Did you know that the ancient Romans and Greeks used peppermint oil?  Natural remedies such as peppermint oil have been used effectively much longer than any medication has been in existence.

Peppermint oil is rich in the following vitamins and minerals: (source)

  • Alpha-carotene
  • B vitamins
  • Beta-carotene
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Today is peppermint is sold online and in numerous stores.  When purchasing it, you need to be cautious that you are not purchasing mainly water or rubbing alcohol.

My husband and I enjoy using peppermint every day!  Here is just a sampling of what peppermint oil can do for you and your family.

1.  Mosquito Repellent

My husband and I were walking by a lake a few years ago when we were viciously attacked by mosquitoes.  Remembering that peppermint oil helps scare them away, my husband quickly asked if I had any with me.  Thankfully, I had Soothe with me (an essential oil blend that contains peppermint), and we put it on constantly to get rid of the pesky mosquitoes!

2.  Headache soother

Is your headache hindering you from your responsibilities?  Dilute two drops of peppermint oil with carrier oil and rub it onto your temples for a cooling effect.

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3.  Pest repellent

In a former residence, the ants were invading our kitchen.  After carefully examining where they were, my husband realized that they were entering through a hole in the wall.  He purchased ant traps from a local grocery store, but they worked only for a day or two.

Then, I placed 5 drops of peppermint oil in a line where the ants were.  Within fifteen minutes they were gone, and they stayed a way for at least a week.

4.  Digestive aid

Is your stomach upset over something you ate or drank?  Dilute a drop or two of peppermint oil with carrier oil such as olive oil or jojoba oiland rub it on your stomach.

5.  Natural energizer

Tired from a long week?  Diffuse some peppermint oil in your office to give you a natural boost of energy and make your office smell fabulous!

6.  Natural disinfectant

In most cases, you do not need bleach.  Add ten drops of peppermint oil to an all purpose cleaner.  It will naturally disinfect without harming your respiratory system or causing you to breath harsh chemicals.  As a bonus, it will keep the ants and spiders away!

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7.  Soothing for Achy Joints

When my husband first began working in the transportation industry, he experienced severe joint pain.  Since he has begun applying peppermint oil diluted with carrier oil in the morning, and his joints very rarely hurt now.

8.  Soothing for sinus issues and allergies

Whether you have a cold or are suffering from allergies, diffusing peppermint oil can soothe your sinus issues.

You can also add two drops of peppermint oil to hot water and inhale it for quick relief.

9.  Soothing skin issues

If you are having trouble with your skin, add a drop of peppermint oil to your moisturizer to soothe your skin.

This is the only peppermint oil we use in our home.  

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