There is something about peppermint I have always loved. The taste, the smell, the reminiscing of Christmas time and peppermint lattes bring me comfort and excitement. There are many ways to enjoy peppermint and peppermint oil and there are so many amazing health benefits that make it worth it to be a staple in your home.
Peppermint oil naturally contains menthol, menthone limonene and rosmarinic acid all of which are properties that provide natural health benefits. It’s no wonder peppermint has been used for health and healing since ancient times. I love diffusing peppermint oil in an aromatherapy diffuser, smelling the aroma directly from the bottle and making peppermint tea to drink, to name a few.
Being antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, peppermint is one of my top favorite and must-have oils.
Here are some amazing health benefits of peppermint oil:
Peppermint has been used for supporting the digestive system in many cultures for thousands of years. Whether you have indigestion, stomach pains or vomiting, peppermint can help calm the stomach. Whenever my kids are constipated, I rub some peppermint oil mixed with carrier oil over their stomachs to get their digestive system back on track. I have also had great success with peppermint oil for the stomach flu.
Diffusing or smelling the aroma peppermint oil can help uplift your spirit and give you natural energy. I have had chronic fatigue issues and have found peppermint oil to be one of the best ways to provide me with energy to get me through the day.
Seasonal Allergy Relief
Peppermint is commonly used to manage seasonal allergies. I like using a combination of peppermint, lavender and lemon in my diffuser whenever my allergies are bad. I also like to dab a small amount of peppermint oil inside each nostril whenever I am out and about or unable to diffuse it.
Upper Respiratory Support
Whether you are suffering from allergy symptoms, experiencing clogged sinuses or symptoms of other respiratory viruses, peppermint oil has naturally occurring menthol which helps unclog your nasal passages and relieve congestion. I love using peppermint oil with some epsom salts in my bath water or sipping on peppermint tea when I am in need of some upper respiratory support.
For Pain Management
Peppermint oil is one of my favorites to use when I have a migraine, head tensions or even body aches. I dab peppermint oil on my temples when I get a headache and I love combining it with a carrier oil to massage onto sore muscles. You also can’t go wrong with that epsom salt and peppermint oil bath!