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All Natural Now ~ Peppermint Essential Oil

The herb peppermint, a natural cross between two types of mint (water mint and spearmint), grows throughout Europe and North America. Both peppermint leaves and the essential oil from peppermint have been used for health purposes. (Essential oils are very concentrated oils containing substances that give a plant its characteristic odor or flavor.) Peppermint is a common flavoring agent in foods, and peppermint oil is used to create a pleasant fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. The aroma of Peppermint Essential Oil is familiar and pleasant to most. Peppermint Oil is very intense and is far more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils.
Mint has been used for health purposes for several thousand years. It is mentioned in records from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. However, peppermint was not recognized as a distinct kind of mint until the 1700s.
Today, peppermint is used as a dietary supplement for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other digestive problems, the common cold, headaches, and other conditions. Peppermint oil is also used topically (applied to the skin) for headache, muscle aches, itching, and other problems.

Peppermint oil has been studied most extensively for IBS. Results from several studies indicate that peppermint oil in enteric-coated capsules may improve IBS symptoms. Peppermint oil has been used topically for tension headaches and a limited amount of evidence suggests that it might be helpful for this purpose.

Popular Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil
Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
Rub on the stomach or take internally for occasional digestive discomfort.
Add a drop of Peppermint to a homemade chocolate shake for a yummy twist.
Rather than grabbing an unhealthy snack mid afternoon, re-energize by applying Peppermint to the palms of hands and deeply inhaling. Use a drop or two on your temples to help enhance mental clarity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Oral Care                                                                                  

Soothe Toothaches

To ease toothache pain, apply 1 -2 drops of peppermint oil to a cotton swab. Apply directly to the aching tooth to simultaneously relieve soreness and disinfect the area.

Freshen Breath

This homemade peppermint mouthwash recipe is both inexpensive and effective. It’s also antibacterial and anti-fungal which will help to minimize bad breath.

For one batch, you will need:

  • 4 oz filtered or distilled water
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • a small resealable glass jar

Shake before each use. Swish 2-3 teaspoons of mouthwash 1 – 2 minutes. Because tea tree oil can be toxic when ingested in large enough amounts, avoid swallowing this mouthwash.

Tooth & Gum Health

You can also use peppermint oil to make your own homemade Toothpaste.

Tick & Flea Repellent                                                                               

This flea and tick spray can be used on carpets, pets, and people. Do not spray directly on cats as they are sensitive to essential oils.

You will need:

Fill a spray bottle almost to the top with distilled or filtered water. Drop in your essential oils and shake well before applying. You can spray this solution on your dog’s coat about once every two days.

Peppermint Lice Shampoo

Peppermint oil is one of a number of essential oils which have been proven effective in the treatment and elimination of head lice. Always remember: Before you apply peppermint oil or any other essential oil to large areas of skin, test for allergic reaction by placing a small drop on the back of the hand. You may have to wait a few hours as not all allergic reactions occur instantly.

To make this shampoo, simply mix 2 ounces of olive oil with 15 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. Dab this mixture onto the scalp using cotton balls and leave on overnight (or for at least 12 hours.) Alternately, you can mix 15 to 20 drops of peppermint oil in a glass spray bottle with 4 ounces of rubbing alcohol. Saturate hair with the mixture and leave this treatment on for around 12 hours.

Peppermint Oil Aromatherapy

As far as aromatherapy essential oils go, peppermint oil is one of the most refreshing and stimulating choices available. Whether you want to cool down a room during the heat of summer, set a festive mood for winter holidays, or boost your mental alertness and concentration, peppermint oil can help. Check out these recipes to use in your diffuser:                                                              

Cooling Relaxation Blends

Zero Stress Energizing Blend

(Restore vitality. Cut back on stress.)

  • 1 part Peppermint oil
  • 1 part Lavender oil
  • 2 parts Sweet Orange oil

Beat the Heat Blend

(Cool down after a day under the hot summer sun!)

  • 1 part Peppermint oil
  • 1 part Basil OR Lavender oil
  • 1 part Eucalyptus oil

Stimulating Concentration Blends                             

Fresh Mint Diffuser Blend

(I call this one the “Homework Helper…”)

  • 4 – 6 parts Spearmint oil
  • 3 – 5 parts Peppermint oil
  • 3 – 5 parts Palmarosa OR Citronella oil
  • (optional) 1 part Lemongrass oil

Wake Up, Pick-me-up Blend

(Simple, yet effective.)

  • 1 part Wild Orange oil
  • 1 part Peppermint oil

Enlivening Blend

  • 2 parts Peppermint oil
  • 2 parts Geranium oil
  • 5 parts Rosemary oil

Peppermint Surprise Essential Oil Blend

11 parts organic Peppermint essential oil                                                                                                                                           4 parts organic Ylang Ylang essential oil

For more great diffuser blends visit this page: http://allnaturalnow.com/t/proprietary-essential-oil-blends

Peppermint Oil for Natural Beauty

With so many uses that promote natural health, it should come as no surprise that peppermint essential oil makes a perfect addition to your daily beauty routine as well. As a natural astringent and anti-microbial, this oil is great for beautiful skin, luxurious hair, strong nails, and a glowing smile. The best part is, the following all-natural recipes are easy and inexpensive to make, too!

Clarifying Face Cleansers

We found two excellent recipes for creating your own clarifying facial cleanser using peppermint oil. Here they are:

Peppermint & Lemon Face Wash                                                                                                                                                    You will need:

  • 8 oz distilled water
  • 1/2 tbsp unscented glycerin soap
  • 5 drops Lemon oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint oil
  • a glass container with hand pump for storage

Shred off enough glycerin soap for however many batches you plan to make. Bring the water to a boil then promptly remove from heat. Add your soap and stir until it’s all dissolved. Let the mixture cool then add your essential oils. Store away from heat and light to preserve the delicate essential oils.

Clarifying Face & Body Wash – for acne prone skin

You will need:

  • 2 oz liquid Castile soap
  • 2 oz olive oil
  • 2 oz vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 tsp Tea Tree oil
  • 5 – 10 drops Peppermint oil
  • 5 – 10 drops Lavender oil
  • a small ceramic bowl or glass measuring cup for mixing
  • a glass container with hand pump for storage

Combine all of the ingredients in your mixing container then transfer to a glass bottle for storage.

Concerns and Potential Interactions

Peppermint oil is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food, and when used topically.  Ingesting peppermint oil may cause side effects for some that include heartburn, flushing, mouth sores, headache. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil. Enteric-coated peppermint oil supplements may cause rapid dissolving leading to heartburn, nausea, and rapid absorption of some medications. Take necessary precautions.