Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Oil

As is true for any regular essential oils user, I definitely have my favorite oils. One of these is peppermint.

Historically, it’s been used for centuries to “soothe digestive difficulties, freshen breath, and relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn, and indigestion.”* I drink of a drop in an ounce or two of water regularly to help support my digestive system and fight off symptoms that might indicate acid reflux. (Not prescribing here. just sharing my story.) I also use it in the diffuser to support my respiratory system; on my skin to soothe itching, muscle pain, and hot flashes; and more.

Most Young Living oils can be ingested anyway, but peppermint is one of the essential oils that are generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption regardless of who produces it. (Not recommended for children under 6) I’ve already said I use a drop in an ounce or two of water, but you can also mix it with other liquids and even cook with it.

I diffuse it fairly often both because I appreciate the scent and I find that it helps me maintain a stronger respiratory system. It also repels rodents and insects, a fact that has been a big blessing this winter! It does more, though, and there’s one thing in particular that parents and college students should bear in mind. It helps you think!

Seriously! Dr. Dembar, of the University of Cincinnati, did a study and found that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of students by up to 28%.*

A few things to be aware of concerning peppermint oil.
1. Using it repeatedly in the same place on your skin might result in contact sensitivity. I just don’t use it in the same place twice in a row.
2. There is some concern that it may adversely affect people who have high blood pressure.
3. You should use it with caution during pregnancy.

For more information on Young Living essential oils, or to sign up as a customer or distributor, check out my website at http://www.YoungLiving.org/TammyCardwell
When it asks for it, use my member number to fill in the blanks: 1966376

Celebrating Jesus!
Tammy C

*Reference Guide for Essential Oils, by Connie and Alan Higley, 3013 Edition

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Essentials Oils… The Answer?

Well, they’re not THE answer, for sure, but they are definitely part of the answer where our health is concerned. (speaking specifically here – mine and my husband’s health)

I first discovered essential oils in the late 80s. I was under a lot of stress that brought on the first (and last) bout with high blood pressure I’d ever experienced. My chiropractor informed me that I needed to get my stress level under control immediately, which prompted me to start researching natural remedies for stress.

Which, as any oiler probably suspects already, led me straight to lavender.

It worked. Wait… Because of FDA regulations I need to say here that I am NOT giving medical advice in any way, form, or fashion, nor am I making claims about lavender essential oil. All I can say is that I made one and only one change in my life at that point – and getting rid of the primary stressors was not the change. I began using lavender, and within a surprisingly short period of time I found myself actually able to handle the stressors that had been sending me over the edge.

I’ve been using oils off and on ever since. Thanks to its numerous benefits, Lavender has pretty well stayed in my cabinet, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil has tended to hang out around our house as well. I’ve seen a world of awesome results from both, so when our doctor had a heart-to-heart with my husband and myself several months back…the topic being the future of health care in this country and how important it is for everyone to get pro-active about their health…I started digging into essential oils with a vengeance.

One thing I have discovered through the years is that quality matters: Some lavenders I bought gave me okay results while others might as well have been water. I’d checked into Young Living twenty years ago, but always thought they were too expensive for my budget. Having learned the hard way about quality and its relationship to results, however, I looked back into the company and quickly jumped into the Young Living waters. I cannot begin to express how blown away I’ve been by the difference between the oils I’d been using (Including expensive oils from health food stores) and these oils.

We’ve been using Young Living essential oils and their related products for nearly six months now, and although those blasted FDA regulations prevent me from sharing details, I can assure you that it is because of results that I count every dime we spend on Young Living products as money well invested in our health.

If you’re at all interested in oils, I encourage you to check out my Young Living website.
http://YoungLiving.org/TammyCardwell

Celebrating Jesus!
Tammy C