Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort. This essential oil has been widely studied for its potential health benefits. Peppermint is a hybrid of the watermint and spearmint plants and is native to the Middle East and Europe. Growing to approximately 2 feet tall, peppermint plants bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny, purple flowers. One of my favorites, I put a drop in a water bottle daily. It tastes amazing. Do you know Young Living essential oils are so concentrated, a drop of peppermint can yield up to twenty or more cups of tea?! My kids love this one in chocolate. A little honey, cocoa powder, coconut and a pot. Melt it all down and add a drop or two. Pour into your favorite candy mold tray and harden for half an hour in the fridge.
Christmas is right around the corner. Use this one with egg whites to make peppermint meringue cookies. The possibilities are endless.
- Placing a drop of peppermint under my tongue or drinking it in my water before a work out helps me to perform my best, and exercise longer and harder.
- When I’ve had too much to eat, rubbing peppermint over my abdomen, ingesting it in a capsule, or drinking it in my water supports my digestive tract, helps relieve occasional heartburn, and keeps me feeling great.
- Inhaling peppermint supports proper nasal function and keeps me breathing freely.
- When on a long car trip, inhaling peppermint helps me relieve or alleviate nausea or vomiting associated with motion.
- When I feel I need a little freshening up of my breath, I like to place a drop of peppermint on my tongue. Mmmmm… Refreshing!
- Diffusing peppermint in the morning helps me to feel full of energy and get my day going right.
-When the holidays arrive, I like to anoint my wrist with peppermint. The aroma acts as an appetite suppressant and I am able to still fit in my clothing with the turn of the new year.
- Our kids ask me to diffuse peppermint during school or put it in thier diffuser necklaces, to help keep their minds clear.