My essential oil kick? Still going strong.
We use our lavender essential oil every single day to treat mosquito bites, which are out. of. control. this year. Narls is allergic to the bites so they swell up like mini tumors, itch incessantly, then become painful. The lavender has worked better on his bites than anything else. AND THERE IS NO CRAZY TOXIC CHEMICALS IN IT. Love, love, love.
This month I'm talking about Peppermint, which is the second oil I purchased. It's kind of a wonder oil- it promotes healthy circulation, is a great digestive, a wonderful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and it helps the respiratory system. It also smells good and makes an ideal air and breath freshener. It's strong though; never apply directly from bottle onto children- always dilute with water or a carrier oil, like coconut oil.
Good morning, sunshine! Peppermint is a natural invigorator, so rub on palms first thing in the morning and inhale deeply. Or drip a couple drops on the bathtub floor before your shower. It may replace your morning coffee. If not, it could be a great addition to coffee- just add a drop or two and maybe a bit of cocoa powder, stir and enjoy.
You could also add a drop or two to your favorite brownie or chocolate cake recipe. Yum. Although if carbs aren't your thing, or you're starving and trying to make it until your next meal, a couple drops of peppermint oil under your tongue will give your mouth that minty fresh "just brushed" sensation which can deter hunger.
Big makeout session on the agenda? Swishing 4 drops of peppermint oil diluted with water with leave that filthy mouth so fresh and so clean.
Inhale deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness, which can be especially helpful on long drives.
Diffuse in the office to help combat mid-day slumps; if that's too strong for coworkers, rub a couple drops on a cotton ball and place around your computer.
Planning on hitting the gym after work? A couple wifts of peppermint essential oil as you're on your way will amp up your energy and motivation levels.
On that same note, if you hit the gym a little too hard and muscles are aching, mix 12 drops for every 1 ounce of coconut oil to make your own quick and all natural deep muscle massage cream.
A few drops of peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil and rubbed into the bottom of tiny feet can reduce a fever in minutes. Or place a few drops on a wet washcloth and apply head to toe to comfort and cool.
One of the best essential oils for aiding congestion is peppermint. Apply 3-4 drops into a humidifier to relieve stuffed up breathing while sleeping. Add 2 drops to warm salt water and gargle as needed to help sore throats and clear sinuses. Mix a drop into warm tea to open breathing passages and soothe the soul. Diffuse throughout your home for added anti-congestion benefits.
Dilute and rub on temples when feeling the effects of a long day or at the unsought of a headache.
Mix 1 cup of coarse white sugar, with 1/2 cup coconut oil, and 15 drops of peppermint oil to make your own invigorating minty fresh peppermint foot scrub. Store in mason jar. Better yet, tie with a festive ribbon and you have a wonderful, natural, easy, and affordable Christmas gifts for your girlfriends.
Repel spiders, ants, and mice by placing cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil in corners of home.