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If you suffer from tension headaches or migraines, you’re likely to enjoy quick relief with just a few drops of peppermint essential oil. This refreshing essential oil offers a sweet, familiar fragrance once it is diffused, evaporated, or blended with a carrier oil. Some people can tolerate, or even enjoy, peppermint essential oil applied neat; others find the crisp, cold sensation uncomfortable, and very sensitive individuals suffer from severe irritation without dilution. It’s very important to determine your tolerance level by testing it before use.
Can cause skin irritation, particularly in sensitive individuals. Overuse can lead to sensitization. Do not apply to mucus membranes; severe irritation can occur. Do not use during pregnancy. Avoid if breastfeeding; peppermint can decrease lactation. Note: If you are working to stop lactation after pregnancy or when weaning your baby, blend 15 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and use a small amount to massage your breasts a few times per day. If you use this method, do not feed your breast milk to your infant. Dilute heavily for use on infants and children under age 6 years. When using on young children and infants, do not apply peppermint to the face or chest area due to the risk of side effects when inhaling concentrated menthol present in the oil. Peppermint is an outstanding remedy for a variety of digestive complaints, but it can make heartburn worse.
INHALATION: Add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to an aromatherapy inhaler or jewelry and take a few deep breaths to rid yourself of unwanted food cravings. If adding peppermint to a diffuser, use the number of drops recommended by the diffuser’s manufacturer.
TOPICAL: Beat summer heat by blending 10 drops of peppermint with 1 cup of water in a misting bottle. Treat yourself to a light spritz for an instant cooling sensation.
BATH: Enjoy peppermint’s invigorating scent in the shower. Simply apply a few drops of essential oil to a washcloth and place it on the shower floor. The vapors will rise up to greet your nose, and you’ll emerge feeling refreshed.
Peppermint is such an effective breath freshener that it makes its way into a variety of commercial products. Experiment with your own mouthwashes; simply blend 1 or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 cup of vodka or distilled water. Swish with about 2 teaspoons at a time, and then spit it out.
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