Now I’m not talking about actual peppermint candy, although it is delicious and there are NUMEROUS recipes (especially sweet treats and especially THIS time of year..you can find MY personal favorite peppermint treat recipes here) that have glorious peppermint candies in them…this post is about the fabulous uses for Peppermint Oil!
First and foremost, the facts!
Peppermint is actually a HYBRID MINT PLANT that is a mix between a water mint and spearmint plants!
Peppermint can basically grow anywhere but they do prefer moist, shaded locations and they expand underground. Because they can grow so rapidly, for a home gardener it is often recommended to grow them in pots to try to control just how much they grow or spread out.
Interestingly, Wikipedia says:
“Pliny the elder, 79 AD, an ancient Roman author, natural philosopher and naval and military commander wrote Naturalis Historia. It tells us that the Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at their feasts and adorned their tables with its sprays, and that their cooks flavoured both their sauces and their wines with its essence.”
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Most people won’t grow peppermint plants and go through the process of making peppermint oil THEMSELVES and so for the sake of that I won’t include that information here. But, I do hope to do that in the future myself just to see how it goes and when I do I’ll definitely share the details!
So most people who are accustomed to using any essential oil knows that they can just go out and buy in a wide variety of places. You can get them online, health food stores and also a lot of direct selling companies do oils now as well. So get it where ever you get it...as long as you feel it is a good product then you’re good to go!
Uses I’ve found to be amazing AND work:
-peppermint sugar scrub for the skin (peppermint acts as an antibacterial)
-peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle sprayed on anything itchy (bug bite, bee sting, etc) not only has a cooling affect but also somehow takes the itch right out. (Since this is sprayed directly onto the skin I heavily dilute it and only use about 5-7 drops of peppermint oil to the whole container of water)
-stomach aches! If you or a child have a stomach they can not only suck on an actual peppermint candy but you can also get peppermint oil on your finger and rub it onto the stomach. It tends to work just as fast as something like pepto bismal.
-homemade peppermint bath salt, my own recipe found here.
-use peppermint oil and other oils in a homemade mosquito repellent! Here is the recipe I’ve tried.
Uses I’ve researched but not personally tried yet:
-externally it can be used for muscle pain and nerve pain.
-in folklore peppermint oil has long been used for nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel, and bloating.
-in aromatherapy the smell of peppermint oil tends to provide alertness and so it can be good to use in your homemade bath products (as long as you follow the proper ratio for essential oil and carrier oil in the recipe so that the peppermint doesn’t cause any skin irritation, do your research)
-make a homemade peppermint lip scrub and find the directions here.
-make a homemade flea shampoo for dogs, directions here.
-try a homemade diy peppermint toothpaste recipe here.
-use honey and peppermint oil to make a homemade facial toner, found here.
-make a heatwave peppermint spray to cool you down! You can find info on that here.
If you are eager to research peppermint oil more I urge you to do so. It is but one tiny plant but as you can see, so many uses! And if you’re living the homestead life, I can see why Peppermint Plant is one that we all need on our homesteads, if only for upset stomachs and bug repellent!!!! =D