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Aug
15

Why You Wouldn’t Want To Be Without Peppermint Oil …

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It was mid morning on a scorching hot day in Cairo, Egypt, and the suspicious gurgling inside of me insisted to demand my attention …

  A hurried visit to the bathroom confirmed my suspicion.

But why?

I had stayed clear of drinking water other than sealed bottles, definitely no local ice creams … so?? … possibly using tap water when brushing my teeth …

So, what now? As I wandered back into the restaurant I asked for a drink, telling the waiter that I wasn’t feeling well.

No problems, he motioned, “You need peppermint tea!”

Minutes later he came back with a piping hot pot of water stuffed with peppermint leaves.

The health benefits of peppermint leaves, peppermint oil as well as peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids. So, no wonder that he did not send me to the nearest pharmacy for me to get some Imodium.

To be fair, the standard beverage in my childhood home in Germany was peppermint tea.

Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses, and its impressively long history often gives it the prestigious title as the world’s oldest medicine.

Peppermint is one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine.

So, how can you benefit from peppermint oil to keep your body smiling?

Let’s have a look.

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Peppermint oil is very helpful for gastrointestinal comfort and supports normal digestion.

People often put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water* and drink it after their meal for its beneficial digestive properties.

Peppermint oil is carminative**. This means, like other familiar culinary herbs such as dill and fennel, peppermint adds taste to foods and beverages, as well as preventing gas, bloating and indigestion.

You may also want to have it at hand for long car, air or sea journeys to keep you free from motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs.

Did you know that peppermint oil also has a stimulating effect to increase blood circulation?

According to studies, when the essential oil vapors touch the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation, which helps to oxygenate the body’s organs and increase metabolism, as well as oxygenate the brain.

As peppermint oil is composed of camphor, menthol, and carvacrol, it also boosts the immune system.

Although traces, peppermint oil also contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

 

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At Young Living we have both, Peppermint for topical uses and the Vitality Line Peppermint for culinary uses and as a supplement, for benefits mentioned above.

…. and let’s not forget the many delicious recipes, such as ice cream, hot chocolate, green smoothies … fruit infusions, cakes, the list goes on and on.

Be careful though. The peppermint oil by Young Living is way more potent and concentrated than any others.

It is a *hot* oil, so, really one drop is plenty. Come to think of it, one drop is about the same strength as 30 cups of peppermint tea (tea bags). So, take it easy, you can always add another drop for XXX-Strength ….

Oh, did I mention hiccups? Next time you have one of those persistent hiccups, put a drop of peppermint oil on your thumb and then press the thumb with the oil on it up into the roof of your mouth for a little while, and see if that makes a difference for you … I know, everyone has different methods, maybe this works for you. (If it is too hot for you, mix it first with a spot of coconut oil).

Research also shows peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

Peppermint is also a very powerful oil to diffuse:

  • Improves concentration and mental sharpness
  • Clears respiratory tract
  • Boosts energy
  • Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.**

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When your day is dragging — through a workout, class, or day at work — enjoy some Peppermint oil benefits by applying it to your head and neck. The refreshing aroma will give you a boost of positivity!

Peppermint is also a great option for diffusing on its own or with compatible scents such as Lavender, Rosemary, Spearmint, or Sage!

Create your own home spa! Add Peppermint and Eucalyptus Radiata to hot bath water and enjoy the relaxing, invigorating scent and aromatic steam.

Peppermint is in the same family as both Lavender and Rosemary. Diffuse the oils of these powerful botanicals together for a fresh aroma that uplifts the spirit.

Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.**

Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
 

Soothing Foot Soak:

1 cup of Epson Salt
15 drops of peppermint oil

Store in a mason jar
 


Natural Bug Repellent

Better than just citronella, peppermint oil is really not enjoyed by mosquitoes, ants spiders, lice, cockroaches, etc.

Just add some drops in a water spray
 
Do you have some tips? If so, please share them with other readers, below. Thank you.

Enjoy experimenting with your Young Living Peppermint Essential Oils,

Warmly,
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* Please only use the essential oils of the Young Living brand to ingest in foods. Many other oils have impurities of lesser quality plant matter, toxins and synthetic ingredients. You definitely do not want all that in your body! For more info on this, CLICK HERE.

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

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