By Hilde H. Olsen
A cool friend to have around!
Are you one of those that set new year’s resolutions? And among the maybe, -you would like to start living a healthier life, -get out into nature more, -and to eat healthy home made meals, -and maybe even detox as part of it? You wouldn’t be alone, I know I did too! I am going to share with you one of the little, but very powerful tools that can help you succeed with your resolutions. I have promised myself to remember to take this oil on a daily basis. I used to take it for a long time, but then I kind of forgot about it, but I am now feeling called to this oil again. It is the the essential oil of Peppermint from Young Living, and I chose Young Living because they make therapeutic grade oil, which basically is the best one. 100% pure. So while that is a treat in itself, I would like to talk a bit deeper about the Peppermint oil, as it very versatile, and it has been around for a long time, it is one of the oldest oils we know.
It has been around for long, but is still so fresh!
Peppermint oil has been recognised for thousands of years to aid digestion, and to soothe the stomach and intestines. It has been highly regarded as a digestive stimulant, and even modern scientist are intrigued by it, if we go by the sheer number of research done on this oil, both on it’s effect on digestion, liver, gall bladder and the other internal organs, but also on the respiratory system. One report states peppermint’s ability to affect the brain directly by triggering the satiety centre which regulates the sensation of fullness after meals. This is super interesting information after all the Christmas dinners and parties I think!
Peppermint oil has been found in different studies to be anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic (worms), anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antifungal, and also pain relieving.
To benefit from the digestive supporting properties, one can use the oil in many different ways. I like to add one drop of oil to a liter of water. I keep the water in a glass bottle and drink it during the day. Also another obvious one is to add a drop to your freshly pressed fruit juice, your smoothies or your nut-milks. Your stomach will love you for this, I think you will quickly feel just how supportive this oil is. Another great way to take the oil is to add 1-5 drops of oil in a vegetable capsule (I get them too from Young Living website, and I use them every day, they really come in handy). I find that by using it this way, the oil helps to detox and aid the digestion.
My favorite fruit juice with Peppermint
- 1/4 Watermelon, depending on size
- 1 Lime peeled, or 1/4 with peel
- 1 drop of Peppermint
The fresh aroma of Peppermint seems to be a quick “pick me up” when you feel tired and exhausted. It gives a feeling of opening the airways when you breathe it in, and as it reaches the brain through the blood brain barrier, you will feel more focused and alert. It is popular among students to use before their exams. Research shows that Peppermint oil inhaled before performing a task, stimulates the focus, performance and heightens attention. It has also been found to reduce headache.
If you would like to try Peppermint oil in your home, I would recommend to make this very simple and easy Peppermint room spray. I just boil 1-2 dl of water and pour it into some small spray bottles I have, then I add a few drops of Peppermint oil to the water as it cools. Then just spray around your house, to uplift the energy of your home. It is very refreshing!
Note; avoid contact with eyes, sensitive skin, and mucus membranes. It is considered a hot oil.
I really hope you feel inspired to try out the wonder of nature, to support your health and your home. Please contact me for further information on how to get a hold of the oils.