Mint Essential Oil: Top Health Benefits

 

 

Open your kitchen cabinet, and you’ll probably find a bottle of mint oil extract.

 

It’s a common flavoring used for baking, especially around the holiday season.

 

What a lot of people don’t know is that mint essential oil provides numerous health benefits.

 

Mint oil is one of hundreds of different types of essential oils, and is by far one of the most popular.

 

It’s been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for its spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.

 

The oil is extracted through a careful steam distillation and cold-pressing process.

 

Because of this process, the oil is far more powerful than the mint plant from which it is extracted.

 

This is what gives natural mint oil the ability to soothe and heal.

 

I recommend using natural mint oil because of its holistic medicinal properties.

 

Don’t let common ailments such as muscle pain, upset stomach, and sunburn keep you feeling down.

 

Instead, check out some common problems you can solve by using mint oil.

 

Muscle Pain Relief

 

Mint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties.

 

This powerful combo makes it the perfect oil for soothing muscle aches and pains.

 

It also works well to get rid of painful muscle spasms.

 

How to Use It

 

Make a hot or cold mint oil compress to relieve your pain. Simply add 2 drops of oil to a pint of either warm or cold water.

 

Then use a compress cloth, dip it into the water/oil mixture, and hold the compress on the painful area.

 

For more intense pain, you can apply one drop of mint oil and massage it into your skin around the inflamed and painful area.

 

Upset Stomach Relief

 

Ease a nauseous stomach with mint oil. It works thanks to its calming and numbing effect.

 

Once ingested, mint relaxes your stomach muscles, which helps elevate the feeling of a queasy tummy.

 

How to Use It

 

This remedy works well when you mix 2 to 3 drops of mint oil into a cup of tea. Be sure to slowly sip the tea so you don’t upset your stomach further.

 

If tea isn’t your thing, place one drop of mint oil on your tongue, and then press it to the roof of your mouth.

 

Let it absorb into your system.

 

Last but not least, if you don’t feel you can ingest anything, place a few drops of the oil on your wrists and temples.

 

Inhale the scent of the oil consistently. It should provide some relief.

 

Natural Bug Repellant

 

Bugs don’t care for the smell of mint. That makes mint oil a wonderful deterrent against mosquitoes and flying insects.

 

As an added benefit, mint is a natural cooling agent and will help you stay cool while outside.

 

How to Use It

 

Easily make bug spray by adding 10 to 15 drops of mint oil into a spray bottle with 12 ounces of water.

 

If the bugs are still biting, rub a few drops of the undiluted oil on your forearms, legs, and neck.

 

Sunburn Relief

 

Mint oil is an all-natural coolant. This coolant helps lower the temperature of your skin, which provides relief from painful burns.

 

It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it the perfect oil to use when sunburn causes irritation on your skin.

 

How to Use It

 

Start with  ½ cup of melted coconut oil. Add in 10-15 drops of mint oil. Stir together and apply it to your skin like lotion.

 

Natural Energizer

 

The smell of mint stimulates your senses.

 

It enhances the focus of your brain and provides clarity to your thinking. It’s an all-natural energizer that awakens both your body and mind.

 

How to Use It

 

Smelling mint stimulates the trigeminal nerve, and improves your energy levels.

 

Enjoy the smell of mint by brewing a cup of mint tea, adding a few drops of the oil into your bath or shower, or simply rubbing a few drops onto your neck or wrists.

 

There are many things you can do with mint oil to improve your health and take care of your body naturally.

 

Please note though, that mint oil is not a substitute for proper medical care.

 

If you are experiencing extreme pain, exhaustion, or any other ailment, see your doctor immediately.

 

Check out more tips for naturally soothing aches, pains, and common problems here.

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