Let's look at peppermint essential oil; an oil rich in invigoration and uses- there's a reason it's the “freshest” essential oil out there.
Among The Gods
It was once said in ancient Greece that a nymph named Minthe was seduced by Hades, god of the Underworld. Hades wife, Persephone, upon discovering her husband’s intentions, turned Minthe into a small plant. This way Minthe would be stepped on and crushed by the many passers-by. Hades, in retaliation, made Minthe a peppermint plant, so whenever she was stepped on, the stirring aroma would catch the traveler’s attention, and they would remember the beauty that is Minthe.
This tale from Greek mythology does a good job at poetically capturing the effects that peppermint has on us. With one simple breath, we inhale the emotions which come with this fascinating mint. It invigorates us. It lightens and awakens us. It is sharp and nostalgic. Peppermint is one of the most widely used essential oils, and it’s not hard to see why, people around the world have been using it to heal, soothe, and enliven themselves.
Peppermint’s history expands further out into the world than just the Greeks. The plant was first cultivated in England during the late 17th century. Some cultures favor it as a cure for nausea and menstruation pain; some for its ability to clear a clouded mind and sharpen the senses. In ancient Egypt they even found dried peppermint leaves in the pyramids! But wherever it is used, peppermint is revered for its natural powers on the human body.
Peppermint is actually a natural hybrid plant, it’s a mix between spearmint and watermint. It grows quickly and spreads when it is in its ideal environment- partly shady, cool climate, with rich moist soil. Peppermint is full of menthol, a compound found in most mints which gives it its ability to act as an anti-irritant. This makes it the perfect oil to help soothe throat irritation. It also acts as a local anesthetic and works to calm and soothe muscle aches and pains.
The peppermint plant is native to Europe and Asia, but has been naturalized in most of the world. It is cultivated and grown on a wide scale for the many benefits it provides. Peppermint is a perennial plant, which means it has the ability to live longer than other plants that only live throughout the span of a year.
How Do I Use It?
In this blog, we want you to see beyond the candy-cane. Peppermint has so much more to it than just being a holiday cliché. It holds a wide array of possibilities for those wise enough to search out it's natural abilities and use it in their everyday lives.
There are literally too many uses for peppermint essential oil for us to make mention of them all here so, as usual, we compiled a list of 6 different ways to take advantage of the wonderful qualities of peppermint oil. This list of 6 will show you our top choices of ways that peppermint can enhance your everyday life, filling you with vigor, stimulation, and healing.
Rub a small amount onto your temples and across the forehead. Peppermint has been found to relieve the pain caused by tension headaches, and may also soothe a migraine.
2. Breath Freshener
After brushing your teeth and tongue, try adding a few drops of oil on your toothbrush and brush it into your tongue. Peppermint oil is thought to have antimicrobial qualities, and this will remove bacteria in your mouth, keeping your breath fresher, longer.
Boil a pot of water and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Breathe in the steam deeply. It will clear your sinuses, ease difficulty breathing, and soothe a sore throat.
Rub a few drops of peppermint onto your abdomen to relieve stomach aches and nausea. Peppermint being used to help with stomach problems is one of its oldest known uses.
5. Muscle Relaxer
Peppermint oil is great when you are looking to calm and relax aching muscles and tension. Add a few drops to a carrier, like olive or coconut oil, and massage it into aching areas on your body.
6. Mental Stimulation
Inhaling peppermint oil and taking in a deep breath has been shown to invigorate people and even give them renewed mental strength. Try it and see how it works!
Sometimes nature offers something truly magical, and in the case of peppermint, even the gods of ancient mythology thought so.