I’m sure you know about the benefits of peppermint tea for relieving indigestion, no doubt you’ve tried it yourself and know how quick and effective it can be. I’ve often picked a few leaves from my allotment and made a refreshing pot, but there are many other ways this herb can be used. In its essential oil form, peppermint has many uses, and some are quite interesting indeed. To make the essential oil the mint leaves are picked and steam distilled, providing a refreshing cooling oil that is uplifting and revitalising for both mind and body.
The uses for peppermint essential oil are many, but here are 10 you may not have heard about before, all of them of greatly beneficial for you!
10 ways to use peppermint that you never knew!
1. Haemorrhoid relief
It’s an awkward topic to kick off with but many of us, particularly mothers, will experience haemorrhoids or piles at some point in life so let’s not be embarrassed! The menthol in peppermint oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and cooling, perfect for reducing the itchy burning sensation of haemorrhoids. For an easy to apply remedy, try mixing a few drops of organic peppermint oil into melted coconut butter. Allow the mixture to solidify in the fridge and then keep your concoction in the bathroom ready to use!
2. Chocolate chip cookies
Now I’ve really got your attention! You can use your therapeutic grade organic peppermint essential oil in your baking instead of supermarket extracts. Try adding ½ teaspoon to your favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Here’s a popular recipe in my house from the BBC Food Guide.