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Botanical Tuesday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – decorations are up, peppermint mochas are being devoured, and (depending on where you live) there is snow.

Peppermint has always reminded me of winter – candy canes at Christmas time, scotch mints in the candy dish (that were always at my grandma’s house), and now that I’m older peppermint has become a staple in my winter aromatherapy routine.

Peppermint is a very powerful & versatile oil that can be taken internally, applied topically, and used in aromatherapy for several purposes.  When taken internally peppermint oil (by capsule form) can help with digestive issues & IBS.  It can be used in essential oil diffusers or burners to relieve congestion & headaches, and reduce nausea (this is great natural way to relieve morning sickness for some).  Lastly, peppermint oil can be applied topically for almost never ending benefits.

Peppermint is actually a hybrid of Spearmint  & Water Mint and evidence shows it dates back to 1000BC where evidence lies within Egyptian pyramids.  It has also been well documented in traditional Chinese, Japanese and European medicine.  Even Greek mythology mentions it – the nymph ‘Mentha’ was transformed into an herb by Pluto because he had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.

It is a powerful anti-microbial and is commonly found in decongestant products and of course tooth paste.  There are many reasons to have a bottle of peppermint oil in your medicine cabinet as it also helps to reduce itch, wake you up (just smell it!), energize your mind, naturally repel bugs, treat acne, and encourage hair growth.

We use Peppermint Oil in our –

  • Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner duo – Peppermint & Seabuckthorn are meant to be together.  They work synergistically to calm & cool and aggravated scalp & heal a myriad of scalp conditions and concerns, they enhance hair shine & growth, reduce hair loss, and relieve scalp itch.  As an added bonus it really wakes you up in morning & relieves congestion if you are sick.
  • Coughs, Colds, & Sniffles Too Soothing Salve and Sniffle Stick – Naturally Peppermint is one of the key oils in our decongesting Coughs & Colds Salve and Sniffle Stick.  Each oil (including peppermint) was chosen for their properties in relieving head, nasal, throat, & chest congestion.
  • Heal to Toe Soothing Salve – cools, calms, & de-stress’ your feet.  The anti-microbial benefits of Peppermint, Seabuckthorn, Tea Tree, Thyme, & Lemon Tea Tree come together to battle pesky foot problems & concerns while leaving your skin soft & nourished.

We hope everyone learned something new about this amazing ancient oil.

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