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Like many essential oils, Peppermint Oil has many uses for your health and around your home. Today we will talk about a few ways to try it and make sure to share your tips on the best uses for Peppermint Oil in the comments!
Peppermint Oil is the oil harvested from the peppermint plant. You can buy it already made up (Buy It Here or Here at Mountain Rose Herbs) or if you are into growing herbs, you can easily grow peppermint in your herb garden and harvest the oil for yourself. It’s actually easier than you think! Here’s how to make your own Peppermint Oil.
Harvest the peppermint leaves from your plant in the early morning. This will ensure the greatest amount of extract that you can get from the leaves. Make sure to pick the best leaves you can find. Wash and dry the leaves gently and place in a plastic bag. Take a soft mallet to the bag and carefully use it to tap at the leaves, not to crush them but to help release the oils. After you have a small amount of oil, place it in a glass bottle (like this one) and fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil. (Such as almond oil, grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil.) Place the lid on and shake the bottle, store in a cool dark place for at least 24 hours. Strain the oil through a cheesecloth and place back in the bottle, follow the steps again to extract more oil and add it to your mixture. You can repeat the process as many times as needed to get your oil to the desired strength. (You can find more Uses for Mint here)
Now that we know how to make peppermint oil, let’s learn about all the things we can do with it!
**Note: Like with all essential oils, test first to make sure you are not allergic, do not use on young children, do not use if pregnant, and do not use if you have certain medical conditions. Nothing here is meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent diseases, please ask your doctor for that kind of advice. These are simply tips to give ideas.
Uses for Peppermint Oil Around the Home
◾Keep ants and spiders out of your home by making a barrier of peppermint oil. Put some oil on a cotton ball and wipe around the areas they are entering your home such as doorways or windows. They won’t cross the barrier.
◾Place peppermint oil on cotton balls and leave in strategic areas around your home to deter mice.
◾Peppermint oil mixed with tea tree oil and water can make a great disinfectant for things around your home.
◾Add some peppermint oil to your Homemade Cleaners to give them a fresh scent and to give them antifungal and antibacterial properties.
◾In a spray bottle, mix epsom salts and a few drops of peppermint oil with warm water. Swish around until salts are dissolved. Spray on dogs to help with fleas.
◾A few drops of peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle will help kill aphids on plants.
◾Place peppermint oil on the tip of a cotton swap and put around the head of a tick to remove it from skin.
Uses for Peppermint Oil
Uses for Peppermint Oil for Health and Beauty
◾Help bring down nausea or indigestion. Inhale the scent to help stop nausea instantly. For indigestion, rub peppermint oil mixed with a carrier oil on your abdomen in a circular pattern.
◾Add a few drops to a humidifier to help with colds and congestion.
◾Create a natural chest rub by melting shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in equal amounts with a few drops of peppermint oil to help with congestion.
◾Relieve a headache by mixing peppermint oil with a carrier oil and rubbing on your sinus’ or temples. Help relieve a tension headache by also rubbing on the neck.
◾Add a few drops of peppermint oil into an Olive Oil Candle to help improve alertness and to help relieve stress.
◾Add a few drops of peppermint oil and lavender oil to a carrier oil to relieve itchy bug bites.
◾Add a few drops of peppermint oil into a foot bath with epsom salts to help relax tired, worn feet.
◾Add a few drops into your morning water to help with digestion during the day. (If your body can’t handle this you can buy empty capsules to place the drops in so the oil doesn’t release until it hits your stomach.)
◾To help motion sickness, rub a small amount that has been diluted with a carrier oil onto the insides of your wrists.
◾Create an invigorating bath by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to warm bath water.
◾Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil and place on bumps and bruises to help with pain and bring down the bump.
◾Add a few drops of peppermint oil to Homemade Shampoo to help with dandruff.
◾Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil to help relieve cramps.
◾Inhale the scent of peppermint oil while studying and then before a test to help with brain function and to increase alertness.
◾To help relieve a rash, mix a few drops of peppermint oil with some coconut oil and rub into the effected area.
◾Peppermint oil can help with hot flashes. Just add a few drops to a spray bottle of cold water and spritz on your body as needed.
More Uses for Peppermint Oil
◾Add a few drops of peppermint oil to homemade potpourri to make an invigorating atmosphere in your home.
◾Add a few drops of oil to the bottom of your trash can or on a cotton ball placed in the bottom of your trash can to keep it smelling fresh.
As you can see, there are more uses for Peppermint Oil than we can possibly list here! My personal favorite use for Peppermint Oil is to keep away the spiders.