Being a green witch, I studied a lot to find the best natural resources to take care of my body and soul, with the help of Mother Nature. Today, we’ll find out what peppermint essential oil is used for.
Over the centuries, many healing witches have used essential oils and herbs to help people deal with medical issues, in an alternative way. The result? These healers were banished from society and often even sentenced to death because they saw medicine outside the traditional scientific lines of that time, and because they were considered to be the Devil’s followers.
The truth is that the simple fact of using essential oils for massage, stress relief, and so on, would make all of us witches consider how the past was so restrictive and scared of a different kind of approach.
Today, I want to dive into one of my favorite essential oils, to learn all we must know about it, and all its incredible properties to use it to stay healthier and have a happier body and soul. Let’s dive in.
- What is peppermint?
- What is peppermint essential oil used for?
- Practical usages
- Where can I buy peppermint essential oil?
What is peppermint?
Peppermint is a perennial herbaceous aromatic plant, belonging to the Labiate family, that prefers territories in temperate climates and is completely absent in tropical areas. Specifically, it is a hybrid resulting from the cross between two different varieties, aquatic mint, and strong mint.
What is peppermint essential oil used for?
Peppermint essential oil is used for better mental and physical health, but also, to create amazing balms and lotions, because of its incredible soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Better breathing with peppermint essential oils
The essential oil obtained from peppermint can be inhaled, to bring benefits to the bronchi and nose or massaged to relieve ailments such as diarrhea, colitis, bad digestion, rheumatic pain, and menstrual pain, but always in the company of another carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil. If applied undiluted, it can possibly irritate the skin.
When using it, pay attention to the eyes, and never exceed the recommended doses, which are unsuitable for children under 12 years old. Therefore, a mint-based essential oil is diluted in pharmaceutical and beauty products such as shampoo and toothpaste, so it disinfects, invigorates, and deodorizes in complete safety.
For stress relief
Not many know that this product also mitigates the effects of motion sickness (car and seasickness for example), as it is a powerful anti-emetic. You can pour a few drops of peppermint essence on a handkerchief and inhale deeply, to feel immediately better.
The strong smell of peppermint helps concentration, tones the body and mind, and helps to remove fatigue, stress, and nervousness. The best way to enjoy these properties of mint essence is to spread it in rooms as needed, but it is also possible to use it diluted in vegetable oil to make a relaxing massage lotion.
For problems with anxiety and insomnia, it is better to pour a few drops of this essential oil into dehumidifiers, on radiators, on a pillow, or in an essential oil diffuser. Easy, right?
This essential oil exerts a refreshing and relaxing action on the psyche, for this reason, it can also be used to make homemade soaps, candles, home air fresheners, and detergents for the disinfection of surfaces.
Did you know that the essential oil obtained from mint leaves is also an antipyretic with a toning power? In practice, it eliminates psychophysical fatigue, but also flu symptoms, including fever.
Increase energy and concentration
To improve concentration, use a diffuser of essences, in which you insert a drop of mint essential oil for every square foot of the environment. Breathing the mint aroma is perfect when studying, at work or at home, and it also helps to purify the air of germs and bacteria.
To combat headaches, dilute a couple of drops of peppermint oil using a teaspoon of vegetable oil and lightly massage it on both temples and the neck when the migraine or neuralgia appears. You can repeat this a few times a day.
For those who suffer from migraines, you can use a mixture consisting of 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of mint essential oil, and 50 ml of vegetable oil.
Use the mixture to wet your fingers and to rub your forehead, temples, and neck, with slow and circular movements.
Sinusitis and stuffy nose
To clear the respiratory tract, using the mint essence, is useful when you have difficulty breathing. If you are away from home, you can put two drops on a tissue and breathe in, whenever you want to clear your nose. Alternatively, you can do fumigation by pouring 4-5 drops of essential oil into boiling water and then breathing it in by covering the head with a towel and closing your eyes.
Muscle, joint or rheumatic pains
In this case, mint oil can be spread on painful areas, due to a massage using a vegetable base in which the drops of essential oil would be diluted (20 drops per 100 ml of almond oil, jojoba, or others).
For nausea, use 1-2 drops of mint essential oil, diluted in a teaspoon of sweet almond oil, and lightly massage it onto the abdomen. Alternatively, breathe it in as needed directly from the bottle or by first pouring 2 drops on a cloth handkerchief to take with you. I used it while pregnant to help with morning sickness.
I would rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil on my wrists and under my nose and my morning sickness was so much better. I personally highly recommend this.
Witchy balm for your beauty
Peppermint essential oil can be an effective anti-wrinkle lotion, but in addition to mitigating the signs of aging, it also soothes irritated skin, nourishes dry skin, and balances mixed and oily skin. This essential oil is an anti-aging product made available by Mother Nature.
Try using it to create a purifying and perfumed mask, that will give you more compact, luminous, and elastic skin:
- 3 tablespoons of green clay
- 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
Put the clay in a container (Do not use a metal container) and mix with a spoon (not a metal one), the oatmeal to which you will add the peppermint essential oil.
If the mixture is difficult to emulsify, add two tablespoons of water. Finally, spread the mixture on the face and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. While waiting whisper softly,
“May my skin look young, fresh and beautiful”
Once dry, rinse it off.
The typical tingling of mint has a stimulating effect on the fabrics. Therefore, the mint essential oil can also be added to a homemade balm, to combat cellulite but also help with pain and swelling in the legs due to poor circulation.
If you use coconut oil as a base, it will be solid at room temperature, so, let it warm up in the sun for the time necessary to make it a fluid, so that you can then add, 15 drops of peppermint essential oil and 15 drops of rosemary essential oil, mixing well.
Finally, return the butter to its solid consistency. Now apply it with a circular massaging motion that goes from the bottom to the top, this will also help promote muscle tone.
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Witchy potion for your hair
If applied to the skin together with a sulfate-free shampoo, it can lighten and refresh the roots of the hair, purifying them from excess sebum. It is also effective on irritated, itchy and dry scalp. It stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss, 10 drops of essential oil of this oil are enough to emulsify to 2 tablespoons of shampoo.
Alternatively, you can self-massage the scalp with a mixture based on:
- 15 ml of avocado oil (or olive oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil or almond oil)
- 6 drops of peppermint essential oil
While waiting, whisper:
“Grow my babies grow. Be glowy, strong, long and amazing hair”
Wash your hair after 15 minutes.
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Magickal uses of peppermint essential oil
I love using peppermint essential oil when I need to focus on my intentions to clear my mind and set my goals more clearly and powerfully.
I use it to cleanse my space as well, especially if I feel stuck and I am out of focus.
Peppermint essential oil is great to cast motivations and focus spells, but also to take a relaxing cleansing bath.
Where can I buy peppermint essential oil?
You can find many options online. However, be careful as you need 100% natural organic peppermint essential oil, to nourish your body and your soul with its incredible nutrients and properties.