7 Savvy Uses For Peppermint

2nd Dec 2013 / By Guest Contributor

It’s officially the holiday season, and the sweet smell of peppermint is in the air! Discover how this staple of the holiday season can actually bring joy to your world all year long.

1. Relieve Stress with Aromatherapy
The hint of spice and the notes of cool are why peppermint has a refreshing effect on the mind, relieving stress, exhaustion, depression and anxiety. With stress and mental exhaustion at bay, the immune system is stronger. And if you didn’t know, that leads to healthier body, skin and hair.

2. Gift Peppermint Candy Sugar Scrub
The perfect scrub for soft, touchable, and kissable skin. This scrub not only invigorates your skin, but also uplifts your mood, because who doesn’t want to bathe in peppermint candy? Check out andcute.com’s fabulous Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub Tutorial.

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Photo Credit: andcute.com

3. Control Your Acne Prone Skin
Peppermint oil promotes healthy and clear skin. The menthol in peppermint oil cools tired skin, brightens dull skin and helps to control excess oil production. Make sure to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, like jojoba, apply all over your face and the peppermint oil will refresh your skin and remove oil.

4. Relieve Dry Scalp and Dandruff
Peppermint oil promotes a healthy scalp and hair. A few drops poured into a bottle of shampoo can help to reduce and eliminate dandruff. Add 10 drops of the essential oil to 16 ounces of unscented shampoo or conditioner.

5. Promote Hair Growth
Massaging several drops of peppermint oil directly onto the scalp can help to promote hair growth. Not to mention protect your scalp against bacteria. If you don’t have your regular shine serum handy, a drop of peppermint will also tame the frizz.

6. Serve Candied Peppermint Treats With Tea

According to Katie of “Wellness Mama”, “Peppermint is an excellent digestive aid. It soothes and calms the digestive system when used internally or externally. Peppermint helps get rid of gas, indigestion and heartburn. It’s also good for relaxing nerves and improving circulation.” What better way to take down your daily dose of peppermint, but in treat form. Check out this recipe for Candied Mint Leaves from WikiHow. They serve as great snacks for tea time, or as cupcake toppers.

Photo Credit: wikihow

Photo Credit: wikihow

7. Natural Lip Balm
Peppermint oil is an active ingredient in many lip balms due to its cooling effect. The natural oils smooth and soften dry, cracked skin, while the scent has all the wonderful aromatherapy effects. We love this Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm recipe from RevivedKitchen.com.

Disclaimer: Peppermint oil is very strong. When used in its purest form, it can cause irritation and redness on the skin, scalp and lips. Thus, it is best to dilute it with a carrier oil. Don’t use more than 5 to 10 drops on your skin or hair, and never use this oil without diluting it first.


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