breathe through your nose. It can wake you up when you’re feeling groggy and can freshen your breath as well.
- Mental Fatigue: Place 2-3 drops in a diffuser in the room you are in, or on a cotton ball and inhale periodically. If you are laying down place 1 drop peppermint oil on the corner of your pillowcase.
- For the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting or dizziness associated with motion: You can keep a small bottle of peppermint oil in your purse and inhale as needed. You can also place 1 drop on your tongue and breathe through nose.
- Post-Exercise Support: For tired feet fill a small tub with cool water and add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil for a reviving foot bath.
- Supports Healthy Lung and Respiratory Function: Place 1 drop peppermint oil on your tongue, close your mouth and breath in and out through your nose. This really helps to open up your sinus passages.
- Supports Oral Health: Apply 1 drop of pure peppermint oil directly on toothbrush with paste and brush as normal.
Hopefully you now have a few ideas of how you can start using peppermint essential oil in practical ways in your home daily. The 2 major reasons people don’t use oils is because of price and/or because they don’t know where to start! Luckily peppermint is one of the most inexpensive oils and is so versatile so you will never run out of ways to use it.
Thanks for this list! I love Peppermint… I like to add it to some of my other oils when I diffuse, to give an extra nice scent, or to make scents I don’t particularly like (talking to you, German Chamomile) pleasant.
However I’ve got to say, for me the drop on the tongue did NOT work. It was extremely strong, and my body immediately started rejecting it by salivating EXCESSIVELY! I had to stand at my bathroom sink for about 15 minutes, spitting mouthfuls of saliva every 5 seconds or so, until the oil was mostly gone / had been diluted to just a light flavor.
Hi Jessica! Thanks for stopping byy! So glad the article was helpful. I agree that peppermint can be a bit overwhelming to the tastebuds. There is only one kind that I can use in this manner. I forget the name of it now, but I get it at my health food store. So sorry you had such a negative experience with it! 🙁