Aromatherapy : Peppermint

Peppermint is not only a tasty ingredient in chewing gum and toothpaste it has a whole heap of benefits! Most of which we didn't know about, well we know now and soon will you!

The oil an either be used on your skin or inhaled or even ingested. It has a calming and cooling effect on the body. It also has antimicrobal properties which is good for your breath, soothe digestive issues, be used on your kitchen bench or your floors and many other things. 

Here are some of the benefits of this fresh smelling oil:

 

Muscle Pain relief

Peppermint is an effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, it can sooth back pain, sore muscles and even reduce tension headache. 

 

Sinus care 

By inhaling diffused peppermint oil it an help clear the respiratory track, unclog sinuses and relief to sore throats. If you don’t have a diffuser you can rub some in on your chest. 

 

Hair care

Mix a few drops of peppermint oil in with your shampoo or massage it in to your roots can help stimulate your scalp, give you energy and can also help with hair growth as well as help thicken your hair and give new life to damaged hair. 

 

Fever reducer

As peppermint has cooling effects when applied on your skin you can use it to reduce fever. You can mix a few drops in with some coconut oil and rub it in on your neck and bottom of feet. 

 

Bug repellant

Anything that can keep bugs away makes us happy! Effective to repel ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice and lice!

 

Help reduce nausea

Add some peppermint oil to water or rub it behind your ears if you feel sick.

 

For your skin

Peppermint can help prevent acne by aiding the production of oil in your skin. It can also help healing cracked lips! Trying this right now, been suffering from cracked lips all winter, so far feels pretty good :)

 

Stimulant

Peppermint oil can be used to increase concentration, reduce jet lag and boost your energy. 

 

These are just some of the benefits, it also smells pretty fresh, at least we think so :)

Also fresh mint is a great addition to salads, dressings, ice cream, raw chocolate (you can also put a few drops in your chocolate) or why not have a peppermint tea to start the day. 

 

 

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