Peppermint oil is one of the essential oils I use almost every day. Its envigorating aroma wakes me up, opens my sinuses, and makes a delicious, zero calorie addition to a glass of ice water.
Inhaling peppermint oil helps trigger a sense of fullness after meals, so it is an excellent tool to have available when you are cutting back on calories or portion sizes. Plus, putting a drop of peppermint oil in your mouth may satisfy your need for something else.
Here are a few quick and easy ways to incorporate peppermint into your daily routine:
- Massage several drops of peppermint oil on the abdomen, place a drop on the tip of the tongue or wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Rub one drop of peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with the eyes), and on the back of the neck to help relieve headache.
- Place two drops of peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop oil under the nose to improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughut the day to keep energy levels up.
- To deter ants and other bugs, sprinkle several drops of peppermint oil across the door jamb or other point of entry.
- Rub peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
- Apply a few drops to feet to bring down a fever.
- Add two drops to your next batch of brownies or cookies, or add one drop to a cup of hot chocolate.
- Add a drop of peppermint oil to herbal tea to help aid in digestion.
- Add a few drops to a foot bath to soothe aching feet.
Young Living’s peppermint essential oil comes from the most potent plants around the globe – some is even grown on Young Living Farms – and is tested to ensure proper levels of menthol and menthone are in every bottle.
But there’s more to Young Living Therapeutic Grade peppermint than just finding the best plants. The secret is in expert harvesting practices. Peppermint is harvested when the field’s overall appearance goes from light to dark green. The growers make sure the plant has just started to bloom before the peppermint is cut, and then water is carefully measured prior to distillation to ensure the most potent constituents are steam extracted.
An important concept to remember is that if we are going to get results from essential oils, and especially if we are going to ingest them, we need to be certain of their therapeutic value. Stay away from those little clear bottles of “oil” or flavoring at the drug store. Some products that are labeled as essential oils may actually be synthetic, may be diluted with a cheaper carrier oil or adulterated with solvents. Young Living tests all oils that they distill or source to be certain that they meet the stringent Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards. That’s one of the many reasons why I choose Young Living.
Peppermint is just one of the ten oils in the Everyday Oils Collection.