I love using essential oils in my daily life…I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to Essential Oils! I have shared how I use essential oils to build immunity during cold and flu season, how to make your own “Vapo-rub”, and my top ten uses for essential oils. Today I want to share some of the ways I use peppermint essential oil and give you a chance to win your own bottle!
1. To make my own mint toothpaste. To make your own toothpaste simply mix together 5 T. of baking soda, 4 T. coconut oil, and 10 drops peppermint essential oil. You can also add stevia to sweeten your toothpaste. (Recipe found at Wee Waldorf.)
2. To flavor lip balm or other body care treatments. I recently made a basic salve and then added different essential oils to make a variety of salves. I had a little bit of the salve left over, so I poured it into some mini containers and added a couple drops of peppermint essential oil and had myself some peppermint lip balm. I also made this Mint-Eucalyptus Foot Scrub with peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.
3. For digestive difficulties. Dilute several drops with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) and rub on your stomach to help with gas, tummy aches, indigestion, etc. You can also take peppermint internally if you are using a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil.
4. Headaches. Apply a couple drops to neck, temples, and forehead to relieve headache pain. Dilute with a carrier oil for children and for those with sensitive skin.
5. In cooking. Add peppermint essential oil to hot chocolate, coffee or tea, brownies, or any recipe that would taste good with peppermint flavoring. Again, make sure you only use CPTG oils, if you are using them internally.
6. To reduce fever. Dilute and rub on the bottoms of feet to reduce fever, or put 1-2 drops in a capsule to take internally. (Do not give internally to children under six.)
7. For bad breath. Add a drop on the tongue to reduce bad breath.
8. To improve alertness, concentration, and memory recall. Place a drop under the nose or diffuse in a room to increase alertness and improve memory. Or just open the bottle and inhale. This is useful on a long car trip to help you stay awake, or while studying and test taking to improve recall.
9. To cool down. Add several drops to a small spray bottle with distilled water and use as a spray to cool down on a hot day or after working out.
10. To relieve congestion. Inhale or place a drop on the tongue or below the nose to relieve congestion and sinus pressure.
Would you like to win a bottle of peppermint essential oil? To enter, just leave a comment telling me which of these uses you would most like to try. Winner will be chosen Sunday, November 6th at 9pm (PST). This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Shayla!