24+ Uses for Peppermint

361b6d2b32a7a5e0d748380cc055babfThere are so many uses for this versatile oil and I wanted to share its incredible health powers! There is no denying that this is a must-have oil for your daily routine! At first I didn’t like the menthol scent, but its plethora of healing properties is impossible to deny. So I’m going to start a list of the different ways to use Peppermint, whether fresh, dried, or in essential oil form.

  1. Peppermint essential oil (EO) is amazing for all things inflammation and pain. Add a few drops to your hands and rub on sore muscles to ease tension.
  2. While it’s on your hands, rub behind your ears, at the base of the skull, temples, neck, and forehead to ease headaches and migraines. (Be careful when getting close to eyes!!)
  3. Add anywhere from 3 leaves to a handful of fresh peppermint to a pitcher of detox water.
  4. Add fresh leaves to detox bath to help with sore muscles and to give you a boost of energy.
  5. Add fresh leaves to ice cubes for a refreshing and unique twist.
  6. Use mint leaves as part of a smudge stick to aid in protection, purification, and cleansing.
  7. First thing in the morning, drink a glass of hot water or tea with Peppermint EO, ginger, cinnamon (optional), and honey (optional). This will aid in digestion and internal cleansing. It will also boost the metabolism and give you loads of energy for the day.
  8. Dry mint leaves. Ground down as much as you can using mortal and pestle. Add to mason jar, adding your purposeful energy to the ritual by saying a protection spell or chant, such as, “Peppermint, plant of protection, I call on you now to protect this home and hearth from all who seek to harm. Cleanse this home while banishing all negativity.” or you could even say something as simple as “Peppermint, protect.” over and over while you add sea salt to the semi-grounded peppermint. You can then add something about the powerful properties of sea salt and cleansing, but just do what feels right. Take this mixture and sprinkle at all entrances to your home and all corners of each room. If you have some left, great, keep it! This is what I call Protection Salt. The great thing about this empowered Salt is that it also…
  9. Repels insects, especially spiders!! Add Protection Salt (above) to all doorways/windowsills and the corners of each room. You can also add Peppermint EO to ribbons and hang around the home and porch to repel insects. Rub on your body to help with the biting insects.
  10. Inhale Peppermint EO to boost energy and motivation.
  11. IMG_3673 Peppermint helps relieve upset stomachs. Diffuse for nauseousness and apply peppermint EO to the torso in clockwise direction to ease tummy issues. This has helped me in tons of situations!!
  12. Inhale deeply to ease car-sickness.
  13. Add Peppermint EO to an all-natural toothpaste of baking soda, coconut oil, and water. This will also help with dental health overall.
  14. Mix together EOs Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint to help ease allergies. Add to a roll on bottle with witch hazel as the base and shake before use.
  15. Add Peppermint EO to a spray bottle of water and vinegar for a healthy cleaning product free of chemicals. Add other essential oils to add even more cleaning properties! (Lemon, Thieves, Purification, etc.)
  16. Hang dried leaves or sachets in windows to repel negativity.
  17. Add several drops of Peppermint EO, along with other oils of your choosing and coconut oil as a base, to vegetable capsules. Freeze and take to aid in digestion, weight management, and as an appetite suppressant.
  18. Diffuse Peppermint EO, along with other minty oils 1a779c35a9a190ee8bd86ee04c6aa475such as Eucalyptus and R.C., to aid in sinus congestion and cold symptoms.
  19. Add 5-10 drops to coconut oil, coffee grounds, brown sugar, and other essential oils (Lemon, Ginger, etc.) and apply mixture to body as exfoliator to and help tighten skin, removing cellulite. 
  20. Inhale Peppermint EO before an exam or stress-inducing scenario to calm your mind while boosting your memory and cognition.
  21. Diffuse to purify your home and remove stale odors.
  22. Add a drop or two of Peppermint EO to a cotton ball and drop it in the canister of your vacuum cleaner before you clean. It will make your home smell amazing effortlessly while you clean!
  23. Add a drop or two of Peppermint EO to a cotton ball and insert in your car’s air vent. This will help your car smell great!
  24. Add a few drops to Ningxia Red to boost your health.
  25. Add fresh peppermint leaves in a mason jar nearly filled to the top. Then add a 40-60 proof vodka to the top of the leaves. Keep in cool, dry place for a few months, shaking every few days. Eventually, you will have a peppermint-empowered tincture.

