13 Ways to Use Peppermint and Peppermint Vitality Oils

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It is Day 9 of my series, 31 Days of Young Living Essential Oils, and if this is your first time visiting, you can catch up on the the other days here.

Peppermint is one of those “staple” oils that many people use, or at the very least, know a little about. As it’s name suggests, Peppermint has a clean, minty, and energizing aroma.

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Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage and an important part of Young Living’s Raindrop Technique®. In addition to Lemon, Peppermint is a favorite for diffusing during homeschool. Peppermint also happens to be Reese’s favorite oil. She is always asking if she can smell it, and loves when I diffuse it in their room.

How our family uses Peppermint:

1. Diffuse it during homeschool to improve concentration. If your kiddos attend private or public school, diffuse it while they eat breakfast and then again when they get home while they do their homework.

2. Mix a drop with a carrier oil like coconut and massage it on temples and forehead to help relieve the occasional headache. {Take extra care when using oils around your eyes because essential oils do not need to get in them!}

3. Massage onto bottom of feet and/or back of neck to aid in cooling the body.

4. Rub several drops on your stomach to help with occasional nausea.

5. Diffuse or inhale for a quick pick-me-up. {And if you diffuse it, your house will smell nice, too!}

6. Rub a drop behind your ears or on your tummy for the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting or dizziness associated with motion.

7. Add 15 drops to shampoo to help with dry scalp.

8. Mix two or three drops with 1 cup of epsom salts and add to a bucket of warm water for an invigorating foot bath.

9. Apply topically to the back of neck for a boost of energy.

Guess what?! This is an older post, and as of 2016, we now have Peppermint essential oil and Peppermint Vitality essential oil! What’s the difference, you ask? It’s the same oil with different labels… one label (regular ole Peppermint) for topical and aromatic use and the other, has a new white label for internal use.

 
Peppermint Vitality essential oil has a bright, cool flavor, with benefits that include gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support, in addition to its great taste. As a dietary supplement, Peppermint Vitality oil can support healthy gut function and digestive efficiency.

How our family uses Peppermint Vitality:

My husband, Shane, is a pastor and has a (healthy) addiction to Peppermint Vitality. I tease him because he has about five or six open bottles, as he tends to misplace them! He likes to put a drop on his tongue before he heads on stage to speak. It’s been especially handy for him when he preaches.

1. Place a drop on the back of your hand and lick it off (or do like Shane does, and just tip back the bottle!) for minty fresh breath.

2. Apply a drop to your thumb and press to the roof of your mouth to help alleviate the occasional headache.

3. To help combat occasional nausea, drop a drop under the tongue or put several drops, plus a carrier oil, into a vegetable capsule. Some people also like to add a drop to their water.

4. Add a drop or two to brownies or make yummy peppermint bark.

A few facts about Peppermint:

  • It is a hybrid of the wintergreen and spearmint plants.
  • Peppermint is native to Europe, and blooms from July to August.
  • The plant grows to about 2 feet tall.
  • The extraction of the peppermint essential oil begins with the leaves and flowering tops of the plant.

Note: Keep your use of Peppermint essential oil to a minimum if you are nursing. It can sometimes hinder milk supply, so use it sparingly until your supply is well-established. Also, use caution when applying to children, as the aroma and feeling is intense. Always use your best judgment.

For more information on essential oils, go here.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m just a mom sharing my experience! As always, do what you feel is best for your family. Image sources: Young Living on Flickr.

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