Peppermint has become one of my favorite ingredients for beauty and healthcare within the past year or so. It is such a wonder-ingredient that greatly benefits the body and the mind in more ways than you ever imagined.
A cross between water mint and spearmint grown in mostly Europe and North America, peppermint can be used in tea to relieve irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion, in acne treatmeant to relieve inflammation and redness, and also in aromatherapy to invigorate the soul and relieve congestion in the sinuses during cold and flu season.
Here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips to incorporate peppermint oil into your everyday beauty and heath regime:
- To relieve pain and inflammation from annoying breakouts, dab a small amount of peppermint oil directly on blemish and leave on overnight. By the morning, redness and inflammation will be greatly reduced and leave the skin smoother and softer.
- When you're having one of those groggy, sluggish days where you can't seem to get your head in productive mode, put 2 drops of peppermint oil directly onto the palm of your hand then rub together with your other hand briskly. Cup your hands over your mouth and nose and take 10 deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and then exhaling through your mouth to activate the peppermint and help circulate it through your mouth and lungs. It will instantly lift your spirits and clear your brain to help you get the most of your day.
- If you're suffering from an upset stomach due to over-eating, stomach flu or just plain old indigestion, drink a cup of peppermint tea or chamomile tea with about 5 drops of peppermint oil. It will help get your digestion in check and help relieve any discomfort you may have.
- For a refreshing body powder, take about a cup of cornstarch, 1/4 of white clay, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 10-15 drops of peppermint oil. Mix together in a bowl then put in a reusable shaker bottle (I like to use old herb and spice bottles from the kitchen). Use when you get out of the shower in areas where you need "refreshment" and throughout the day.
I use 100% organic peppermint oil in my new Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm available now at Naked Eye Beauty's Etsy Shop!