I want to hear all the ways YOU use Peppermint as well! Comment here and I will update periodically!

References:

  • “Essential Oils Pocket Reference” by Life Science Publishing

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Rose Quartz

81b7fd844474950e0d91ffa3eea17bfbAh, my darling Rose Quartz. This is one of my favorite stones for its wonderful love properties.

Color: pale/powder pink

Energy: Receptive

Properties:

Peace

  • Lowers stress and brings happiness and soothing to the soul
  • Brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance as well as balancing one’s emotions; thus bringing inner peace and harmony.
  • Helps balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas, even grief, bringing peace and calm. Can help with reconciliation.
  • Can ease overwhelming or unreasonable guilt

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  • Gem of unconditional love that opens oneself to all forms of love: self-love, family love, platonic love, romantic love
  • Enhances one capability to love others as well as oneself
  • Promotes peace, happiness and fidelity in established relationships
  • Universal love; emotions; forgiveness

Healing

  • Aids in the proper functioning of the circulatory system, kidneys, adrenals, genitals, liver, lungs and heart
  • Increases fertility and protects against radiation
    • Protective during pregnancies and with childbirth
  • Assists with headaches, kidney disease, migraines, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, throat problems, depression, addictions, ear aches, slowing signs of aging, reducing wrinkles, spleen problems, fibromyalgia, and reaching one’s ideal weight and in weight loss
  • Support brain functions and increases intellect

Cleansing and Charging:

  • Never leave in full sunlight; its color will fade.
  • Charge by full moonlight

Read more on how to cleanse and charge your stones!

Ways to Use Rose Quartz:

  1. Place in your bedroom to aid in peaceful sleep.
  2. Carry on your person and rub when feeling anxious.
  3. Keep one at your place of employment to promote positive relationships and interactions. Depending on the level of stress and hostility in your work environment, you may need to cleanse this stone regularly.
  4. Place near your head to ease headaches, tension, and anger.
  5. Give to a friend or loved one to strengthen relationship. Cleanse and charge with positive energy before giving.

Check out these other great articles!

  1. Where to Buy Essential Oils
  2. How to Use Essential Oils
  3. Cleansing and Charging Stones
  4. Detox Baths

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Colors and their Meanings

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White

  • Celestial beings, Clairvoyance
  • Higher-self
  • Enlightenment, Truth, Purity
  • Protection against negativity, Healing, Purification, Consecration
  • General Work and Blessings, All-purpose color

Silver

  • Moon
  • Femininity
  • Rebirth, Reincarnation
  • Emotional stability
  • Intuition, Inner Self
  • Psychic ability/workings, Dreams, Psychicism
  • Cycles
  • Neutralizing negativity

Yellow

  • Air Element
  • Travel
  • Knowledge, Mental Powers, Mental Clarity, Intellectual Pursuits
  • Vitality
  • Change, Progress
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Cheerfulness, Joy
  • Creativity
  • Solar Plexus
  • Sun

Orange

  • Good Luck, Fortune, Success, Prosperity, Goal Achievement, Abundance, Willpower, Personal Desires, Drive
  • Charm
  • Kindness
  • Encouragement, Optimism
  • Sun, Solar Powers
  • Attraction
  • Friendship
  • Naval chakra

Brown

  • Earth Element
  • Conversation, Communication
  • Household Protection
  • Finding the Lost
  • Material Increase
  • Solid Relationships
  • Helps the inner self connect to the rhythms and energies of the Earth; Balance, Stability, Grounding
  • Animal Magic
  • Stone Magic

Copper

  • Love, Passion
  • Friendship
  • Promotion, Competition, Determination
  • Strength

Gold

  • Sun, Solar Dieties
  • Summer
  • Masculinity
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Perfection
  • Success, Luxury, Power, Wealth, Employment
  • Overcoming Addiction and/or Negativity

Turquoise

  • Change
  • Insight
  • Originality
  • Renewal
  • Brotherhood
  • Humanity

Blue

  • Air and Water Elements, Sea and Sky
  • Peace, Tranquility, Calmness
  • Truth, Wisdom, Justice, Counsel, Guidance, Sincerity, Devotion
  • Dreams, Visions, Third Eye, Sleep, Astral Projection
  • Healing
  • Empathy, Sympathy
  • Fidelity, Unity

