Peppermint essential oil comes from the family of Lamiaceae and is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint.
The oil is extracted before the flower blooms through steam distillation and has a cooling and refreshing mint fragrance that perks you up and makes you feel much more alert mentally.
Add a little tingle into your life
This is why it’s commonly added, and used in personal body care products like toothpaste, mouthwashes, candy canes, and in air deodorizers.
The oil also has lots of medicinal benefits thanks to its antispasmodic, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties.
It is useful for treating problems like:
- Stomach aches and digestive problems
- Bad breath
- Headache relief
- Reducing anger and depression
- Treating stress and anxiety
- To fight fatigue
- Treating congestion
Bugs Hate It
While peppermint is commonly used as a flavoring agent for chewing gum, tea, and ice cream it can do so much more.
Perfect for eliminating ants, cockroaches, and rodents. Just add a few drops to a cotton ball and place by entry areas or pathways.
How to Use
The oil can be used in your diffuser, mixed with massage oils, or added to your bath water. It can also help treat headaches by applying a drop or two on your temples or forehead.
For quick energy boost, adding a few drops to a handkerchief or tissue and inhaling it regularly helps improve your mood and reduce fatigue.
The oil should however not be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women, or on young children without proper dilution.
Though the oil is non-toxic, because of its potency, it may irritate people with sensitive skin.