Candy Cane Lane: 21 Uses for Peppermint Oil Posted on 04 Dec 09:47
Candy canes are a beloved holiday treat. You can find them everywhere in December - hanging in windows, on evergreen trees, given as gifts, and lingering on the lips of little ones everywhere. Peppermint is a common flavoring around the holidays, and with its crisp, refreshing taste (and smell!), it’s a seasonal favorite.
Here are 21 ways you can use the essential oil of Peppermint to bring the spirit of the season home:
Pain Relieving Massage. The essential oil of Peppermint has been used to relax muscles and reduce pain when used as a topical massage oil. Known to soothe an aching back, ease tension headaches, and even relieve aches & pains associated with fibromyalgia, Peppermint oil may just be the best ingredient for DIY muscle rubs during the holiday season, or any time of year for that matter!
Cough & Cold. If you’re suffering this season with sinus congestion, itchy throat, or cough, you will quickly recognize the benefits of inhaling Peppermint essential oil though a diffuser, or in a steam bath. The ability of menthol to open airways and provide a cooling sensation to irritated airways is unparalleled.
Joint Pain. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of joint pain. Peppermint oil is a cooling substance. When the pain of chronic inflammation affects your joints, applying this type of substance may help - in a similar way to taking an ice bath.
Hunger & Cravings. Peppermint is ideal for your diffuser during the holidays because of its popular fragrance, but its benefits extend beyond the scent. The healing vapors of Peppermint oil may help to stave off hunger and specific food cravings like that for sugary treats.
Energy. The stimulating properties of Peppermint are known to boost both mental and physical energy levels to keep you going strong throughout the season.
Hair Care. Just a few drops of Peppermint essential oil in your shampoo or conditioner is a great pick-me-up! As an exciting added “bonus”, Peppermint oil’s invigorating abilities extend beyond your nose to speed hair growth and remove dandruff!
Cleansing. The natural antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral properties of Peppermint oil make it a powerful germicide capable of disinfecting surfaces throughout your home. Used in this way, it may help you avoid common infections of the cold & flu, and other airborne illnesses.
Immunity. Peppermint oil provides powerful antioxidant properties that make it helpful for boosting the functions of your immune system. For this reason, the sweetly refreshing flavor of Peppermint is often added into wintertime tonics.*
Fever. Peppermint is a natural fever reducer due to its cooling effects. For this reason, it is commonly diluted and massaged into the neck, chest, and feet of children and adults to help stabilize body temperature during illnesses.
Insects. Nobody wants to see a spider, ants, mosquitoes, or other creepy crawlers in their home. Peppermint oil works as a natural insecticide both inside your home and out to keep pests far away!
Healthy Skin. Inflammation can affect the skin, leaving sensitive skin types with redness or even topical dryness that can result in itchy, flaky skin. Peppermint oil has calming effects on inflammation and for this reason is commonly found in skin nourishing lotions, lip balms, and serums.
Acne. The cleansing abilities of peppermint make it an ideal ingredient in face and body washes. It helps to prevent breakouts and can even be used as a spot treatment for existing blemishes.
Headache & Migraine. Peppermint oil helps to improve circulation, making it a great option for natural headache relief. The aroma of Peppermint is also a known stress reliever and may help with migraines. To ease headache pain, simply apply the oil to your forehead and temples as people have been doing for centuries.
Sunburn. This essential oil helps to hydrate the skin. It also provides natural analgesic properties that make it ideal for relieving the pain of sunburns. Mixing the Peppermint oil with a carrier oil is the preferred way to make a homemade sunburn spray.
Stomach Upset. Internally, Peppermint essential oils have been known to effectively reduce stomach upset including bloating, gas, indigestion, and nausea even better than some traditional medications.*
Oral Health. You might already know that Peppermint works wonders on bad breath, but did you also know that it may help to reduce cavities? Homemade Peppermint oil toothpastes and mouthwashes are almost always as effective as store-bought products. You can also just add a drop of the oil to your tongue followed by a sip of water to freshen up!
Dental Pain. As a topical pain reliever, Peppermint oil is a great remedy for teething infants and adults suffering from any moderate oral health problems.
Colic. Infantile colic can be a troublesome problem, especially during the holidays. Peppermint is a wonderfully fragrant natural remedy for colic.
Mental Function. The fragrance of Peppermint is so stimulating that it has been used to improve memory and attention for children and adults alike.
Cold Sores. Because of the pain relieving (analgesic) abilities of Peppermint, it is great for reducing the sting of cold sores. Using Peppermint essential oil on these topical irritations is also a great way to keep them from spreading.
Breathing Troubles. Peppermint oil contains a chemical compound called rosmarinic acid that works to reduce inflammation in the air passages of the lungs to help facilitate easy breathing. For this reason, it may be an effective remedy for common breathing problems and asthma.
A NOTE ON QUALITY
Before you use an essential oil for therapeutic purposes you need to know that not all oils are created equal. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to make high-quality volatile oils, but really their distillation process includes additives and chemicals that deplete the potency and quality of the end product. And what you get is a watered down, synthetic version of plant extractions that simply aren’t potent enough to use as medicine.
All Healing Solutions essential oils are produced without the use of additives and are verified 100% pure and unadulterated. Your health and happiness are our utmost priority.
*Healing Solutions always discourages internal use of essential oils without the direct oversight of a qualified health professional. Essential oils consist of highly concentrated plant material and may cause extremely adverse reactions if taken internally. DO NOT INGEST.