Plant Magic Spotlight: Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint has a really intense hit to it. Peppermint essential oil is the pure concentrated oil from the stems and leaves of the peppermint plant. Usually you will find peppermint used in toothpastes & chewing gum for that fresh taste and oral health. There are loads of benefits for this popular minty oil.

Oral health: Add 1- 2 drops of peppermint to water and use as a mouth wash for overall oral health and minty fresh breaths.

Digestive support: Use 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to an upset tummy to alleviate digestive discomfort.

Respiratory support:
Add a few drops to a diffuser to promote clear breathing.

Appetite: To feel fuller for longer, try and breathe in some peppermint.

Cooling: Apply with a carrier oil to your feet, to help you feel cooler.

Invigoration: Need a little pick me up? Try and breath in some peppermint oil and apply to the back of neck.

Tension: If you have an annoying tension headache, apply to the temples and back of neck.

For some more uses of peppermint oil, check out Dr Axes 25 uses here. http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

Minty Treats?!

I absolutely love using my peppermint essential oil in my yummy healthy snacks. (I only use certified pure therapeutic grade) Try is in bliss balls, slices and cacao smoothies for that choc mint flavor.

Peppermint oil vs. peppermint extract

“Extract: An extract is a mixture of an essential oil and a medium–usually alcohol–that helps carry the flavor. You can make peppermint oil either by soaking peppermint leaves and stems in alcohol and allowing the alcohol to absorb oil–“extracting” the flavor from the plant–or by diluting peppermint oil with alcohol. Either way, the finished product is mostly peppermint-flavored alcohol.

Essential Oil: The flavor of peppermint oil is much more intense and concentrated than that of extract. According to The Cook’s Thesaurus, you’d need to use four times as much extract as peppermint oil to get the same effect in a recipe.” www. Livestrong.com

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CAUTIONS

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Peppermint oil is concentrated, and it is possible to overdose and become seriously ill if you drink an entire bottle. Keep peppermint oil out of reach of children.

Source: http://www.doterratools.com/documents/Peppermint_Essential_Oil_Product_Information_Page.pdf