Peppermint Essential Oil for headaches:
Headaches are painful and distracting and can be accompanied by feelings of nausea and brain fog. It is hard to concentrate when we have a bad headache. Peppermint oil can provide quick relief. Apply one or two drops neat to the base of the skull or back of the neck. The oil should provide a rapid analgesic action to sore muscles and the aroma will assist with any feelings of nausea or mental fatigue. Peppermint may also be applied via a cold compress either across the forehead or the back of the neck and changed as the compress warms up.
Peppermint Essential Oil for light-headedness:
The scent of Peppermint is very stimulating and energising. These properties can be useful to temporarily relieve light-headedness or dizziness. Simply inhale straight from the bottle or apply one drop to your collar. Light-headedness can occur for many reasons such as high stress levels, heat or dehydration. Consult a primary health care provider if these symptoms are persistent.
Peppermint Essential Oil for muscle pain:
When applied to the skin, Peppermint initially causes sensations of cooling, probably due to menthol occurring naturally in the essential oil. Peppermint is thought to cause blood vessels to expand which after some time may explain the eventual heating nature of the oil. Either way Peppermint essential oil is an excellent choice for the treatment of muscular aches and pains. For the short term treatment of a small area one to two drops of Peppermint can be applied neat to the area. For longer term treatment, Peppermint can be added to a massage blend either on its own or with essential oils like Eucalyptus, Kunzea, Lavender and Clove Bud.
Peppermint Essential Oil for body systems
One of the most powerful and well researched therapeutic benefits of Peppermint is its action on the digestive system. In fact, many pharmacy grade treatments for IBS contain Peppermint. Peppermint has analgesic, antispasmodic and toning properties that are valuable for the digestive system health. Peppermint is reported to support organs involved in the digestive process such as the stomach, gall bladder and liver. Peppermint also decreases intestinal spasming that can cause stomach pain, abdominal cramping, trapped wind and nausea. Gentle massage, inhalation or cold/ hot compress applied to the abdomen or lower back can relieve digestive symptoms.
Peppermint essential oil is a wonderful remedy to ease symptoms of colds and other respiratory complaints. Peppermint has expectorant, analgesic and antiseptic properties and may help ease the symptoms of fever. Expectorants are used to help thin and expel excess mucus such as with thick phlegm and blocked sinuses. Antiseptics may help fight the germs causing the respiratory infection and analgesics can help ease sore, aching muscles during an illness. Peppermint can be diffused in the ‘sick room’ during the day but should be discontinued at night to encourage rest. A massage blend with Peppermint can be applied to the chest, neck and shoulders to help ease muscle pain and headaches caused by frequent coughing and being generally run down with respiratory complaints.
The powerful aroma of Peppermint cuts through fatigue and mind fog like a knife. Peppermint helps push us across the finish line when we are exhausted. The stimulating aroma can help a driver to maintain focus on their way home after a tiring day at work or during a long car trip. Peppermint can be diffused in the study room to help a student stay alert and productive before a looming deadline or trying to cram before an exam. Mental clarity can be enhanced with Peppermint essential oil particularly when long term stress or many pressing issues are causing fatigue and indecisiveness. As we know, there is only so long that we can push ourselves beyond our reserves, so we need to make time for proper rest also. Peppermint can simply be inhaled straight from the bottle or used in a car or home diffuser to help us maintain focus, clarity and mental endurance.
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