Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 3

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item #3: Peppermint Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitThe third essential for your natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet is Peppermint Oil (mentha piperita), right there next to your Lavender and  Tea Tree oil. Peppermint is another essential oil that is a foundational item for everyone’s medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Peppermint has a fresh, piercing, minty aroma that acts as a dilator, or “opener”in the body. It opens up the lungs and veins to bring more air into the lungs and more blood to the brain. Peppermint can be used as a mental stimulant, to improve memory, increase efficiency and productivity. It is a great way to fight sleepiness, fatigue, and mental fog.

Peppermint blends well with clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, rosemary

Properties of Peppermint Oil:

Analgesic: pain controlmint plantsanti-inflammatory
antimicrobial
antinauseal
antiseptic
antispasmodic
astringent
antiviral
carminative (prevents formation of gas)
expectorant
digestive
diuretic
febrifugal (fever reducer)
hepatic (liver tonic)
nervine (works on nervous system)
parasiticidal
stimulant
vermifugal (repels vermin)

Uses for Peppermint

Red Striped PeppermintsBad breath: one drop will kill bad breath-Altoids the ‘curiously strong breath mint’ each has 1 drop of peppermint oil!
Bruises: use a drop neat (undiluted) or with a carrier oil on the bruise to reduce swelling, relieve pain, promote healing
Fever: Rub Peppermint oil on back of neck, forehead and bottoms of feet
Headache and migraine:  Mix 1-2 drops peppermint with 1-2 drops lavender in hands. Rub hands together, cup them and place near nose and inhale deeply 5 times. Rub hands on forehead, temples and back of neck at hairline. BE CAREFUL not to get Peppermint in eyes. If it accidentally comes in contact with eyes, apply olive oil to a cloth, and rub on eye. The olive oil will draw out the Peppermint.
Heartburn, acid reflux, flatulence: lick trick with 1-2 drops Peppermint
Indigestion: Do the lick trick, one drop on hand, lick hand to ingest the Peppermint oil
Mental Clarity/Fatigue/Stress – add 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops lemon. Place cloth close to nose and inhale 5 deep breaths.
Muscle aches and pains: Run on sore muscles when blended with lotion or carrier oil, or use neat-Peppermint is very strong-a little goes a long way.
Nausea: place a drop on hand and lick your hand OR place 2 drops on a cloth, place cloth to nose and inhale frequently
Pain relief – For sore muscles or fresh bruises, use 2 drops of peppermint on the skin. This may cause a burning sensation, so if you have sensitive
skin, add 1 drop of peppermint to 1/4 cup of pure lotion, and then apply.
Sinus Congestion -Nasal application: mix 2 drops peppermint and 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus into 10 drops olive oil. Rub mixture into nostrils with
Q-tip. Inhalation: put 2 drops on cloth and inhale 5 deep breaths and put 1 drop on roof of mouth
Sore shoulders/stiff neck: Rub 2-3 drops of Peppermint oil on neck and shoulders. You’ll feel the icy hot sensation. If the sensation is too strong,
dilute with lotion
Sprains and strains: blend with lotion or carrier oil and rub on the affected area for pain relief, reduction of swelling and healing
The oil will feel cold and hot at the same time. If it feels too strong on skin, dilute with more lotion or carrier oil. You will feel the same
“icy hot” feel of some muscle ointments such as ‘ben gay’.

Indications, Treatments and Uses for Peppermint Oil

*Use only organic, therapeutic grade, Mentha piperita. If you use high quality Peppermint Oil, it is safe for internal use.

For an intense treatment for mental clarity or stress:
1. Rub 2 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Lemon into your hands
2. Cup hands and cover nose.
3. Breathe in five, deep breaths. After this inhalation, rub the oils on your hands to the back of your neck, on your shoulders and into the scalp.
You will feel a wonderful sense of clarity and awakeness.
Caution: Please do not get any oils near the eyes. If peppermint is rubbed onto the eyes accidentally, put 1 TBSP of olive oil on a paper towel and
rub peppermint with the olive oil. The olive oil will remove the peppermint oil.

Contraindications

Use Peppermint oil with caution. Use Peppermint in a 5-10% dilution for children under 12. (5-10 drops of peppermint to 100 drops of lotion or
carrier oil). Peppermint can be irritating if used directly on the skin. If you are sensitive, dilute your Peppermint oil before using. Use with
caution in bath water. Use peppermint or any essential oils with caution if you have asthma.

To Recap:

How to use peppermint: Inhale by placing on cloth and smelling deeply for mental clarity and energy Put one drop on the hand and lick it for
heartburn, over eating, hangover and nausea. For pain relief use directly on effected area For headaches, apply 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops
lavender to back of neck For sinus congestion, inhale and put one drop on roof of mouth

Active properties:
Menthol, menthone

Where to get Peppermint Oil and other Essential Oils:

Please use caution when purchasing essential oils. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous producers in the marketplace. Tea Tree Oil is one of the most adulterated, contaminated of essential oils, therefore, it is crucial that you know you are buying high quality, pure essential oils. This is where I get my essential oils:  

I buy my essential oils from Essential Three. I believe in their mission and how they do business. They provide excellent customer service, have loads of information and education on their website, and they aren’t an MLM that’s going to pressure you into joining.   Use the code PENNY10 to get a 10% discount.

Peppermint (Usa) 10 Ml $17.66

PennySue Mueller

Penny Mueller
Email: Penny Mueller
www.pennysuemueller.com 

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