In the first of many essential oil spotlights, I would like to feature one of my most used and absolute favorite oils: doTERRA’s Peppermint Essential Oil!
I use doTERRA peppermint oil daily and for many different uses. Historically, peppermint has been used for digestion. Growing up, I consumed peppermint tea for an upset stomach. One drop of pure therapeutic peppermint essential oil contains the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea! In addition to aiding digestion, peppermint oil has a number of other uses.
doTERRA Peppermint Oil Benefits:
- Clear breathing and healthy respiratory function
- Promotes alertness and makes you feel energized
- Acts as a cooling agent
- A delicious flavor to add to your water
- And even fresh breath!
You can use peppermint oil topically, aromatically and internally (make sure it is pure therapeutic grade, as it is the only peppermint oil that is safe for ingestion), depending on your needs. If you’d like more information on which brand is safe for ingestion, please get in touch and I can provide a personal consultation on which essential oils are best for you.
To help aid digestion, a drop of peppermint oil can be added to cold or hot water. Typically, one drop is sufficient for up to 16-20 ounces of liquid. Additionally, it can be applied topically on the area of discomfort. Put a couple drops of the essential oil into your hands with a small amount of coconut oil, and rub directly onto your stomach or affected area, but be sure to keep away from sensitive areas or rub your eyes after your hands have had contact with the oil..
To give yourself an energizing boost, my favorite method is a peppermint lick (Think a salt lick prior to a tequila shot! ☺): Put a drop onto the back of your hand (a flat surface is best), and just lick it off. This provides a huge boost of energy and fresh breath too! Additionally, you can go ahead and use the peppermint oil in your water, as described above, or use it aromatically by holding the bottle below your nose and directly inhaling. You can also put a few drops in the palms of your hands and hold them under your nose and breathe in deeply, which promotes healthy respiratory function and helps clear airways. doTERRA also offers peppermint beadlets, containing 1/6th of a drop of oil, that act as great breath mints!
My husband keeps one peppermint bottle in his car, one at his desk at work, and has one handy at home as well, to ensure he is never without it. Peppermint is one of our most used oils; we go through at least one bottle per month and couldn’t live without it!