Essential oils for relaxation: refreshing peppermint
Peppermint does a lot more than just freshen your breath, and if you suffer from digestive problems, nausea, hiccups, colds or headaches, peppermint essential oil could help to alleviate some of your symptoms due to its muscle relaxation, antibacterial and cleansing properties.
Beat the cold season
Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint oil, can act as a natural decongestant which can help to relieve symptoms of the common cold including sore throats, congestion and respiratory problems. To get the full benefits, use a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) and rub 2-3 drops onto your chest for a natural alternative to an over-the-counter medication. Alternatively, for an added ‘spa at home’ feeling, try a peppermint oil steam – but make sure you take care when doing this. Carefully pour boiling water into a suitable bowl, add a few drops of essential oil, then drape towel over your head and position your face a good distance away from the bowl and breathe in the steam – you’ll feel as though you’re in the Volcanic salt bath at Ragdale Hall… well… Almost!
Like many other essential oils such as lavender, peppermint oil can be used to give relief from stress, anxiety, depression and mental exhaustion due to its naturally refreshing properties. If you’re looking to de-stress, run a bath and pour in a few drops of peppermint and lavender essential oils for ultimate relaxation.
Pick me up
No need to reach for the caffeine – peppermint oil can improve mental clarity, reduce brain fog and raise your energy levels. If you’re working from home, simply add a few drops to a diffuser to combat the mid-afternoon slump, or rub a small drop under your nose – ideal if you fancy doing a home workout but can’t summon the energy to get off the sofa! (We’ve all been there). It’s also fantastic to use post-workout due to its ability to soothe muscle tension and soreness.
Headaches be gone!
Peppermint oil can also be used as a natural remedy for headaches as the oil can stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Keep a bottle on your desk or in your handbag – you never know when it might come in useful! If you’re a migraine sufferer, peppermint oil can also be used to lessen other related symptoms such as sickness and nausea.
Simply use a carrier oil combined with peppermint oil and rub a few drops on your temples, forehead and around your sinuses (making sure to avoid any contact with the eyes) and let the soothing sensation of the oil work its magic.
If none of these take your fancy, why not swap your daily cup of tea or coffee for a refreshing cup of peppermint tea? Ahhhh.