16 Jun Peppermint Essential Oil
Have you jumped on the essential oil wagon? If not, what are you waiting for?! I’m excited to talk about them with you since essential oils are a huge thing in our house for natural remedies. I only support and promote companies that I truly trust, love 110%, and use in my family. So, I’m going to be putting links in the blogs that show you some of the best and affordable essential oils that are out on the market.
This week, I wanted to start off with one of my must-have essential oils…peppermint! We are going to be talking about what peppermint essential oils have be researched to help, how to use it, and where to get it.
What Does Peppermint Essential Oil Do?
From the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, this research study showed that peppermint essential oil comes from a family that is known to be analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, decongestant, expectorant, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, and helps with inflammatory diseases, ulcers and stomach problems. In Phytotherapy Research, peppermint also showed that it held antiviral and antimicrobial properties. This is really great for helping with common colds because it can help your body defeat the virus, along with alleviate the symptoms of congestion. Speaking of viruses, a study that was done in Phytomedicine showed peppermint essential oil could be a therapeutic natural remedy for people with herpes virus type 1 and herpes type 2 because it showed an effectiveness of over 90%. There is a strain of herpes that is resistant to conventional prescribed antiviral medicine, BUT showed a 99% reduction of plaque with the use of peppermint essential oil. It’s also been researched to be an antioxidant and has antitumor actions.
Peppermint essential oil has been studied to help patients that suffer from IBS. In a double-blind and randomized study done by the Journal of Pediatrics, they gave 42 children with IBS a capsule of peppermint essential oil or a placebo. Just after TWO weeks, 75% of those receiving the peppermint oil had a reduction of pain associated with IBS. You guys….THAT’S AMAZING. Nature holds so much healing & science is backing it up.
Side Note: I don’t recommend taking essential oils internally unless under the supervision of a certified aromatherapist & functional medicine doctor.
How To Use It
One of my favorite certified aromatherapists is Lea Harris, founder of learningabouteos.com. It’s important to understand that the use of essential oils is not for everyone at every age. Essential oils are so concentrated and very powerful. Lea recommends that that no children under the age of 6 should be using peppermint essential oil from any routes. That includes diffusing/inhaling, ingestion, or topically (on your skin).
If there aren’t any children under 6 in your house, diffusing peppermint essential oil with a diffuser (click the link – my favorite diffuser!) is great to get the benefits & it makes your house smell amazing too!
If you wanted to use peppermint oil topically, I love diluting peppermint essential oil with coconut oil. For most adults, a 2% dilution is necessary, which is 2 drops per 1 teaspoon. For children (older than 6), you can make more of a dilution with 1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon. I love topically using peppermint oil for sore muscles, stomachaches, headaches, mental focus, reducing fatigue, relieving sinus/congestion, natural high fever reducer, and itch relief.
Favorite Essential Oils
Some of my favorite most affordable essential oils without sacrificing the quality is from Mountain Rose Herbs, Plant Therapy, and Pompeii Organics. I will link each company to their link of peppermint essential oil. Since peppermint oil can help from head to toe, I always have it around the house. It’s one that I won’t run out of. Have you tried peppermint essential oil? What are some of your favorite ways to use it?
Did you love this essential oil blog? More is coming! 🙂