The following is a guest post from Heather Koenig of Essential Oils Living! She shares her top uses and benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil.
Peppermint is one of the more commonly known essential oils. For those of us who love it, we can’t get enough of it — especially in and around the holidays. The smell of peppermint can lead us to memories of holiday baking, pulling that candy cane off the tree, or quite simply, enjoying the cheer of the holiday season.
When we smell peppermint, we know the holidays are just around the corner. Peppermint essential oils, however, can play a role in our homes all throughout the year. It’s an all-natural product that is hardly restricted to simply a holiday treat or after-dinner breath freshener.
Peppermint essential oils can be added to cleaning supplies, they can be effective bug repellents, and they can even give you that much-needed afternoon pick-me-up. So without further ado, here are a number of ideas for how you can use peppermint at home all throughout the year.
Some Household Uses
We hate the feeling of seeing those creepy crawlies in our homes (spiders, flies, and other undesirable creatures). Well, with peppermint oils, you can show them they aren’t welcome in your home. These oils are a safe naturally-derived alternative to commercial bug and spider repellents, and are often just as effective.
How does it work? Simply put 1-3 drops of the oil on a cotton ball and hide it around the house where these unwelcome guests may lurk. Then, quite simply, you wait.
Looking for a green alternative cleaning option with multiple uses around your house? Use this recipe as a powerful and great-smelling multi-purpose cleaner:
½ cup distilled vinegar
½ cup water
12-24 drops of peppermint oil
Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Well, here’s a natural alternative you can use to keep your body and mind energized all throughout the day. Try diffusing just a few drops (2-5) of peppermint oil in your ionic diffuser and enjoy the change in atmosphere. It just might give you that energy boost you need to get through even your most stressful and exhaustive days.
Some Health Uses
Kick the ticks with peppermint. If you find a tick on your body, apply some peppermint oil to a cotton ball and then “share it” with the tick. Not only will it stop burrowing, but you’ll be able to release him from your skin.
Furthermore, consider these tips for a healthy, more stress-free lifestyle:
Find some relief for joint pain by using peppermint oil to soothe and restore.
Curb your appetite. The aromatic effects of peppermint can make you feel fuller more quickly.
Calm painful tension headaches with just a few drops of peppermint oil applied topically.
After a long day’s work, a tough workout, or just a long shopping session, find restoration in the power of using a few drops of peppermint oil in your bath. Pair it with epsom salts and it is sure to give you the pick-me-up you need!
Food and Beverage Uses
Just because it’s an “oil” doesn’t mean you can’t consume it. You can enhance a variety of your beverages with peppermint oil. That’s right, you can add a kick to your teas, coffees, hot cocoas, and even cocktails!
Both milk and dark chocolate can be refreshed with a few drops of peppermint oil. Surely you’ve tried a mint chocolate! Get creative in the kitchen this holiday season and see what recipes you can improve with a little touch of peppermint!
Peppermint icing…mmm. Add a couple of drops to a homemade frosting recipe. That, in itself, should be enough to heighten your senses!