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Invigorating, stimulating Peppermint

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

 

  • Add 1 drop to a glass of water and use as a breath freshener - this is also nice blended with Lemon Essential Oil.

 

  •  Peppermint is great in food … add a drop to your frosting next time you make a chocolate cupcakes or brownie.

 

  • One drop into your chocolate shake gets you Choc/Mint, or into your next batch of chocolate cookies crumbled through ice-cream.

 

 

  • Add a drop to your water with a couple of slices of strawberry or lime for a deliciously infused water.

 

  • The menthol in peppermint opens up airways and makes a great drink before a run.

 

  • Peppermint can enliven the senses and promote feelings of energy. Put a drop on a tissue and tuck it inside your shirt, or on a wooden stick kept on your desk when you feel yourself flagging in the afternoon.

 

  • When combined with Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint makes a beautiful massage oil - add a drop of each into some Fractionated Coconut Oil for a wonderfully soothing massage.

 

  • Add a drop to your shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating scalp massage.

 

  • If you have a corner in your house, prone to a few spiders, a cotton ball with a drop or two of Peppermint Essential Oil in that space can help keep them away.

 

  • 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

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • Olive or coconut oil

  • Few drops of Essentials Peppermint Oil

 

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!

 

 

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