The Many Uses of Peppermint and Peppermint Oil

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There are so many health perks from Peppermint. Peppermint offers way more than a cool blast of flavor in gum or toothpaste! Read on for over a dozen uses!

Mice and Peppermint OilThe critters are gearing up for this upcoming, Autumn season – its time to think about keeping the mice out of the house and car! For many years, we have used PEPPERMINT OIL very successfully to deter these little guys – a cotton ball saturated with peppermint oil and place strategically where they may come in or in your engine to deter them from nesting. You can also put some in a spray bottle (dilute with water) and spray along the edges of your home.

Upset Stomach and Indigestion
If you have an upset stomach due to illness or indigestion, drinking a small cup of peppermint tea or warm water containing a few drops of peppermint essential oil will help ease discomfort.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Peppermint oil safely helps alleviate symptoms of IBS. Research has shown that it’s effective in children and adults like, with one study showing a 50% reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 % of test patients

Hay Fever
The smell of peppermint can help clear a stuffy nose associated with hay fever. Extracts from peppermint leaves (think tea) are also thought to inhibit the release of histamine, the major cause of inflammatory allergy symptoms.

Drowsiness
The aroma of peppermint has been shown to increase alertness and enhance memory, so keep a small bottle of essential oil handy for long drives or late days at the office.

Dental Cavities and Bad Breath
Peppermint oil has been proven to work better than the mouthwash chemical chlorohexidine in inhibiting the formation of dental cavities.

Make your own minty mouthwash with natural ingredients….

Peppermint Herbal Mouthwash 

  • 1/2 c. aloe vera juice
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 tsp witch hazel
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine the aloe vera juice, water, and witch hazel in a bottle. Gently add in the baking soda, being careful that a reaction doesn’t overflow. Add in your drops of peppermint essential oil, cover, and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark  area for up to 2 weeks.


 More Uses for Peppermint Oil.

Now Foods PeppermintRespiratory Discomfort
Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant. Dilute a few drops in olive or coconut oil to use as a topical chest rub, or add to a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cold symptoms

Headaches
Peppermint oil can relieve the pain of a tension headache. Dab a few drops on your wrist or a cloth, then inhale the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.

Stress
Cooling and energizing, peppermint oil is a superb stress reliever. Add a few drops to your bath or an oil burner and bask in an instant mood lift. We have an amazing aroma therapy machine available here in the store.

Dandruff
Peppermint oil’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it an excellent addition to shampoo or conditioner. As you work up a lather, the oil will help cool your scalp and remove dandruff.

Muscle Pain
Try massaging peppermint oil directly onto sore muscles to help relieve spasms and pain

Our Now Foods brand of pure peppermint oil in the 4 oz and 16 oz size are 20% off thru the end of September – supplies are limited! Stop in today or call us to reserve yours at 860 844-8608.

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