As a newbie to the oil world, one of the first oils you may reach for will be Peppermint. I know that’s what I did. Start with something familiar, something you know and have heard of before.

As a plant, peppermint is one of the oldest herbs to have been used by the Greeks and Romans to adorn their tables during banquets, added to bathwater and perfumes and even planted it in the steps leading up to homes to release the fresh and invigorating scent as people visited.

It a minty, fresh oil that can be used to help the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems.  It is reputed to help promote clarity and concentration, energy and for combating stress.

One of the first ways to use Peppermint is in the diffuser.  Peppermint can offer relief of many respiratory conditions by acting as a decongestant and loosening anything in your respiratory system to ease your work of breathing and help you bring it up.

Some of the best diffuser blends.

Unwind and uplift
3 drops frankincense
3 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint

Focus
3 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint

Refreshing
2 drop eucalyptus
2 drop lemon
2 drop peppermint

Seasonal Support (hay fever or sneezing)
3 drops lemon
3 drops lavender
3 drops peppermint

The next step is to try some in a roller blend. Peppermint is what is known as a ‘Hot oil’ and as such does need to be used with caution when using it topically. Blending with a carrier oil to the correct dilution rate will help invigorate the mind and senses. The cool tingling sensation produced on the skin is great for head tension or when you need to focus.

Mix in a 10ml roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil

Happy head roller blend
5 drops peppermint
5 drops rosemary
5 drops frankincense
2 drops copaiba

Apply to the back of the head, neck and temples when feeling stressed.

Seasonal Support
5 drops peppermint
5 drops lavender
5 drops lemon

Rooll onto wrists, temples, chest. Alternatively roll some onto the palm of your hands, cup your hands over your nose and mouth (avoiding you eyes) and take a few deep breaths in. Wash your hands after use and avoid touching any sensitive areas with your hands until washed.

Tummy Support
3 drops ginger
3 drops grapefruit
2 drops peppermint

Apply to tummy circling around belly button

No more snore

4 drops peppermint
4 drops eucalyptus
4 drops marjoram
4 drops lavender

Apply to neck and chest before bed – this could also be used in a diffuser as a blend however I recommend halving the drops of each oil.

There is some controversy about using essential oils internally. I would advise that you do your own research and make informed decisions about using essential oils internally. If you do choose to, please make sure you use high quality oils with no synthetics or artificial constituents.

Health benefits can be attributed to high manganese, vitamin C and A, as well as other trace elements. You can use one drop in a cup of hot water to make peppermint tea with an options teaspoon of honey; one drop in a glass water bottle to use during exercise to help cool you down and invigorate you or if you are feeling particularly decadent, in a smoothie with some cacao nibs! Choc Mint Slice smoothie coming at you!

Two to four drops of Peppermint oil with 1 cup of Epsom salts sounds divine as a soothing bath soak after a long week at work. Friday night foot soak and your current Netflix addiction. You could also add a few drops of lavender to make it even more decadent.

If you struggle with those early mornings, add a few drops to the bottom of your shower for an invigorating wake me up and breathe in the uplifting scent – just don’t breathe too deep with your head under the water or the cough will wake the whole household!

And if you are after a natural pest deterrent to keep you rhouse bug free, a few drops of oil and water sprayed around windows and doors to keep out ants and spiders. Just make sure you are using a glass spray bottle and consider using a splash of witch hazel if you don’t need much.

And there you go, a few starter options to plain old little peppermint!  If you would like to share your favourite ways to use peppermint oil, please leave a comment below below!
Happy oiling!

 

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