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Top 6 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint, Menta Piperita, essential oil is steam distilled and also happens to be one of my favorite oils. It was the first essential oil that I ingested. A friend had me pour a drop onto my hand, touch my finger to it and put it on the top of my mouth. I had a sinus infection at the time, and I loved the immediate relief. Then she had rub it on my neck. Rub my hands together and inhale. By the time that I inhaled, my sinuses had opened up, and I was trying to buy the bottle. Peppermint really started me down the path of learning about essential oils again. Peppermint has a lot of healing properties and can be found in a lot of other blended oils as well. I always recommend diluting peppermint with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil because peppermint may cause a skin irritation. Make sure that there are no warnings on your essential oil label telling you not to put the oil on your skin or to ingest the oil. Research your oil company and know where your oil comes from.

  • Inhale peppermint or put a drop under your nose or on the back of your neck to make yourself alert. I love diffusing peppermint with wild orange for a cheerful alert feeling.
  • Use topically on the back of your neck, along your spine or on the bottoms of your feet to fight a fever or hot flashes. Peppermint also keeps you cool during a hot summer.
  • Take peppermint, lemon and lavender in a capsule to fight seasonal allergy threats. Also apply peppermint to your chest or back to ward off allergies.
  • To fight a headache apply to your temples, right above your ears or on the back of your neck. The new Doterra peppermint beadlets are also awesome for a headache. Three beadlets equal one drop of peppermint essential oil.
  • If you’re trying to lose weight, inhale or put peppermint under your nose to curb your cravings between meals.
  • If you suffer from bad breath, gargle one drop with water to fight the smell.

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