Memories of the fresh, peppermint smell of candy canes hanging from the tree, blending with the heady, rich aroma of allspice and cinnamon wafting from the kitchen as the Christmas cake bakes, evokes feelings of warmth and family traditions. With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it a good time to have a look at Peppermint Essential Oil and this intense and invigorating oils many uses.
Peppermint is a perennial herb that has been used since ancient times. The plant’s first recorded appearance dates back to 1000 BC when dried peppermint leaves were found entombed in ancient Egyptian pyramids. Used both dried and in oils, its uses are multi-purpose, used in cosmetic, culinary and health products around the world.
Peppermint is great for stimulating alertness and stamina, it is useful if you are trying to stay awake while you are studying, but I wouldn't advise its use close to bedtime if you are trying to wind down. It’s menthol properties have a cooling effect when added to creams or in a mister bottle sprayed around your head if you need a pick me up, or a cool me down after a day in the sun or a long run.
Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits
Reflexology and aromatherapy go hand in hand (or foot) - that’s why you find Peppermint Oil in foot creams and scrubs. Remember your Mum rubbing creams made of combinations of Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil on your forehead and chest when you had a cold, the menthol in peppermint has a slightly tingly feeling on the skin, opens airways and is soothing.
Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub
Take 1 cup granulated sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add a carrier oil, like almond, olive or coconut oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet but grainy consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Transfer the scrub to a bottle and use in the bath or shower to exfoliate, moisturize and soothe sore feet.
Follow your foot scrub with a neutral cream that has a drop or two of Essentials Lavender Oil to soothe and calm
I know I have said this before .... and most likely will again. A good essential oil is really important - make sure its pure, unadulterated .... your scalp and your tummy will thank you!
This weekend was packed full, we loved demonstrating our beautiful range of Essentials at St Michaels School Cultural day!