Peppermint oil might be one of the most versatile essential oils out there, with uses ranging from health and beauty to aromatherapy. Most people enjoy the smell, it can add a cooling, tingly quality to lotions or creams, and food-grade mixtures can even be used in cooking.
Peppermint oil can be used internally or topically for a myriad of minor health issues. Let’s look at a few of them:
In spite of it being an oil, peppermint is a natural astringent, full of vitamin A and a natural source of salicylic acid. It’s kind of a powerhouse for skin. Here are some things it might help with:
In addition to being great for personal care, peppermint oil works well as a green cleaner. Here are a couple of ways it can be used:
It’s not difficult to make a peppermint cleaning solution at home. Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of "A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures" suggests the following peppermint oil solution as an alternative to chemical cleaners to kill germs and eliminate the toxins in the cleaners. Peppermint oil is antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal without being toxic. Here’s the recipe:
Shake well and then use the mixture on hard surfaces. Let it dry naturally to kill the germs as it dries.
Peppermint oil is versatile and can be used around the house or in a first aid kit and it's delicious, too. Many enjoy the light, clean, minty smell while benefiting from the unique properties of peppermint oil. Make sure when purchasing to use food-grade if you're going to eat it, and cosmetic grade oils if you're going to apply it to the skin. For cleaners, the cheapest will do as long as it's genuine essential oil.
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