Peppermint is the delicious result of a cross of spearmint and water mint that is often used as a flavor for beverages and foods along with as a perfume for cosmetics and soaps. Peppermint patties, peppermint candies, and peppermint gum are all great for freshening breath while being rather tasty. Did you know that peppermint oil is good for more than just yummy treats?
• Arthritis Relief – some arthritis sufferers find that a recipe of peppermint oil and lavender oil offer a cooling effect on achy joints
• Itchy Skin – using the same recipe above, itchy skin sufferers can find some cooling relief
• Energy – yes, a sniff of peppermint oil can be energizing and pep you up better than any energy drink without the energy crash
• Headaches – peppermint oil can be rubbed on your forehead and temples during a headache to help with tension and pain
• Mouth Care – there is a good reason why peppermint is a popular flavor for mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products as it naturally freshens breath
• Pest Relief – peppermint oil can be used to repel those pesky mosquitos along with ticks, lice, spiders, ants and more without using harmful chemicals
• Sunburn Aftercare – a little peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil can be used to help elevate the pain from sunburn while helping to hydrate the skin
• Acne – peppermint oil has anti-microbial properties, so can help to cure acne naturally
These uses are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the myriad uses of peppermint oil. This essential oil is very versatile in the variety of treatments it can be used for beyond cooking up tasty treats.
As with any type of treatment, medical or homeopathic, there can be side effects. When orally taking peppermint oil, some side effects include heartburn, mouth sores, headaches, and flushing. Peppermint oil can have some interactions with medications, so speak with your doctor or pharmacist about the medicine you take before using peppermint oil. A final note, peppermint oil can impact the way your body takes in iron, so it is helpful to wait three hours between taking peppermint oil and an iron supplement.