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Peppermint Essential Oil –11 uses that are all in your head!

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Cool, refreshing, stimulating – the benefits and uses of Peppermint Essential Oil are abundant. But we thought it would be fun to focus specifically on what it can do to give you a heads up, literally! So here are 11 things you can do with it just from the neck up:

Headache Remedy
A natural remedy for a tension headache or migraine, you can apply a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the forehead and temples. It has the ability to relax tense muscles, improve circulation, and has an analgesic effect.

Sinus & Allergy Relief 
If your head pain is a case of sinusitis or allergies, Peppermint Essential Oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages blocked by swollen mucus membranes, allowing your sinuses to unclog and start draining. Inhaling the oil directly or using a device to diffuse it into the room can provide relief.

Hair and Scalp Health
Peppermint Essential Oil is commonly used in high quality hair care products because it can naturally nourish damaged hair. Simply add 2-3 drops to your current shampoo to tame frizzy hair. It may even thicken it, encourage new hair growth or help stop thinning and hair loss. Peppermint oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, helping to eliminate dandruff and has even been used to remove lice.

Acne Treatment
The anti-microbial properties of Peppermint Essential Oil make it an excellent ingredient to help treat acne naturally. It aids in oil secretion in skin, therefore preventing acne. It can also heal cracked lips, which is why it’s often an ingredient in lip balms.

Dental Health
It has been estimated that peppermint has been used to naturally freshen breath for well over a thousand years. To help prevent bad breath and the development of the biofilm that contributes to cavities, add 1-2 drops of therapeutic grade 100% pure Peppermint Essential Oil to your toothpaste. 

Decrease Hunger Cravings
To ward off the munchies and help you feel full faster you can take a couple of whiffs directly from the bottle of 100% pure Peppermint Essential Oil or rub a couple drops on your temples or on your neck.

Diminish Nausea 
Whether you are nauseous from pregnancy or experience nausea that is induced by chemotherapy, just rub 1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil behind your ears, or use a diffuser to help reduce nausea symptoms. 

Natural Energizer
Forget the energy drinks, instead take a few whiffs of Peppermint Essential Oil for a non-toxic alternative and it will perk you up for those times you need sustained energy.

Mental Focus
Peppermint Essential Oil stimulates the mind and can improve mental focus. It can even help those with ADHD. Add a few drops to a diffuser or mix a few drops with purified water in a spray bottle and spritz some at the base of the neck. You can even spray it on a handkerchief and inhale before study time or a test for improved concentration and alertness.

Lower a Fever
Peppermint Essential Oil has cooling properties, which make it an excellent natural alternative to bring down a fever. Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with about a quarter size amount of coconut oil and rub it on the forehead and neck. 

Sunburn Relief
The menthol in peppermint activates cold-sensitive receptors to cool burnt skin and the analgesic properties relieve the pain. If you forgot to apply sunscreen, try mixing 100% natural Peppermint Essential Oil with a bit of coconut oil and apply it directly to the skin or dilute it with a little water make a natural homemade sunburn spray.

Peppermint Essential Oil makes an excellent alternative treatment and can offer profound benefits. It can be a bit strong for some though, so we recommend mixing it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, or adding it to some purified water and spritzing can be beneficial. If you have any specific health concerns please speak to a healthcare provider before using it for therapeutic benefits. Audel Naturals recommends and carries only the highest quality 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil.