Thursday, October 16, 2014

everyday oils || peppermint


Peppermint is an oil that I definitely use on a daily basis.  I have 2 bottles at home...one upstairs, one down...and one I carry in my purse.  I recently read that it may help with acid reflux, which is one lovely daily experience I've had during this pregnancy.  Since it may also help with relieving tension related aches and pains, I also use it for headaches.  This is another oil that Claire requests.  On days that she hasn't had enough water to drink, she asks for a drop of peppermint on her forehead when she has a headache.  Plus, it smells delish, so we love to diffuse it as well.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.  Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water.

Product Tips:
  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
  • Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  • Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
  • Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
  • Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
You can purchase a Premium Starter Kithere.  If you have any questions, drop me an email!  I've been using EO's since January, and they've made such a difference in how my family and I view our health.  I'm still experimenting everyday with how they best work for us, but they have so many advantages, they are definitely worth the investment.

Disclaimer:  My words are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or health ailment.  Please do your research and make informed decisions when it comes to you and your family’s health.  I am not a doctor and am only sharing what has worked with my family.  Results may differ for each person.  Thank you!

25 comments:

Meagan said...

Peppermint was the most requested oil on my girls trip... and it worked for everyone that used it! Headaches and stomachaches :)

Fawn Rosenbohm said...

I use it for headaches all the time. love it.

Amy @ Set Free said...

That's awesome! Get those girls signed up!! ;)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Me too...definitely use it almost daily!

Melissa Camacho said...

I love your EO series! :D mostly because I love oils and it's so awesome to find someone else that loves them as much as I do. haha

Amy @ Set Free said...

Ah, thanks girl! I love writing about them! Hoping you can get some soon. :)

Susannah said...

This is GREAT! I really need to get the starter kit!

Amy @ Set Free said...

The starter kit is the PERFECT place to start. It comes with the best variety of oils you'd use a lot and a diffuser. For $150 you get a great deal, too...let me know if you're interested! :)

Daisy @ Simplicity Relished said...

This is so true. Peppermint has definitely eased my stomach and my anxiety :) Thanks for the reminder Amy!!

Brenda said...

Wow. I never knew that peppermint oil could be used in so many ways. I'm looking forward to buying some now!

Alexandra said...

I ADORE peppermint oil. I definitely use it on my wrist and neck (but not in super sensitive areas) when I'm nauseated. The smell calms my stomach pretty well.

neivelouise said...

This is so interesting!! I love peppermint oil but I did not know it had al these wonderful uses! Pinning :)

Olivia Shaw said...

I love how many ways you can use this oil! I love using natural products, and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Olivia (www.vickiandlivi.com)

Amy @ Set Free said...

That's great to hear! I hadn't heard of it used for anxiety, but it totally makes sense!

Amy @ Set Free said...

It really is an amazing oil! A great one to have on hand, as it has such diverse uses!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes! I've put drops directly onto my belly before....makes it tingly, but it also provides such great and quick relief!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I'm so glad! It really is an amazing oil! I love it!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thanks Olivia! Have you used peppermint before? I love natural products as well, can tell such a difference in using them versus OTC.

Olivia Shaw said...

I haven't used peppermint before, but I look forward to trying these uses for it! :)

Alexandra said...

I tend to use it in my bath water, too. It makes your body feel almost cold, but it's DEFINITELY worth it. :)

Brittney Embree said...

I love using peppermint! I use it a lot for my panic attacks by rubbing it on the back on my neck. I also have used it for heartburn!

stephanie said...

oh man the more and more i read about essential oils the more i'm like… this is one bandwagon i HAVE to jump on, as a person who never takes medicine. thanks for all of the helpful tips on how to use peppermint oil! with the weather changing and the colds coming, i might have to start with this one.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes! Definitely give it a try...it's one of my all time faves!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh yes...heartburn...I use it for that all the time! I've never heard of using it for panic attacks, but that is so good to know!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Haha...yes, it's a great bandwagon to be part of! One of my favorite things about oils is that they're completely natural and can't hurt you if you don't use it properly. We never take meds either, but since using oils, my 6 year old asks for them all the time. Let me now if you have any questions. My monthly order processes on the 1st and I'd be happy to share my 24% discount with you! :)