Peppermint and what to do with it

Published on 2 March, 2011 | Aromatherapy

What can you do with Peppermint?

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The lovely fragrance and minty fresh taste has kept this herb as a firm favorite. However did you realise just what you can do with peppermint. If you thought it was just for tea or toothpaste then think again.

Refreshing Oil

Used as an essential oil in aromatherapy and then used in many products such as soaps, mouthwashes,  and toiletries. The main benefit of peppermint is that it is antibacterial and also anaesthetic. It will help improve blood flow when used on the skin.

Peppermint Oil – is very effective as a pick me up if you add few drops to a warm bath.

How to make a fresh and fragrant peppermint hair rinse that will leave you hair smelling frgrant and will also prevent dandruff.

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons of Dried Peppermint – 2 Pints of Water, 2 Pints of Cider Vinegar

Boil the peppermint in two pints of water then leave to simmer for aprox 10mins. Remove from heat and leave to steep for half an hour. When this is done strain the mixture and add the cider vinegar.  You can now bottle this mixture and leave for 48hr before first use. Use as a liquid hair rinse.

Herbal Bath

4 tbs dried peppermint – 2 tbs dried basil – 1 pint water, 1 pint cider vinegar

Add the vinegar to the water and heat the until almost boiling, then add the basil and peppermint, cover and simmer for 10 mins. Then leave the mixture to infuse for eight hours. Strain the liquid and put in a bottle and label. Add half a pint of herbal mixture to your bath for a refreshing and relaxing minty bath.

Peppermint Inhalant – add a few drops of peppermint oil to a handkerchief to help congested nasal passages. (if you suffer from asthma or breathing difficulties this should not be used)

Peppermint Tea

Using peppermint for tea is not only a great breath freshener but is effective when drunk after a large meal to help settle your tummy and prevent indigestion.

Peppermint Room Spray

Make a peppermint room spray as above.  The fragrance will last a long time and help to freshen a stale or smoky atmosphere.

Other uses

As peppermint has such a wide variety of uses it can help with the following:

Bruising and sprains, itchy skin, travel sickness, flatulence, toothache, insect repellent and fatigue are just some of the good uses this natural herb can help with.

Keep spiders away

Add a few drops of  peppermint oil to water and spray in the corners of your room.
Spiders hate this and will just not appear ( I personally have tried this and it seems to work)

 

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