I've always had a love for peppermint. When I smell it I have so many fond memories.
It reminds me of staying at my grandparents house for a number of reasons.
I had tea time with grandma and we would drink peppermint tea with our little sandwiches.
I remember smelling mint as I swung on the play-set in their back yard, because there was a huge bush of mints between the play set and the garden. Sometimes we would smell of peppermint if we brushed up against it while playing.
It's earthy, sweet fragrance is refreshing and comforting for me.
Peppermint also reminds me of Christmas. Most white girls go nuts with pumpkin spice come fall, I however love everything peppermint as soon as possible. Peppermint mocha? Yes please. Peppermint lip gloss? I'm all over it (who am I kidding? I use peppermint chap-stick year round).
Lastly, peppermint reminds me of horses. As a teen I went through a horrible depression and got coaxed out of it with ridding lessons and leasing a horse. My first horse had an obsession with peppermint, it was her favorite treat. Every holiday season I would buy her one of those big candy cane sticks, I'm convinced that's why she loved me so much. Peppermint, man, it works wonders.
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So it wasn't a huge surprise that when I got my kit from Young Living, that peppermint was my favorite go-to oil.
I defuse it. I put it in my bathwater. I've put it in my tea. I even put it on my vacuum filter so I get a blast of it when I clean the floors.
Here are 5 reasons you should use peppermint oil too!
- It smells amazing. I'm not the only one that feels nostalgic when I smell peppermint. It's fresh scent invigorates then mind and senses and is instantly recognizable.
- It may soothe your digestion and IBS symptoms. There are numerous studies (Like this one) that show promise for using Peppermint oil to help treat IBS symptoms - At least for the storm term, studies for its use long term are yet to be done.
- It's cooling feeling. Due to it's high amount of menthol, peppermint has a cooling sensation when inhaled, eaten, or applied to the skin. It feels amazingly cool when applied to bites and sunburns and can help stop minor itching.
- It repels pests. Peppermint can naturally deter spiders, ants and even mosquitos. Simply add a drop or two to a small spray bottle and spray around your doors and windows.
- It can reduce nausea. Peppermint is being used and studied for its ability to combat nausea.