There are a great many uses for peppermint essential oil. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to smell it, you know it smells like the yummiest of candy canes, and that it perks you up with just one whiff. But there’s more to this amazing oil than just a burst of Christmas memories. I’ll only cover a couple of uses here today, but I’m sure we’ll revisit it again in the future.
I think my favorite use for peppermint essential oil is as a headache or migraine remedy. Peppermint oil has just as much headache-whacking power than 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen!*** That means you get natural headache relief just as potent as popping a couple of 500-milligram Tylenols, but without any long-term side effects or buildup of tolerance levels. And Tylenol doesn’t ease tension and relax your muscles like a good whiff of peppermint does.
To use it is simple: Just blend about 3 – 6 drops of good peppermint essential oil with a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil. (If you’ve just got olive oil in the house, that’ll do it too.) Blend it really well, store it in a little bottle, and apply a drop or two to your temples. I often experience the alleviation of even severe headaches in about a minute or two. I also like to put a drop or two of the oil into my palm, rub my palms together, and inhale the fragrance. It’s a great stress reliever and it opens the breathing passages.
For morning sickness or motion sickness, inhaling drops from your palm works well too. Just using a drop of straight peppermint oil is fine, but make sure to keep it from your eyes because it’s potent. You can also blend a little peppermint oil with lemon oil and ginger oil for a soothing blend to relieve the queasiness as well.
***Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch.