There are a lot of herbs that we use during the season of giving, but the first one that always comes to mind is peppermint.
We use it in our coffee, candy, deserts, hang it from our trees and use it when we get sick. Peppermint oil is also one of the first oils that comes to mind when we think of essential oils.
December 2019 Herb of the Month is Peppermint!
When you think of peppermint, you may think a stick or mint coated in red and white swirls. Peppermint can actually do a lot to help your body recover from being sick this time of year, and is very easy to grow yourself.
Types of Mint
There are a lot of different types of Mint, including
- Chocolate Mint
- Ginger Mint
- Licorice Mint
And many more! They are very easy to grow as well.
My parents had a huge garden of a backyard when I was growing up, and around the rather large back porch was a mint garden. We had Peppermint, Spearmint and Chocolate mint, and we would use the leaves for a lot of different purposes.
One thing to know before thinking about staring your own mint garden is that you need to keep it contained. We “fenced” the mint in building up a small wall with rocks, stone and dirt. If you do not have them contained somehow,
they will spread. Fast.
Peppermint can be used for helping with
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome
- Upset stomach and Digestive issues
- Headache Relief
- Sinus Pressure
- Sore throat
- Bug Repellent
- Non-Toxic Cleaning product
Source: Gurunanda Aromatherapy
The benefits of having Peppermint in your home are pretty endless.
You can use the Peppermint Essential oil for many of the above health topics, and for a lot of them, you can just use the leaves as well.
For instance, chewing fresh Peppermint can both freshen breath, help teeth, and reduce nausea.
You can also drink Peppermint tea to help with nausea and other stomach issues.
In our article “Cleaning tips for a Non-Toxic home” we mention the Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile soap for a natural cleaning solvent. Check it our here!
Peppermint Essential oil can do so much. During cold season it is especially beneficial because of its antiseptic, anti-microbial, antispasmodic and anti-bacterial properties.
- You can make a DIY vapor rub from Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Coconut oil.
- Applying Peppermint oil to a damp rag or towel and inhaling the oil can help with Sinus pressure caused by a sinus cold.
- Inhaling Peppermint oil, or rubbing it on the temples can help reduce severity of headaches.
- Mood Elevation -Promotes a positive outlook
- Stress Relief -When paired with Lavender, Peppermint oil can promote stress relief
Peppermint oil is great for sore muscles. You can make a muscle rub from coconut oil, Apricot oil, Peppermint and Arnica oil (if there is tenderness or bruising this helps).