Though it may not sound exciting at first glance, peppermint oil is one of our very favorite natural remedies and scents. Exceptionally useful and multi-purpose, this simple and refreshing oil is a one-stop shop for everything from stomach ailments to sexy time.
Thought to have originated in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean, peppermint shows up throughout history with a variety of medicinal, practical, and even somewhat scandalous uses. Ancient Egyptians used peppermint to calm stomach pains and freshen breath. In ancient Greece the philosopher Aristotle thought mint a potent aphrodisiac and warned Alexander the Great not to let his soldiers partake of any mint while on crusade. Monks in the middle ages used mint as a tooth polisher and by the 1700s mint was being used in Europe for everything from sores and venereal disease to colds and headaches. Still as thoroughly multi-purpose and useful (though not recommended for quite the same pool of ailments) peppermint oil is a fantastic tool to battle all manner of indisposition.
Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic and by reducing cramping of the colon and relaxing the muscles of the gut it can help alleviate all kinds of stomach upset including nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, bloating, and flatulence. A drop added to a glass of water is a refreshing way to take this remedy, and if that’s even too much for your ailing tummy, a strong whiff of this essential oil is purported to relieve nausea.
One of the easiest and most effective uses of peppermint is as a simple breath freshener. A little dab on the tongue instantly refreshes, kills bacteria, and perks up the inside of the mouth to quickly chill out burrito breath. If straight on the tongue is too strong for you, a natural mouthwash can be made by adding 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to 1/4 cup of fresh water and gargling with it.
Other Ways to Use Peppermint:
1-2 drops in Organic Sonoran Jojoba Oil is a natural muscle relaxant and can be worked into the skin to soothe tired and stressed muscles and relax the body and mind.
Less than 1 drop directly to erogenous zones can tingle and delight.
1-2 drops added to Organic Sonoran Jojoba Oil or Organic Cold Pressed Argan Oil is an erotic massage oil because the menthol aroma acts to snap our senses awake, helping us to be more aware of arousal and sexual stimulation.
1-2 drops in Organic Sonoran Jojoba Oil or Organic Cold Pressed Argan Oil is a cooling and refreshing after workout or after sun body oil that also helps to repel mosquitos.
1-2 drops in Organic Cold Pressed Prickly Pear Seed Oil can be rubbed into temples during episodes of headache or migraine.
For a refreshing facial toner, combine ¾ cup filtered water, ¼ apple cider vinegar, and 20-50 drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass spray bottle. Lightly mist onto the skin after cleansing and throughout the day, and then store in the refrigerator. The apple cider vinegar is anti-inflammatory while the peppermint acts to cool and refresh the skin.