Peppermint oil is among the more diverse of essential oils with regard to effectiveness on a vast variety of ailments and issues. For example, peppermint oil diluted to 10% as effective as 1,000 mg acetaminophen for headaches. Peppermint oil is effective in relieving was found to have anti-viral, & antimicrobial properties. Peppermint oil relaxes smooth muscles and relieve indigestion too! So how do we use it? Well, first and foremost look for the proper Latin name: Mentha piperita from a trusted source - like Josiah's Oils. Next, use it safely! Peppermint oil can irritate skin, so be sure to use proper dilution which is about 2% for adults (or 2 -3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil)/higher for migraines. Also, peppermint should not be used on the faces of very young children. Finally, avoid using peppermint if you have high blood pressure and always avoid eyes. Peppermint should be used with caution while pregnant and breastfeeding.
How to use it?
Sore Muscles: 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil/massage
Digestive issues: 2-3 drops per teaspoon carrier/massage over lower abdomen
Congestion/cough/curb hunger: Inhale/diffuse
Fever: add 2-3 drops per cup of warm water; soak a compress and apply to back of neck
Nausea: inhale & diffuse
Bad Breath/Sore Throat: gargle with 2-3 drops peppermint per ounce of water
Headache/Migraine: dilute up to 5-10% apply avoiding eyes
Toothache: apply 1/2 teaspoon carrier to cotton ball and add 2 drops essential oil; apply to tooth.
N. Jackson, C.A.