When it comes to our health and wellness, many people ignore the benefits of essential oils. They may seem simple and unassuming, but just a few drops of the right oil can make a world of difference.
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils. It can help you in a lot of ways, whether it's by helping your digestive system, helping you breathe, and even relieve pain.
Here's how to use peppermint oil for a variety of issues.
Acne is one of those things that we all thought we'd grow out of when we left our teenage years behind, but somehow those pesky little pimples keep coming back.
Luckily, peppermint oil acts as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, so it is perfect for acne. It gives you a cooling sensation as it soothes the inflammation, and then because it is antiseptic it'll help clean everything out.
Just be a little bit careful the first few times you use the oil on your skin, as it can be a skin irritant for some people. If you feel any stinging, burning, or notice redness, wash it off.
Irritable Bowl Syndrome
If you've got a troublesome tummy, peppermint oil may be the solution you've been looking for. Peppermint oil can be a good supplement to helping to ease stomach problems. Whether it's nausea or diarrhea, peppermint oil can reduce the cramping felt by blocking calcium channels.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant bonus help to improve the feeling in the stomach, but as with any medical supplement, you should always consult your doctor first.
Peppermint oil has also been found to help people who are losing their hair. A lot of people lose hair because the follicles are starved for blood flow, and it causes them to fall out. What the peppermint does is opens those follicles back up, allowing blood back to the hair and lets it grow.
You can add a few drops to your shampoo, or create your own soothing treatment by mixing a couple of drops with coconut oil and rubbing it into your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it out.
Peppermint oil is excellent at repelling mosquitoes, which is great for those who don't like the chemical bug repellents.
Mix a few drops of peppermint oil into a carrier oil like grape seed oil to create your own bug spray.
Because peppermint oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it makes sense that you can use it to ease your pain. Make your own massage oil using a carrier oil like coconut oil or grape seed oil with a few drops of peppermint oil and use it as a topical pain reliever.
It's great for headaches, sore backs, and aching joints.