Friday, May 27, 2011

Peppermint Essential Oil

I have been experimenting lately in the wonderful world of essential oils.  Essential oils have been used since Biblical times and God has created some wonderful health benefits from the plants around us.  As someone who has experienced headaches most of my life, I have consumed way beyond my limit of Tylenol!  Finding out that too much Tylenol can cause liver damage has made me seek other alternatives for the common headache.  So, you can imagine how overjoyed I was to find that Peppermint Essential Oil provides headache relief.  The one caveat to this is that it MUST be therapeutic grade essential oil.  And believe me, not all those that carry that name actually are therapeutic grade.  When I get a headache now I reach for my peppermint bottle.  I take a drop and put it on my finger and place that on both my temples.  Then I take another drop, place in on my fingers and put it on both sides of the back of my neck, just under the hairline.  The way to know if it is therapeutic or not is if it starts feeling cool on your skin within a minute or two.  If you have ever used anything menthol, that is the type of coolness that peppermint should have.  Now, I am not a doctor so I am not prescribing medicine, just sharing with you what has worked for me.  Remember one drop of essential oil is about the equivalent of 30 cups of the same kind of tea.  One drop is very powerful.  It is always good to test out the essential oil on your arm first just to make sure you are not allergic to it in anyway.  I would not prescribe this for young children just because of the potency.  Peppermint is also excellent for upset stomach.  Just one drop diluted in water when my stomach is upset and within 5 to 10 minutes the stomach ache is gone.  It truly is amazing.  But, then again, when we remember the One who created peppermint in the first place….why should this be surprising?  Peppermint is also great for clearing your sinuses.  Rubbing a few drops on your palms and then placing them over your nose and breathing in helps you to breathe more freely when you find yourself a little cloggy.  So, give peppermint a try…I don't think you will be disappointed.  And remember to that the Lord for all the wonderful things He has created to make our lives so much better.  


Chelle said...

I didn't have any oils but when my son was coughing the other night i did fix him some peppermint tea and he settled down. I grow my own peppermint. I love that stuff. I sell Natures sunshine and they sell peppermint oil so I might order me some just to have on hand. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

I'm sorry to hear about your headaches :( LOVE peppermint essential oil!! I put a fewq drops on washcloths in the dryer to make the laundry smell nice, put a little on ceramic burners around the of my favorite scents. I picture the red and white striped Christmas peppermints when I smell it :) We also drink a lot of peppermint tea and use (unused) tea bags in our drawers to keep them smelling fresh.

Ma said...

I love essential oils. I'm trying to build a "kit" of my own. Peppermint is great. My dd broke a 2 oz bottle of this in our kitchen a few weeks back.

Talk about pepperminty!

Joy Liz said...

Thanks for taking the time to learn about things like this for us. I appreciate it very much. You're such a wonderful woman and I adore you. May GOD bless you today. I'm Praying for you!
Your joy liz

His bondservant said...

I look forward to the day when we stay somewhere long enough for me to have my own huge herb garden! How wonderful to be able to pick it for yourself!

Great idea. I have heard about the idea of putting it in the dryer…just haven't done that yet. Love the idea of putting on the burners though. We have a diffuser for the oils which does the same thing.

I can just imagine how that smelled. At least it was one of the better smelling oils and not something like Neem oil! I bet your family breathed clearly for a while after that.

joy liz,
You make learning all these things worthwhile! You are a true blessing to me and I love you!

Sarah said...

Great tips Jackie!

I used to run a little home business a few years ago; I would blend massage oils and make lip balms and skin creams with beeswax and essential oils.

Thank you for sharing your tips!

His bondservant said...

That sounds wonderful. It is so much better to know how to do those things yourself…you save money and you also know all the ingredients that you are using. I really enjoy being able to figure out those things on my own. Blessings, Jackie

Camille said...

Thank you for these ideas Jackie! Yaaay for something natural to help with headaches! I usually just go to bed and don't take anything...I'll have to give this a try next time. :)

Have a great day!
In HIS Love,

His bondservant said...

Please do give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I didn't know it was good for headaches. That is fantastic. Glad you are finding some natural relief!