We are on Day 4 of the 14 Day Essential Oil Challenge! Pull out that Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil and let’s get right down to business.
SAFE WAYS TO USE PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL:
- Aromatically in your home diffuser or inhaling straight from the bottle
- Topically; Apply 2 drops as needed. Dilution is advised. Do not use on small children or babies.
- Dietary; use Peppermint Vitality oil
Everyone has a most favorite oil, and Peppermint is THAT oil for me. Peppermint is actually the very first Young Living essential oil that I ever used. My mom gave me a bottle one year and I made peppermint sugar scrubs as Christmas gifts. At the time I didn’t realize what a treasure she had given me– I was simply using it for the smell. Now I know better. 🙂
Before I started using Young Living oils regularly back in 2013, I thought peppermint was just a nice smelling extract used in candy canes and peppermint patties. Boy, was I wrong. This little bottle of oil is POTENT STUFF. I keep a bottle in my purse at all times and another one on my nightstand. It never leaves my side.
It is a “hot” oil, so you need to be very careful with it when you first start using it topically. Some folks dislike the combination of an “ice/hot” feeling on their skin, but I LOVE it. For me it comes on slowly, kinda like I cracked opened the freezer door and stood in front of it, waiting on the cold air to arrive and chill my skin. But when the tingly feeling hits, it intensifies into this simultaneously cold/hot/pleasurable tickling sensation that would make Joe Nameth proud. The thing about peppermint oil is your mind focuses right on the spot where you apply it and it helps you forget whatever other uncomfortable sensations were happening elsewhere in your body.
My favorite ways to apply peppermint oil, depending on where my uncomfortable sensations are happening at the time:
Feeling Overwhelmed: Rub 2-3 drops into my temples and around my hair line, then on the back of my neck at the base of my skull. The tension eases almost immediately. You can also put a drop on your finger and do a “cheek swipe” or press it into the roof of your mouth. If you try this, I must warn you to please be prepared for the burn. It’s pretty strong stuff. But, this is a sure-fire way for me to knock out any uncomfortable feelings I am experiencing from the neck up. 🙂
Boost of Energy: When I was working in an office I kept a communal bottle on my desk, and my coworkers would come grab little Peppermint “hits” throughout the day. When the 4:00 in the afternoon slump hits and everyone is ready for a nap, this is better than caffeine. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s REALLY good stuff for boosting energy, attention, focus and performance. Put a few drops in your hand, rub together and inhale deeply for a quick peppermint pick-me-up.
Invigorating Body Care: Like I said, my first introduction to essential oils was making DIY peppermint sugar scrubs as Christmas gifts. You can add peppermint oil to a homemade body butter for a tingly peppermint foot cream that leaves your tootsies tingling.
Or, these pretty pink layered sugar scrubs make a perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, bridal shower favors, birthday gifts and so much more. Get the recipe for Layered Sugar Scrub here.
Relieve Tired Joints: A few drops rubbed onto shoulders, elbows or knee joints help to combat the damaging effects of everyday activities when I don’t have my Deep Relief roll-on handy.
Digestive Support: Combine 2-3 drops of peppermint with Digize oil and rub around navel when you’re saying “I can’t believe I ate/drank the WHOLE THING”. Peppermint + Lemon are the two key oils in the Digest + Cleanse supplement to help prevent occasional indigestion and abdominal pain.*
Appetite Suppression: I learned this while I was doing the Whole30 Challenge a few years back. For those crazy carb cravings, rub a few drops in your hand and inhale it to help curb the appetite.
Or, Sweet tooth Satisfaction!!: Peppermint + Chocolate, need I say more? Add one drop peppermint oil to your favorite hot chocolate recipe for what I like to call Heaven in a Cup. Find out the secret to making perfect hot chocolate right here. Or, make your own homemade peppermint patties. They are super simple and oh so yummy!
Feelin’ hot, hot, hot: Peppermint cools me right off when I’m feeling a flash of hotness- whether it’s out in a crowded place, at the beach or in the garden. I rub a few drops on the back of my neck and the base of my spine for instant relief from excessive heat. Or, make a peppermint cooling spray and throw it in your beach bag for a quick spritz of coolness. Get the recipe here:
Be sure to avoid direct contact with your eyes, ears and any other super sensitive areas. If you do accidentally rub into your eye, you can use a carrier oil like V-6 rubbed in a circular motion over your eyes (as if you’re removing your makeup) to dilute it and remove the sting. Don’t use water because oil + water don’t mix.
I want to challenge you to use peppermint oil today and find out how it can work for you! Here are some more ideas to get you started.
Peppermint is found in these popular products (plus MANY others):
- Mountain Mint Deodorant (aluminum free- great “starter” deodorant for older kids/tweens/teens)
- Aroma Siez
- BLM (for Joint and muscle support)
- Breathe-Again Roll-on
- Deep Relief Roll-on
- Digest + Cleanse
- Progessence Plus
- Ortho Sport Massage Oil
- Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste
Oil Safety and Interactions:
- Peppermint oil may affect breast milk production, so avoid it while pregnant or nursing.
- Do not apply to babies or small children since it is a hot oil.
- Like ALL essential oils, keep out of reach of children so they don’t accidentally swallow it. Call 911 immediately if this happens.
- Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes.
- If you are taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
- Do not store above room temperature.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease.