Essential Oil Spotlight: Peppermint

Did you know the peppermint plant is a natural hybrid of watermint and spearmint? It is believed that peppermint was first cultivated in England in the late 17th century, and the ancient Greeks and Roman valued it for its stomach soothing properties. Peppermint Essential Oil is steam distilled from the whole plant and has a high menthol content. It is a “cool” oil – meaning it can be applied topically to the skin for a refreshing sensation. Read on for five of my favorite ways to use this remarkable oil!

1. To re-energize: Apply 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the center of the palm, rub palms together, cup hands, and inhale, being careful not to get the hands too close to the face and eyes. Take several deep breaths, exhaling slowly.

2. In a smoothie: My favorite: cocoa powder, a banana or two, a cup or so of almond milk, a dash of cinnamon, a teaspoon of agave syrup, and a drop or two of Peppermint EO. SO. DELISH.

3. As a mouth rinse: Add a couple of drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and Lemon Essential Oil (or fresh lemon) to water for a refreshing mouth rinse.

4. Diffuse it: Add 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, 3 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil, and 3 drops of Frankincense to the diffuser for a simple, aromatic mid-day pick-me-up!

5. In a sugar scrub: This Candy Cane Sugar Scrub from the DoTERRA blog is particularly festive, but you don’t have to get all fancy with it. I usually leave out the food coloring and make a double or triple batch. (HINT: This makes an excellent gift!)

These are just a few of the ways I use Peppermint Essential Oil in my daily life (and yes, it’s true…I’m a self-proclaimed essential oils junkie). Please note that not all essential oils are created equally – quality matters, and I only recommend one brand. To learn more about the brand I trust and how you can use essential oils to promote wellness naturally, feel free to contact me!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.