Peppermint oil, when applied topically passes on a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body which can help relieve tension headaches, muscle spasms, or abdominal pain, if any. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help unclog your sinuses and when paired with lemon oil is a great relief for those who suffer from seasonal allergies and scratchy throats.
Essential oils have been used throughout history for thousands of years in medicinal practice, yet folks today are often surprised and mesmerized by the power of these oils in health and healing. Somehow, we’ve lost touch with this innate knowledge.
Simply put, essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. The ancient Egyptians were some of the first people to use essential oils followed by the ancient Greeks and the Romans. Essential oils also play a huge role in Indian Ayurveda.
There are countless essential oils and I’ve had the joy of using many on myself and my children over the years. One of our favorites hands-down is peppermint oil and is also one of the most popular.
5 Ways To Use Peppermint Essential Oil
1. To Reduce Headaches
Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples to relieve tension headaches. The cooling sensation helps to relax the muscles in your head and neck.
2. To Improve Tummy Discomfort
Just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on your belly can help calm digestive troubles. In addition to soothing digestive discomfort, it also calms nausea.
3. To Help Relieve Seasonal Allergies
Because of its power to relax tense muscles, the same is true with relaxing the muscles that line our airways during allergy season. This (paired with lemon essential oil) is a great relief for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
4. To Ward Off Spiders
Diffuse peppermint oil in a room and notice that there won’t be as many spiders present. Peppermint oil does not harm spiders; they simply cannot stand the smell, therefore they steer clear. WIN!
5. To Improve Respiratory Function
Place a few drops in a diffuser and you’ll just find that you may breathe easier. Peppermint acts as a natural decongestant and helps to open up the airways.