7 Uses for Peppermint Oil

I love Peppermint oil, especially for an upset stomach! My son had a great experience using peppermint oil for nausea and vomiting. Ok, ok, I’ll share the story; It was a wintery day in December, everyone was getting ready for the Christmas show at the community theater. Did I say it was two Christmas shows , on a Saturday, and a lead role in the play? Unfortunately, he woke up ill and I mean ill as in sitting in the bathroom all morning ill. I had him rub some peppermint oil on his stomach and slowly he quit getting sick. He still didn’t feel himself, but was able to function. He made it through the first show, we rubbed some more peppermint oil on his stomach, he laid down for an hour and then ate some food. Who eats food when they are feeling that bad? I know I don’t. By the start of the second show in the afternoon he was back to himself. Man, that’s a tough kid right there. I would have been laying in bed for two more days.

So, back to the original purpose of this post. I am going to share 7 uses for Peppermint Oil. There are many more, but I’m going to touch on just a few for now.


So, what is exactly is Peppermint Oil?

Peppermint oil is derived from the Peppermint plant and is steam distilled from the leaves, stems, and flower bulbs. For many centuries it has been used to aid in upset stomachs, gas, headaches, heartburn, and to freshen the breath.

Fever Reducer
Due to the cooling properties of peppermint, it helps to reduce fevers. Use two drops of Peppermint Oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and run on the temples and forehead.

Fights Bad Breath
A large majority of toothpaste has peppermint in it, just some toothpastes have a lot of other ingredients as well. I prefer to make my own by mixing Baking Soda, fine Sea Salt, and Peppermint Essential Oil. You can find out how to make it under the DIY section.

Relieve an Upset Stomach and Nausea
I shared our story above, but I can’t speak anymore highly of how it helped my son. Although there are a number of different ways that Peppermint Oil can be used for an upset stomach, I’m only going to share the two that I mostly use: one is inhalation, and the other is rubbing it on the belly.
Inhalation: You can put a couple drops of oil in your hand ( Be sure to mix a teaspoon of carrier oil with it). Next, hold your hands cupped around your nose and breathe in. You can also diffuse Peppermint Oil.
Rub the oil around your belly button: Be sure to mix the essential oil with a carrier oil and rub on the belly in a circular motion around the belly button.

Fights Hunger and Curbs Cravings
Inhalation: For appetite control you can use the inhalation method. Use a couple drops of oil mixed with a teaspoon of a carrier oil in the palm of your hands. Cup around your nose and inhale. You can also put the oil in a room diffuser.

Stops Itching from Bug Bites
I have never used Peppermint Oil for other types of itch, but I have read that it works on eczema, rashes, and poison ivy. I have used it on bug bites and it does ok. Dilute 2 drops Peppermint Oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub it directly onto the bug bite to help alleviate the itch.


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