When I met with my DoTerra sales rep for the first time one of the things that she had us do was smell and try some of the oils that she had to sample. Honestly, I was a bit freaked out by the whole idea that oils can cure and they are the new wave of the future for treating illnesses, but I am willing to try things at least once so I went along with the pitch.
As she had promised, the lavender was soothing and it helped to clear up the bags from under my eyes. The orange was refreshing and invigorating, but it was the PEPPERMINT that had me at first sniff! On my first inhalation, my nasal passages opened, my sinuses cleared and a burst of energy filled my nose, mouth and throat. I was hooked. Now, I will admit that I still take OTC’s for my allergies and when I have a bad cold. I still go to the doctor when I am really sick. However, the peppermint essential oils helped aid in the process of clearing and shortening the length of my cold. It helped alleviate the symptoms of my allergies that the OTC’s could not get at and it gave me that little burst of energy to get through the rest of the day when I thought for sure the allergy/cold pills were wearing off.
What is it about peppermint that allows it to have such awesome benefits? One of the biggest properties of peppermint is menthol. It helps promote a clear respiratory tract, nasal congestion, bronchitis, colds and coughs. Another big benefit of peppermint is that it aids in digestion, and alleviates motion sickness. Also peppermint contains iron, magnesium, calcium folate, potassium, and copper. These are minerals that our body needs. It is also a source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamins A & C.
Of course, as always, it is important that you speak with your health care professional or physician before beginning a new regiment with essential oils. These are or can be very potent and could interact with any medications that you are currently on. Therefore it is important to make sure that you speak with your doctor who can make sure that what you are doing is safe and for your own well being.
Ways that you can use peppermint as an essential oil.
1. Diffusion into the air.
2. 1 drop added to your glass of water (can not use plastic the oils will be absorbed by the plastic)
3. Topically: rub on your chest, forehead or stomach depending on what you are trying to alleviate. For example, for chest colds, coughing, congestion, apply to your chest. For motion sickness or digestion apply to the stomach, and for sinus related issues such as allergies apply to the forehead and sinus area.
I personally love the peppermint diffused into the air it is amazing for what it has done for me and my sinuses during this season when cotton wood has been at an all time high. It also was a huge help to me during cold season. I am so grateful that I found this oil.