You may have heard from a friend or acquaintance that essential oils have helped them with this or that, but maybe you're not quite sure where to start. Well, I hope to help you along your journey into essential oils by covering some of their uses and cautions.
The essential oil I use most is peppermint. Peppermint - an uplifting fresh scent that can bring you back to life at times. Peppermint oil is analgesic, antiseptic, sedative and cooling. It can be used to treat fevers, colds, flu symptoms, nausea and respiratory disorders.
CAUTIONS - Please use only therapeutic grade essential oils, if you're not sure, please ask. Secondly, peppermint is very potent, use it very sparingly, then add more if you need to. Lastly, always, always wash your hands thoroughly after applying peppermint essential oil. Ask me why I would tell you this!
INDIGESTION - I use peppermint a lot as I tend to have indigestion a lot. Here are a few ways it can be used - mix 2-4 drops with 1 tbsp of olive oil and apply to stomach area. Put 1 drop in a pitcher of water, more is not always better with peppermint oil, even if it seems like 1 drop wouldn't be enough, it is more than enough. You can drink peppermint water throughout the day if you like it is wonderful for internal inflammation and digestion.
HEADACHE - Peppermint works wonderful for headaches, but must be used with caution. Here is how I do it. I put only 1 drop of peppermint on my finger and lay down, then I massage the drop on my forehead and temples. Peppermint has a way of working its way down to your eyes, so be very careful. You can also apply to the back of your neck and behind your ears.
MIDDAY PICK ME UP - Who doesn't need that middle of the day pick me up? Keep a bottle of peppermint handy as it only takes a drop or two on the back of your neck to totally refresh you! Hard to believe, I know, but it really does work.
PAIN RELIEF - Lastly, I use if for those annoying little pains or sometimes big pains. It has a wonderful cooling feeling on the skin and works wonders on those aches and pains. Apply as above for the indigestion, blended with olive oil or whatever oil you have on hand.
How do you use peppermint?