Monday, February 17, 2014

Oil review :: Peppermint

  I have decided that I would make a few blog posts on some of my favorite Young Living Essential Oils. Please be aware that these are all my own personal testimonies and I'm sure there are 1000+ more uses for each oil then I have tried so far. My love for these oils have exploded and I just want everyone to recognize how great they are!

  My favorite uses for peppermint are :
  1. Headaches - I get tension headaches often. A few times a week at least. They usually start behind my eyes and wrap around the back of my neck at the bottom of my skull. They typically come on mid-afternoon. Maybe its because that's when my coffee has wore off??? I don't know but they are VERY annoying. And sometimes debilitating, especially when I'm trying to edit photos or do some school work on the computer. For headaches I will apply some oil behind my ears, neck, and on my temples. When I say instant relief I'm not lying. The cool-tingly sensation kicks in right away and helps ease my headache away. Often I will also inhale the scent directly from the bottle to help.\
  2. Energy - I use this one mixed with lemon for my boost of energy in the morning. I wake up everyday at 4 or 5 am. This gives me quiet alone time to edit or do school work/study. I also put it in the diffuser when I'm cleaning or walking on the treadmill for an extra boost.
  3. Pain - I had no idea peppermint had pain relief uses besides with headaches. Until I found a recipe for pain cream that called for Valor, Panaway, and of course....Peppermint. The peppermint really helps with the instant coolness to help ease pain away. I use it on achy feet, achy neck etc. 
  4. Massage - Every time I give, or ask for a massage, I mix peppermint with whatever I'm using. It has some serious soothing capabilities!
  5. Cooking - I made peppermint cookies around the holidays that were delish! 
Here is some information on Young Living Peppermint oils, straight from Young Living's website :

 "Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter."

Other uses for Peppermint that I have heard of:
  • nausea
  • fever
  • turning a breech baby
  • heartburn
  • cold sores
  • depression
  • weight loss
  • motion sickness
  • congestion
  • inflammation

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