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'Tis The Season: We're Into Peppermint Oil

Forget candy canes: This is the best peppermint of the season.

At the forefront of alternative therapies and natural remedies, essential oils are coveted around the world for their incredible healing benefits. Whether it’s for medicinal use, internal and external support or  fragrances and relaxation, there is an oil for just about any purpose, whim or need. And one of the most popular and multi-faceted oils is peppermint oil: It supports healing and well-being in a number of ways, and, well, personifies minty goodness. Here, a few ways to treat yourself to the benefits of peppermint oil.

1. LOVE YOUR BELLY. People often reach for a cup of peppermint tea after meals, and peppermint oil has the same soothing, post-meal effect but with added strength and effectiveness due to its pure concentration. So if you have a sensitive system, or if you just need a little support after a heavy or indulgent meal (holiday season, anyone?!), look to a bit of peppermint oil to ease discomfort and encourage healthy digestion. It is also reported to have a hormone-balancing effect for women when applied directly to the belly. Below, how to reap the benefits.

Rub it: Mix a few drops with a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil or any nut oil, and gently massage onto your belly.

Drink it: Add a drop to hot water for your own leafless peppermint tea. Have before and after meals to stimulate digestion. (Make sure you are using high-grade internal use peppermint oil, like this one.)

Swallow it: There are also peppermint oil beadlets/capsules on the market. We love, use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils.

2. LOVE YOUR TASTEBUDS. Get creative with peppermint oil in the kitchen: Not only does it add a bit of minty twist to a variety of dishes, but it will also support that digestion. (As previously mentioned, make sure you are using high-grade internal use peppermint oil, like this one.)

– Put a few drops in protein/bliss balls. (Would be especially good in these coconut vegan protein balls!)

– Add to your raw homemade chocolate: Mix with cacao nibs, and voila… Natural choco-mint!

– Add to smoothies, chia puddings, porridge, cookies… you get the picture!

3. LOVE YOUR BODY. Peppermint oil is a natural pain inhibitor. As a chronic headache sufferer, I know it can be difficult to find natural alternatives to strong pain (especially migraines) when you don’t want to take pharmaceuticals, and sometimes a cold towel on the forehead just isn’t enough. Here’s where peppermint oil comes in: Mix with a carrier oil (or use a very small amount of just peppermint oil) and rub onto temples, forehead and behind the ears. (Be careful of your eyes here.)

To reduce fever and create an overall cooling effect for the body, add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to the temples, pulse points of the wrist, behind the ears and the bottom of the feet. (Fun fact: The bottom of the feet is the fastest way for the body to absorb oils through the bloodstream without ingesting.)

4. LOVE YOUR FRESH LIFE. Get peppermint-y in everyday living: You don’t need any specific ailment or injury to enjoy the benefits of any essential oil, but especially peppermint oil in particular. You can add this oil to many parts of your daily routine.

– Add a drop to your water bottle for a breath-freshening, detox-supporting refresher.

– Add to your ice tray to make minty ice cubes—perfect for thirst-quenching freshness.

– Add to a diffuser to cleanse and clear the air.

– Make your own facemasks, shampoo and other natural body care products.

 

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