We had an amazing weekend away camping with these fine folk to a sweet little spot about 20 mins from home:
It was all fun and games until the morning we woke up in our camper in the bush after a luscious and comfy sleep to find our son had collected himself a full blown cold – coughing, snotting, toddler mess! Oh.my.goodness. I don’t think you know how much snot we are talking here. He’d wipe his face and it would end up in his ear. Poor little dude was so congested….ooh my mumma-heart! We didn’t want to be “those parents” with the green-goey monster hanging off their already filthy camping-dusted kid, so we were on snot-patrol until we got home, where the chooks don’t care what is hanging out of his nose.
When we got home late arvo, Kirk ran a warm bath and added two drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the bath water. Man, straight away that bathroom smelt like a candy cane. Having never seen or eaten a candy cane in his life, we had to convince our once bath-loving boy to get into the bath some other way. This cold was not making him the usual happy camper – pun intended. The only enticement that worked was that he could bath with his big (filthy) camping-encrusted truck. At least the truck is now smelling nice and pepperminty and zooms around our house all clean and spreading Christmas cheer! So we let our son and his truck SOAK and BREATHE it all in. All that peppermint. I kid you not, he emerged as a very happy, fresh-smelling and easy-breathing 2 year old! The snot monster had tucked itself away up into his nose and stayed there for quite some time.
Peppermint is a cooling oil and definitely should be diluted for kids and those with sensitive skin! If in a bath, just 1-2 drops please!! I know, it smells so good and you want to add more but your privates won’t thank you for the sting! You can also dilute it in coconut oil at 2 drops per 10ml…then you can put it straight on the skin (makes an unreal chest rub…move aside Vicks!).
Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil:
The type of peppermint oil I use is ‘food grade’ which means I can cook with it and digest it. DO NOT digest ANY essential oils that is not from doTERRA. Other brands contain toxins, synthetics and many other nasties. There is no essential oil governing body to check on what companies put in oils (so you can say 100% peppermint oil…and lie about it!). The company I use is 100% natural and pure with nothing else added…the safest you can possibly buy! I wouldn’t put anything else on my family…EVER.
- Supports muscular and joint health
- Antiseptic properties (e.g. add to shampoo for dandruff)
- Promotes clear breathing, sinus, respiratory health
- Soothing to the gastric lining and colon
- Relieves headaches
- Bug and tick repellent
- Treatment of sunburn and acne
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) treatment
- Alleviates stomach upset (anti-nausea)
- Oral health and fresh breath
- Reduces fevers
- Reduces breast milk supply (supplement with fennel essential oil to keep supply up)
- Repels mice, cockroaches and spiders
- Antifungal and antibacterial for health and home cleaning
Science Behind Peppermint Essential Oil:
Peppermint is a hybrid of Spearmint and Water Mint! The type of peppermint oil I use is theraputic grade and 100% pure, therefore it has a high menthol content (cheaper brands do not!). Menthol helps clear the respiratory tract and is antibacterial and antifungal.
History of Peppermint Essential Oil:
The first references of peppermint have been dated back to 1,000BC. It is one of the oldest European herbs and also used in Ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine, as well as the Roman Empire. There have even been discoveries of peppermint in several Egyptian Pyramids which was used to aid digestion.
Other Oils the Blend Well with Peppermint Essential Oil:
Oregano, Marjoram, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Cypress
Awesome Links About Peppermint:
If you would like to order some 100% pure Theraputic Grade essential oils please contact me or go to mydoterra.com/katrinavagg