Peppermint essential oil is antispasmodic, mildly analgesic and antiseptic, and although peppermint oil should not be taken internally, peppermint tea and peppermint capsules are safe natural remedies for digestive problems and nausea.
Peppermint is a natural cold remedy. A steam inhalation, made by adding a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water, brings relief from cold symptoms. Peppermint has a strong aroma that clears the nose and eases sinus congestion, and steam inhalations are also soothing for a sore throat.
Peppermint is a home remedy for headaches. Mix one drop of peppermint oil with a teaspoon of sweet almond oil and massage the blend on your temples in circular motions. Make sure you don’t get any oil into your eyes or even too near your eyes. Peppermint oil may irritate sensitive skin so always blend it with carrier oils. A peppermint compress is another option: add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of cold water and soak a small towel in the water. Squeeze out excess water and place the cold compress on your forehead for ten minutes.
Peppermint capsules can alleviate indigestion, bloating, stomach pain and nausea, and they are a great remedy against travel sickness. Peppermint oil should not be taken internally, but peppermint tea aids digestion after a heavy meal and may relieve or prevent diarrhea, gas or other stomach problems.
A foot bath with 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil cools and refreshes tired feet. Peppermint oil has a familiar scent that many people love, and it is often used in foot or hand creams, lip balms and other natural cosmetics.
Peppermint is a very stimulating essential oil, and aromatherapists say that it clears the mind and removes mental fatigue. Diffuse it whenever you feel tired or when your mind needs to wake up. Avoid using it late at night as it may disturb your sleep.
Peppermint essential oil is a home remedy for many simple health complaints, as long as you use it well diluted and never take it internally. Peppermint is a stimulating oil, and it is not recommended that you use it just before sleeping especially if you have trouble falling asleep. It is best to use it in the morning, during daytime or whenever you need to feel awake and alert. Peppermint oil should not be used during pregnancy.