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.

3. Yoga & Meditation

You may know that peppermint oil is famed for clearing congestion and opening up the airways when you have a cold, but what about during yoga or meditation? Breathing techniques are a large part of yogic practise and opening up the sinuses can allow your breath to flow more evenly and deeply, leading to a richer experience. Add a few drops of organic peppermint oil to sweet almond oil or coconut oil and dab a little on your temples before class. Namaste.

4. Easing varicose veins

When looking for relief from itchy bloated varicose veins one word that repeats in my mind is...circulation, circulation, circulation! I cannot emphasis enough how important this is, and organic peppermint essential oil can help. Its’ stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties can reduce discomfort and actually prevent your varicose veins from worsening. To make a varicose vein massage mix simply blend 5 drops of organic peppermint essential oil + 10 drops of cypress essential oil in 2 tbsps of your choice of carrier oil. Be mindful to massage your legs from the ankle towards your heart, avoiding direct pressure on the varicose veins themselves. Keep your legs elevated afterwards and enjoy a cup of tea!

5. When you’ve over done it

Organic peppermint oil has an analgesic effect, or in plain speak, it is numbing and cooling. This makes it ideal for soothing over-worked muscles. Whether you’ve forgotten to take a break to stretch those back muscles whilst weeding in the garden or hiked further than your feet wanted to go, applying organic peppermint oil will take away the aching tiredness you feel and make you feel more like yourself again. I recommend the Organic Peppermint Reviving Foot Cream for tired feet!

6. Sugar free teeth and receding gums

Apparently taking a few sniffs from a bottle of organic peppermint essential oil will temporarily curb your sugar cravings, great for keeping your teeth clean and for staving off unwanted weight! When used in a mouthwash peppermint oil also reduces anaerobic bacteria in your mouth (the type that can lead to periodontal disease and receding gums) and leaves a welcome fresh minty sensation. Make your own super easy minty-fresh gum treatment just by adding a few drops of organic peppermint oil to lukewarm water.

7. Say goodbye to brain fog

Lack of sleep giving you a fuzzy head? Peppermint oil supports mental clarity and focus and can help increase your concentration when undertaking cognitive tasks. Inhaling organic peppermint oil either straight from the bottle or via a few drops on a cloth will increase your alertness and allow your memory to retain more information

8. Stimulate hair growth

As I’ve got older I’ve realised to my horror that my hair is thinning (eek!) so I created an organic hair oil treatment and one of the most effective ingredients for stimulating new hair growth is, you guessed it…peppermint oil! It feels amazing on my scalp. You can read about it on my blog called: When to use a natural oil treatment on your hair.

9. Feeling a bit icky?

Organic peppermint essential oil has been shown to quickly reduce nausea in post-operative patients and those undergoing chemotherapy. Results show that inhaling the essential oil for just two minutes provides a significant improvement in feelings of nausea. It’s also effective when mixed 3% with almond oil and applied just under the nose. Don’t forget that organic peppermint oil is a traditional remedy for motion sickness too – I’ll remember to bring some with me the next time my kids insist I go on a rollercoaster with them.

10. Get rid of spiders!

Ok, strictly speaking it’s not a skincare remedy but if you’re afraid of spiders this harmless repellent will keep you relaxed and your stress levels down! According to The National Library of Medicine mint oil is very effective at keeping these little critters away. Just combine 20 drops of organic peppermint essential oil with ½ cup of white vinegar and 1 and ½ cups of water and spray windowsills and entryways.

I had fun sharing ‘10 ways to use peppermint oil you never knew’ with you. Please let me know if you have a particular way to use peppermint oil. You can find peppermint in the following skincare products on our website:

Organic Peppermint Reviving Foot Cream

Organic Lemongrass & Mint Body Wash

Organic Mighty Mint Lipbalm

Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Click here if you'd like to benefit from organic peppermint essential oil in your skincare routine.

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