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Peppermint oil

For thousands of years and across such countries as ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome, peppermint oil has been valued for its medicinal properties! (Source: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermintoil retrieved March 17, 2018)

An extremely versatile oil, peppermint oil offers countless benefits. Its main component, menthol, has been widely studied and found to help in many different ways. In this blog we’ll discuss a few!

Energy: Instead of having that cup of coffee when you need a boost, try peppermint oil! Some studies have shown it improves both physical and mental energy levels as well as performance! And, it takes just five minutes to take effect! (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/ retrieved March 17, 2018.)

To use, inhale the scent of peppermint directly (but carefully!), put a few drops in your favorite diffuser, or add on drop to a large glass of water (a little is better than a lot!).

Muscle and joint pain: Whether from over exertion or an illness, peppermint oil can help your muscle pain! Studies have shown it can help reduce soreness and relieve inflammation. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607906/ retrieved March 17, 2018.)

Combine a quarter cup coconut oil or cocoa butter with 5 drops of peppermint oil. Massage into sore muscles or joints.

IBS and Bloating: Peppermint oil has been found to be one of the best natural treatments for IBS. Researchers believe its ability to relax the gastrointestinal wall and cool inflammation play a role. Studies also have shown it has a significant effect on abdominal pain, distension, and gas. (Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16121521 and https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0401/p1027.html retrieved March 17, 2018.)

Stress relief: Peppermint oil is popular in aromatherapy for its relaxing and refreshing effects. Inhale the scent of peppermint as needed or use in your favorite diffuser!

Essential Aromas, owned and managed by Herbs Can Cleanse, carries high quality essential oils. Our favorite essential oils come from Plantlife, and are available through our website at essentialaromas.co/product-category/essential-oils/. Take a look!