My favorite uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint oil has so many uses, so is it any wonder that this oil is a staple in so many people’s homes including mine? Peppermint oil does so much more than just freshen your breath, it can….

  • Relieves Allergies
  • Relieves stomach-ache
  • Relieves Headaches
  • Relieves Neck/Back tension
  • Helps Reduce Fevers
  • Reduce PMS symptoms 
  • Prevents and Relieves Heartburn
  • Helps with Nausea
  • Help with Indigestion
  • Helps Reduce Stress {I love to diffuse in the evening!}
  • Increases Concentration {I diffuse in the school room}
  • Helps relieve sunburns 
  • Reduces Anxiety 
  • Helps Curb Appetite
  • Helps Freshen Breath
  • And soooooo much more! 

Some things to note about peppermint essential oil. This oil can absolutely be used topically however it is a very good idea to dilute it with a carrier oil such as Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. If you have sensitive skin I highly recommend diluting it quite a bit to prevent any burning or allergic reactions such as a rash. Also never use pure coconut oil meaning undiluted on any young children I personally use peppermint oil without a carrier oil but it gets really hot and it doesn’t burn so please be aware of this and make sure you dilute it a blot before applying it to any children.

Here are a few ways that my family regularly uses Peppermint Essential oil! 

Sore Muscles:  Peppermint oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties so it can relieve pain and inflammation. I often use Peppermint oil on my husband after a long work day to soothe sore muscles and my mom uses it in her nightly routine because it calms muscle spasms \ muscle cramps.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil onto the sore area {be sure to keep the oil away from your eyes because it will burn…badly}

Headache: If you are prone to headaches like me Peppermint oil will become your best friend! The use of this oil can help lessen the additional symptoms that often come with a headache or migraine such as light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to noise.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil and rub on your temples, forehead, over the sinuses {be sure to keep the oil away from your eyes because it will burn…badly} also rub on the back of the neck and over shoulders.
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser {this works great for me at bedtime or when I have to lay down because of a migraine.}

Colds/Congestion: Menthol in Peppermint oil can help so much with many different respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cold and cough. It is often included in chest rubs to help with congestion {psst you can make your own and I will be sharing a recipe as we get closer to the start of the new school year.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil and rub on chest and back. or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion. 
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser as needed. 
  • Steam it: Remember when you were a kid and your mom would have you sit with a towel over your head breathing the steam from a bowl of boiling water? This is the exact same thing but add 1-4 drops of Peppermint Essential oil  {your can also use Rosemary or Eucalyptus} Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. 

Stress: Because of the amazing uplifting and refreshing properties in Peppermint essential oil it is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion, it also helps with feeling anxious and restless.

  • Topically: Add a combination of peppermint {and lavender, geranium, bergamot or ylang ylang essential oils} to a warm bath the aroma with help relieve while it is absorbed through the skin.
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser as needed {you can add the some of the other oils above as well.

Peppermint Essential oil shown is from Eden’s Garden and you can get yours here

Now its your turn, how do you use Peppermint Essential oil?

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**Disclaimer: I’m just a mom/blogger sharing our family’s experiences and uses this information is based upon my personal research and use of Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

The Homegrown Collective GREENBOX {Review}

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Since I started doing product reviews in late 2009 I have received a lot of really cool stuff. Honestly I never thought I would have that ‘one’ that was the my favorite….that was until my awesome friend Mitchell sent me a Homegrown Collective GREENBOX! Now I hands down have an all time FAVORITE! If you haven’t heard of Homegrown Collective you are truly missing out on something AMAZING! Do you want to live a more local, self-sustaining, and eco-conscious life style? Do you want all those things and more delivered to your front door? The Homegrown Collective GREENBOX is totally for you!

You might be asking your self: What is Homegrown Collective? What is a GREENBOX? Well let me show you my little grasshopper!

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“The Homegrown Collective is an invitation to be a part of the growing overall collective of people who are looking to shift their lifestyle to a more local, self-sustaining, and eco-conscious way of living. It is a new way to help you connect with the seasons and our goal is to provide you with tools to get the most out of the HOME that you have and help put you on the path to growing the HOME that you want.” {from the Homegrown Collective Website}

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“Having trouble finding my own trusted source that not only vetted green and sustainable vendors, artisans and small businesses but also made them accessible, we felt that the eco-friendly and sustainable consumer landscape was very disparate, confusing and a little bit intimidating for the “green-curious”. So, there is a void that we need to fill. We are providing a road map, some direction, products that people can trust and a community to go to for questions to be answered and stories to be shared. While solving some of these issues, we strive to provide a great experience that is useful, comfortable, educational and fun.” {from the Homegrown Collective Website}

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What’s a GREENBOX and how does it work?

Starting at $39 a month the GREENBOX is probably the coolest thing I have ever received! Each month members will receive an amazing box containing natural and organic things {each box varies by season} that will help you achieve the health life style and home you want.  My box was the August Box “Super-foods, Anti-oxidants & De-toxifiers” and let me tell you it was AMAZING! I hadn’t really formed an expectation before I got my box, but when it arrived I was floored by the awesome items and the quality items that filled the box!

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The August Box was chalked full of awesome super foods:

  • Green Tea
  • Pomegranates
  • Cacao
  • Alfalfa Seeds

It also had:

  • 100% Organic Lavendar buds
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Cypress Flaked Finishing Salt
  • 16oz. Ball Jar

“but why? what’s the point?” You might be asking your self! Well, wanna Detoxify your body? Combine the Magnesium Sulfate with the Lavender & Green Tea and you have an amazing Bath Bomb! How about combing the Alfalfa seeds and ball jar to grow your own sprouts? Well look at that…that’s a superfood!IMG_0976 I have to be honest my MOST FAVORITE part of this months GREENBOX was the “Wonder Cups” IMG_0972Seriously people…AMAZING! Pomegranates + Cacao topped with Cypress Flaked Finishing Salt it like magic deliciousness in a little cup!

GREENBOX takes the guess-work out of creating all kinds of cool, healthy and sustainable things! Don’t believe me? Check out the amazing “past boxes! If I could go back in time I would snatch up July “The Beauty of Coconut” –  January “Home Remedies and Cure Alls” –  and April “Olives and Herbs and Candles , OH MY!”

I want to give a SUPER HUGE shout out “thank you” to Mitchell of Homegrown Collective! Thank you so much…I’m hooked!

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Now it’s your turn to get your GREENBOX! Don’t forget to connect with The Homegrown Collective on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST and their BLOG!!

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