The amazing benefits of Peppermint Oil include everything from treating nausea to poison ivy.
Using Peppermint Oil is so easy to do and super effective.
One of the oldest, and best-known, uses for Peppermint Oil is for digestive problems.
This is what Hippocrates and Galen prescribed to their patients thousands of years ago.
That is why peppermint gum and candy are so popular and are good to have on hand to treat minor stomach aches caused by head colds (due to sinus draining) or over-indulging at a meal (can you say Thanksgiving turkey stupor?!).
Since then, research has shown that this oil is wonderfully effective for a lot of other health issues as well:
Scientific studies at PubMed have shown that people who suffer with diarrhea due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome have marked improvement when using Peppermint Oil.
Another study shows that this oil reduces colon spasms during a colonoscopy. This means the patient has less pain, so the doctor is able to get better results.
Commonly known as aromatherapy, just the smell of Peppermint Oil can change you mood and your outlook.
Simply dilute 2 drops of Peppermint Oil with a few drops of olive oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil, then rub on the bones behind your ears, on your wrists or directly on the painful area of your stomach. Then cup your hands over your face and inhale.
Mix 2 drops of Peppermint Oil with 4 drops of olive oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil. Rub 1 drop of this mixture between your hands, cup over your nose and mouth, and inhale.
Put 3-4 drops of this mixture in a shallow bowl of steaming-hot water. Drape a towel over your head and sit with the bowl under your towel "tent" to inhale the steaming Peppermint Oil.
Use another drop of the mixture to dot your upper lip and/or the sides of your nose, so that the smell will linger.
Be sure not to get the oil in your eyes or on your mucus membranes (inside your nose or mouth).
Dilute a few drops of Peppermint Oil with a few drops of olive oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub into wherever the headache is -- temples, behind the ear, base of the skull, top of the head, et cetera.
For stubborn headaches, wait 15-20 minutes, then reapply.
Be sure not to get the oil in your eyes.
Mix 2 drops of Peppermint Oil with 4 drops of olive oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil. Rub 1 drop of this mixture between your hands, then around the navel and over your stomach.
Rub your belly in a counter-clockwise direction. That is, up your right side and down your left side, with a slow, gentle, no-pressure motion. Do this until the heartburn subsides.
A stick of peppermint gum, or a peppermint hard candy, can also be used. Swallowing the peppermint as you chew the gum or suck on the candy will relax your stomach and allow the sphincter between it and your esophagus to close fully (which will stop the heartburn).
Be careful not to take peppermint internally too often. Too much peppermint (tea, candy, or gum) can actually cause heartburn by relaxing the sphincter itself!
Moderation in all things. Terence (195-160 B.C.)
Mix 1-2 drops of Peppermint Oil with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Stir in just enough water to make a paste.
Use to brush your teeth, gums, tongue, and sides of your mouth by dipping a wet toothbrush in the mixture. Brush thoroughly and rinse well.
Dilute a few drops of Peppermint Oil with a few drops of olive oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply directly to rash. Use a cotton ball and dab the mixture on gently.
If rash is too sensitive, dilute with more olive oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil, place in a spray bottle and spray on the rash.