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Using Peppermint Oil to Treat Mild Ailments

Ms Rosanne Bostonian, PhD

Ms. Rosanne (Roseanne) Bostonian, PhD, has served in the helping professions for more than 45 years. Now an independent wellness practitioner and Reiki master, Ms. Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, also serves as an independent wholesaler and user of Young Living Essential Oils, a distributor of essential oils and blends that include such time-tested varieties as peppermint oil.

Fresh and invigorating, peppermint oil offers a number of benefits ranging from clarity of focus to congestion relief. It is thought to be one of the world's oldest remedies for stomach upset, as it has the ability to help the body expel gas and relieve nausea. Many people find that a few drops of peppermint oil, inhaled or applied to the wrists, can ease motion sickness or soothe general queasiness.

As a menthol compound, peppermint oil has shown to be effective in relieving congestion, cough, and other respiratory issues. It can help to clear the system when dropped into a humidifier or inhaled as part of a steam treatment, which is as simple as adding a few drops of peppermint to boiling oil and breathing in the steam with a towel draped over the head.

Headache sufferers may find that the soothing nature of peppermint oil can relieve both pressure and pain. When applied to the temples, forehead, or back of the neck, it provides cooling comfort. This same sensation can be likewise effective in relieving stress or creating an energy boost, which many people achieve by diffusing the oil in water or passing a drop under the nose.


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