We had such a positive response to our recent mention of Peppermint, that we decided to mention it again.
Peppermint is a “hot” oil and can cause temporary discomfort if used topically without diluting or used to close to the nose or eyes. Use caution on the face and always dilute on children or use on the feet. If oils get into the eyes, do not use water which will cause the oil to spread. Use a fatty oil such as olive or coconut and put a few drops into the eye. It will bring quick relief. The oils will not damage the eye, but can cause pain, so use caution in the eye area.
Consider Substituting For:
Headaches – apply to the back of the neck or temples for relief from stress or tension headaches.
Congestion/Allergies – inhale or apply to sinus area to relieve congestion and prevent sinus infections
Pain – apply topically for relief from arthritis/rheumatism, back problems, neuralgia, etc. Peppermint actually works with the body to block the transmission of pain signals while also working to reduce inflammation.
Concentration – inhale, diffuse, or drop under the tongue for a quick brain boost.
Skin Conditions – dilute and apply topically for cooling relief from itchy skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, and more.
Fever – apply to bottoms of feet or navel for relief.
Indigestion/Reflux/Gas – drop under the tongue, put a drop in water and sip, or apply diluted over the area of discomfort for quick relief without the damage to your stomach of over the counter antacids. Put on the feet of infants.
Nausea/Motion Sickness/Morning Sickness/Stomach Bugs – sip peppermint oil in water or drop under the tongue.
(These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products, ideas, and techniques are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)