(DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TREATING ANY CONDITION. THE INFORMATION BELOW SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE)
I am currently studying to become a community herbalist and have used herbs to treat minor ailments for 14 years. All information shared in these posts come from study, research and experience.
Before we get into the amazing uses of this flower, let’s go over some basic GUIDELINES as these will apply to any herb you work with:
*Prior to starting an herbal regimen, speak with a licensed *physician.
*Herbal medicines (sometimes called supplements) come in flower, capsules, tinctures and essential oils.
*Essential oils SHOULD NEVER BE INGESTED.
*Essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil and tested on a small patch of skin to test for allergic reactions.
*Carrier oils: Coconut, almond, grapeseed, apricot, and hemp. (There are others, do your research for a complete list).
*ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU ARE UNSURE.
*The herbal market isn’t licensed by the FDA, (I will keep my opinion out of this) so research, research, research. Know where your herbs come from. There are excellent (and well known) herbal manufacturers online as well as brick and mortar. Read customer reviews, ask for lab results etc. The point is to make sure the products you use are safe for you, your family, and community.
Type of plant: Peppermint, Mentha piperita
Part Used: fresh or dried plant
Irritable bowel syndrome
When treating digestive and IBS with essential oils you will want to make sure you don’t ingest the essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor.
I normally take 3 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix with a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into stomach area. Peppermint has analgesic properties which soothes cramps and bloating.
Peppermint is a great oil for sinus congestion. Place 3 drops of essential oil into a vaporizer and take relaxed, deep breaths to alleviate symptoms.
Peppermint essential oil has been a life saver when traveling. There is nothing worse than when a family member gets a headache in the middle of vacation and the only essential oil readily available is peppermint. Place 3-8 drops of oil into a .30ml rollerball, top with carrier oil. Rub onto temples, nape of neck and behind the ears.
Blends Well With: Eucalyptus, German Chamomile, Lavender, and Lemon (to name a few, the list is longer)
Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding and use caution when using essential oil on children under age 6.
We know the benefits of essential oils when it comes to drinking teas, applying oil blends topically and tinctures but did you know essential oils can be used to make DIY household cleaning products? I have an aluminum spray bottle of this in all the bathrooms in my home and pardon the TMI, but my guests always talk about how GOOD my home smells so I’m sure this is doing what it should.
Demejo’s Bathroom Spray
10-20 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
10-20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
10-20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 250 ml Aluminum bottle
Water (or clear grain alcohol i.e., vodka, Everclear)
Place all the essential oils in an aluminum bottle (essential oils can degrade plastic, so you should always use glass or aluminum if possible), top with water or clear grain alcohol, shake well and spray.
**A good essential oil starter kit if this is your first time using essential oils.
**If you’re interested in learning more about herbal medicine and health driven herbs, this book is an excellent (and affordable) read and I recommend it to all my readers.
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