Green

  • Earth and Water Elements, Nature
  • Fertility, Growth, Rejuvenation
  • Healing
  • Harmony, Balance
  • Hope
  • Home
  • Animals
  • Prosperity, Money, Abundance
  • Spring and Summer
  • Personal Appearance
  • Neutralize difficult situations; Calming
  • Heart Chakra
  • Great for all spells involving love

Violet/Purple

  • Spirits, Angels, Divination, Prophecy, Psychic Abilities, Third Eye, Boosts Magical Powers, Intense Spirituality, Metaphysical, Dreams, Deep Sleep, Communication with higher-level beings, Uncovering past lives
  • Healing of serious illness
  • Crown Chakra

Red

  • Fire Element
  • Love, Passion, Sexuality, Potency, Attraction, Vitality, Desire, Lust
  • War, Willpower, Determination, Aggression, Independence, Competition, Speed, Courage
  • Health
  • Blood, Cycle of Life, Death and Rebirth
  • Represents the womb blood of the Mother Goddess from which all things are born

Pink

  • Life Purpose, Life Path
  • Love, Affection
  • Spring
  • Household Peace

Black

  • Earth Element
  • Underworld
  • Banishing Evil, Protection, Breaking away from addiction, Breaking Hexes, Exorcisms, Absorbs and Dispels Negative Influences
  • Deep Meditation, Exploring the Subconscious, Mysteries, Voids, Crone Goddess
  • Healing, Curing Illness

References:

McCoy, Edain. Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring. 

Detox Baths

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We come in contact with toxins all around us on a daily basis and they build up over time, causing a myriad of side effects.

  1. Sick
  2. Muscle aches; soreness
  3. Migraines and/or headaches
  4. Fatigued
  5. Not getting enough sleep
  6. Stressed

A detox bath can be amazing when you’re sick and is also nice even if you aren’t feeling under the weather.

This bath will help eliminate toxins in your body while also absorbing the minerals and nutrients in the water. I think it’s amazing how I can literally feel the salts pulling the tension out of my feet.

Ingredients:

  1. Run the water as hot as you can handle it. Don’t scald yourself, though!
  2. Dry brush your skin before getting in to increase detox properties. (optional)
  3. When adding ginger, whether freshly grated, dried, or ginger essential oil, keep in mind that the more you add, the more you’ll sweat. That is the main ingredient in the sweating, sauna-like feeling of the intense detox bath. If you can’t handle a ton of heat (me!), tone down the ginger to an appropriate level based on your tolerance. I would say start with less, such as a dash or two of dried ginger and see how it goes.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes. You can take a longer bath if you’d like, but 20 minutes is the minimum time for the detox to work. It is encouraged to work up to 40 minutes, if possible. I have a hard time staying in that long. I normally stay in about 30 minutes. Some sources say that the first 20 minutes are used to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water. I think it all kind of happens at the same time, so go with as long as you want.
  5. Light candles. Turn off the lights and get in the tub. Your eyes will adjust to the darkness and the light from the candle will become enough. Feel free to light more candles if you wish. My favorite candles for this meditative bath are the wood-burning wick candles.
  6. With your hands and/or feet, mix the ingredients into the hot water and relax.

Optional and Advice:

  • I like to grab a clean hand towel to keep near the tub to pat my face. This bath is designed to sweat out toxins, so be prepared to sweat. That’s why I have the hand towel near.
  • Play calming music in the background. I like Native American drumming meditation.
  • Have water within reach during your bath. You are sweating and will need to replace those fluids with healthy, clean water to aid in the detox process.
  • Wine. Ok, so this is actually NOT helping you detox, but it does help with the relaxing part, so why not?
  • To further encourage the cleansing, wrap up in a robe or blanket right after getting out. You will lock in the heat and the ginger will continue to make you sweat, allowing you to detox even after you are out of the tub. I don’t usually do this, but you can if really trying to beat a sickness.
  • Sometimes, if I’ve added too much ginger or if I’ve sweated a ton, I take a cool shower right afterwards to wash off the lingering toxins and salts.
  • After you’re dried, apply some coconut oil to your skin with your choice of essential oil to aid in your needs.

*BEWARE: This bath can make you very tired and weak, as your body has been expunging itself of toxins through sweating. The removal of toxins in any way is an exhaustive process, such as massage (you know how tired you feel afterwards, even though it feels much better), dry needling, digestive detoxing, etc.

It is best to do this bath before bedtime as it can make you drowsy afterwards. It is important to drink water during and after. Any time your body detoxes, it is flushing out toxins and if you don’t replace the fluids with clean water, you could feel sick.

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