The natural world is full of unexpected wonders, including peppermint, which is a staple in most herb gardens. Peppermint oil can be found in most medicine cupboards, as both are incredibly versatile. If you’re in need of some ideas of how to use peppermint oil, read on.
Lots of people turn to peppermint oil when their muscles are sore and overworked, as the natural oil delivers a cooling sensation when applied to the skin to alleviate discomfort. If you decide to make your own peppermint massage oil, be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil before you apply it to your skin. Peppermint oil alone is far more concentrated than other oils and not suitable for anyone with sensitive skin. Once diluted it’s perfectly safe!
Whether you’re feeling tense from the stresses of life or simply have a headache, peppermint oil is a great natural remedy to provide some relief. You could try blending peppermint oil with a carrier oil and applying the blend directly to your temples and neck for relaxation. Pure essential peppermint oil can also be added to a diffuser to fill your room with its fresh scent.
Peppermint oil can also provide relief when you’re stuffed up with a cold, at any time of year! Its menthol action can help to ease sinuses and leave you feeling less congested. Try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of boiling water, then hold your head in the steam with a towel draped over, breathing deeply.
If you commonly have tummy troubles, or are experiencing a problem as a one-off, there’s lots you can do with peppermint oil to help get things going. You might prefer to drink peppermint tea or consume some peppermint oil capsules, or alternatively you could massage the essential oil into your abdomen to soothe things from the outside. See our tips on massaging with peppermint oil above.
DIY cleaning products are proving more popular by the day; with pressure to reduce our single-use plastic and a close eye on unnecessary chemicals. Peppermint is a great addition to any homemade cleaner as it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, a great scent, plus it’s all natural so it’s safer for your family and pets. Here’s how to make your own peppermint-based cleaner:
• Pour 60ml of white/distilled vinegar to an old spray bottle
• Add 30 drops of essential peppermint oil
• Fill the remainder of the bottle with water
• Shake and use!