Essential Oils are So Versatile
And peppermint is no exception. In this article, we will cover 10 of my favorite uses for peppermint essential oil. I hope you will share your favorite use down in the comments. Because one thing is for sure, we all use essential oils differently.
1. Liquid Air Conditioning
When I travel to warm climates, there is nothing I like more than peppermint essential oil under the arms, on the back of the neck, and behind the knees. The menthol in the peppermint essential oil binds the TRPM8 receptor, which then this sends a cold sensation to the brain. So even though the temperature of the skin doesn’t change, the brain thinks it has. I have used this essential oil trick through so many of my Southeast Asian country travels.
2. Hair Tonic
For years I have been putting peppermint essential oil in my hair every morning as a part of my hair tonic. Peppermint essential oil causes vasodilatation and increases blood flow to the hair follicle and can help to stimulate hair growth. Additionally, it also has cleansing properties that help to remove impurities and clean out the pores. Read about how to make my hair tonic here.
3. Pregnancy Leg Balm
A cooling leg balm is perfect for pregnant women or just about anyone with tired legs. During pregnancy, leg cramps may be caused by weight gain, changes in circulation, and from the pressure that a growing baby places on the nerves and blood vessels that go to your legs. Peppermint essential oil can help to increase blood flow and bring relief. To make the Leg Balm, click here.
4. Fizzing Toilet Powder
Clean your toilet once a week for 2-3 months with this fizzing powder that will leave your toilet refreshed and clean.
5. Support the Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra governs the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, liver and gallbladder. Because of this, an imbalance in the solar plexus may manifest itself in the body as digestive issues. If you are suffering from intestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, indigestion, etc., try adding peppermint essential oil to your drinking water or apply topically as desired.
6. Recovering from a Late Night
A drop of peppermint essential oil applied to the forehead or the roof of the mouth may bring relief from the “morning after” feeling resulting from too much fun last night.
7. Hair Mask
Use this Hair Mask weekly or as needed to rejuvenate and revitalize limp, over processed hair. In a small bowl. mix two tablespoons of honey, a tablespoon of almond oil, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and 5 drops of peppermint essential oils. Mix all the ingredients well and apply it from your scalp to the ends of your hair, with special focus on the damaged ends. Wear the mask for half an hour and then wash it out with a mild shampoo.
8. Clay Armpit Detox
Every now and then we need to give some extra attention to our underarm region. Deodorants can be jam packed with potentially toxic ingredients like aluminum and parabens, so this detox helps to ensure that you remove that ickiness from your system. Create this Armpit Detox to support healthy lymphatic function and to keep those areas fresh and clean.
Simply add 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay to 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and then add 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix to a paste and add as much water as needed to reach desired consistency.
9. Cooling Spray for Outdoor Animals
Keep outdoor livestock animals comfortable with this homemade spray.
10. Homemade Mouthwash
Peppermint is the perfect addition to a DIY mouthwash. Freshen breath and cool and alkalinize the mouth with this easy to make mouthwash.
This is just the beginning!
Peppermint essential oil is obviously super versatile for all things cooling and refreshing, and this is just 10 ways to use it. What is your favorite way to use peppermint essential oil? Leave a comment and let us know.
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