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7 Simple Peppermint Essential Oil Uses That Can Help You Live A Better Life
When you think of peppermint, you can almost taste a wonderful minty flavor on your tongue, can’t you? Peppermint candies and goodies are obviously delicious treats, but it may surprise you to know that peppermint can treat you to benefits beyond teasing your taste buds. Essential oils produced from the peppermint plant can be used in a number of ways to improve your daily life.
Here are seven of the top uses for peppermint essential oil:
- Keeping Pests at Bay. While we humans may love the scent of peppermint, rodents, ticks, lice, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants and spiders don’t share our affection for the fragrance. You can use a few drops of diluted peppermint oil to keep bugs off of you when you’re enjoying the great outdoors or use it to wipe down counter tops and floors to ward off pests of all kind.
- Helping You Breathe Easier. Peppermint oil has long been used as a natural remedy for chest and nasal congestion caused by illnesses like respiratory infections and colds and by chronic conditions like sinusitis. Try adding a little to your humidifier or creating a chest rub by mixing 30 drops of peppermint oil with 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup beeswax.
- Encouraging Hair Growth. The tingling sensation that peppermint oil treats you to when you apply it to the skin increases circulation. As a result, the oil is often used as a scalp treatment to enliven the hair follicles and support hair growth. As an added benefit, peppermint oil has anti-fungal properties that can reduce the appearance of scalp flakes caused by yeast.
- Fighting Foul Odors. The refreshing scent of peppermint can be used to eliminate unpleasant odors. Try putting a couple of cotton balls soaked in the oil underneath your cat’s litter box, inside of the garbage can or anywhere else from which those stenches emanate.
- Promoting Oral Health. Peppermint is commonly used in mouthwash to freshen breath and neutralize bacteria that contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. You can get the same benefits by adding one or two drops of the oil to your toothpaste before you brush.
- Easing Pain. Many over-the-counter muscle rubs use peppermint oil as a key ingredient to reduce stiffness and soreness by promoting circulation. The rub recipe found in tip Number Two can be used on any place that is aching due to an injury or overexertion.
- Alleviating Nausea. The scent of peppermint oil is used in aromatherapy to calm nausea due to motion sickness, morning sickness due to pregnancy and other causes. You can apply a little of the muscle rub to your belly or add peppermint oil to a diffuser or vaporizer in order to calm your stomach.
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