Peppermint is an invigorating scent that almost everyone is familiar with. But what many don't know is that this cool scent has additional uses as an essential oil that can be used topically, through diffusion, orally, or mixed with other essential oils for a variety of benefits.
One of peppermint oil’s most notable properties is a cooling sensation that is felt when applied to the skin. As a result, you can mix peppermint oil with your a carrier oil and apply it to any sore areas for added relief; the fresh peppermint scent will also boost your energy while helping release tightened muscles and acting as a natural painkiller. Also, when applied topically, peppermint oil can act as a repellant for bugs, including mosquitos and ticks. Peppermint oil is perfect for summertime!
To apply peppermint oil topically, first add it to a common carrier oil, like olive oil or coconut oil. Before applying the mixture to a larger area, test it on a small part of your body for allergic or adverse reactions. Once you’ve tested the solution, you can use it all over or in targeted places on your body. Try applying peppermint oil in several different locations to experience all of the positive benefits of this multipurpose essential oil.
But peppermint oil isn't just topical. When taken orally, it can help with digestion, relieve headaches, reduce muscle spasms in the colon, and, of course, help freshen bad breath. You may think that this is the reason why peppermint is often used in dental supplies, but its natural antiseptic properties also strengthen tooth and gum health.
Diffusion and inhalation of peppermint oil also has substantial benefits. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help clear the sinuses or offer temporary relief from sore throats as well as coughs and asthma. The scent of the oil can also eliminate hunger pangs and acts as a natural energizer.
In addition to using peppermint oil alone in the ways described above, it can also be mixed with other essential oils for different uses. This invigorating oil mixes well with lavender, lemon, rosemary and grapefruit oils, among others. Try various different combinations for fresh, exciting scents when diffusing. For example, blending peppermint oil with lavender oil will likely have a calming effect, while pairing with lemon or grapefruit will boost the natural energizing properties of peppermint.
Cautions: Never use essential oils undiluted or in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children and pets. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute and perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body.