Part of the reason I love essential oils so much is due to their versatility. Very few oils offer the amount of versatility as peppermint oil does. This was one of the first oils I ever used and I have carried a bottle in my purse since that very first day.
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Peppermint oil is commonly used in chewing gum, toothpaste, and mint flavored treats. It reminds me of Christmas time…mostly because of the homemade Peppermint Bark I make for stocking stuffers and end up devouring most of it myself (oops!). A high quality peppermint oil will have a very high menthol content. The high menthol content brings Christmas to the desert this time of year. At 110 degrees outside any sort of reprieve is cherished. A single drop to the back of the neck offers a much needed refreshing cooling sensation.
Peppermint oil works very well for digestive health. My grown kids rub a drop onto their stomachs to help alleviate occasional indigestion. I’ve also used it in a pinch when I’ve been inadvertently glutened to help fight off the unavoidable protests from my gut.
A few other common ways my family and I use peppermint oil include a drop in a shot of water to freshen our breath, a drop rubbed in our hands and inhaled for a pick me up midday, and diffused or inhaled to promote respiratory health and breathing. One of my favorite blends for our diffuser is peppermint and wild orange which smells absolutely divine. I commonly add peppermint to skin care products for its cooling sensation and invigorating effects.
How do you use your peppermint oil? ~Kris