Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. It’s one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. It is anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain relieving, curbs the appetite, and naturally cools the body.
Peppermint Oil is one of my favorite oils and I use it often! My favorite way to use it is to apply a few drops to my feet. For several years, I’ve suffered from “hot feet.” While I don’t know for sure if this is an actual medical condition, it has been exceedingly bothersome to me (and others I know). Previously, I have only found relief by soaking my feet in ice water, literally, which was very inconvenient at times, especially in the middle of the night! Now though, when this happens I simply rub the oil on my feet and let the natural cooling take effect. It also helps with hot flashes! See below for some of the many uses for peppermint oil.
Uses for Peppermint Oil:
- Rub 4-6 drops over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, nausea, diarrhea and motion sickness.
- Add a drop to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
- Massage several drops on an area of injury or chronic inflammation to reduce inflammation.
- Rub on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
- Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up and cool on a hot day.
- Apply immediately to an injured area (bruise on foot or hand) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply around (not on) the open wound.
- Rub several drops on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever or cool hot feet.
- Apply a drop topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
- To relieve a headache rub a drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck.
- 10.Place two drops of Peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness, concentration and memory recall.
- Place a drop on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
- Place a drop in a cup of coffee to create your own peppermint mocha.
- Add to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
- Drink a drop mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
- Place a drop on the tongue to stop bad breath.
- Inhale to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
- Remove ticks from pets by applying a drop on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to un-hedge its head and remove from your pet.
- Add 4-5 drops to 4 oz. of water and spray plants to kill aphids.
- Mix one 15-ml. bottle into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.