So, the oils….we use them almost daily. Actually, we do use them daily. And I continue to have the privilege of telling more and more women about the blessings we have found through essential oils. I thought it might be good, as time allows, to share what we’re learning and how we’re using some of our favorite oils.
This month I would like to introduce you to one of my best friends in the oil line up –
Peppermint oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, pain relieving, digestive stimulant, and more. It can be used to treat everything from rheumatism/arthritis to respiratory infections to cold sores, headaches, nausea, and more.
Some of the ways we have used it include:
- Headache relief – apply to the back of the neck or temples
- Gas and bloating – this one may bridge into TMI, but it’s too amazing not to share…..sometimes I have gas (that’s not the amazing part). Sometimes it gets so severe and painful that I cannot get out of bed, cannot even move. And I’m stuck there until the episode, well, passes. Recently I had one of these episodes and was searching for ways oils could help and came across peppermint. I gave it a try and I was floored! Two drops under my tongue and within ten minutes my stomach pain was gone. I was up and moving around and making dinner for my family. This has consistently been the case each time I’ve used it. That instantly made me a fan for life.
- Muscle aches, pains, and tension – as a runner (or quasi-runner presently), I often have muscle soreness or fatigue. Add to that the general pain and discomfort so many of us carry around in our back or neck or shoulders, and I’m regularly looking for some pain relief. Enter the peppermint oil, again. Massaged onto sore, tired muscles, this oil works like Icy Hot, but better.
- Fatigue and mental fog – a couple of weeks ago I was driving to Minnesota with Chandler. We left early and somewhere in Iowa I was already tired. And my shoulders hurt. So I pulled out my Peppermint oil and applied it to my tired shoulders and neck and found that the invigorating aroma also served to clear my head and waken my tired brain.
Peppermint is considered a “hot” oil. Get it too close to your eyes and you will likely feel it. It may even burn a bit on the skin. That said, if applying it directly, you may want to try diluting it first with olive or another vegetable oil. I use it neat with no ill-effects, but that’s not to say it will be beneficial for everyone that way.
As I said, Peppermint has become one of my best friends in my oil drawer. And if I sound excited, it’s because I am. I am still a skeptic through and through on these oils. Every time one alleviates a symptom or solves a problem for the first time, I’m shocked and impressed. These oils really are incredible.
As with all things like this, my words are our experiences. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv. I am someone who uses the oils and has been greatly impacted by their benefits. If you would like more information, I’d be happy to talk to you!
For His Glory ~