Peppermint Essential Oil Helps You Keep Your Cool

imageIt’s the last Monday of the month, and time for Footsteps in Eden Reflexology’s essential oils feature. Once again Connie Scheel provides a wealth of information. Her topic this month: Peppermint Essential Oil. We believe you will find this information quite interesting and useful.

Traffic. What do you associate with this word? Anxiety? Annoyance? Anger? Irritation? Have you experienced road rage, or been a victim of it? You’re not alone. Road rage has more than doubled in the last five years as reported in “Road Rage Epidemic” by ABC News. Road rage is touching most of our lives, but keeping our cool may be just a drop of peppermint essential oil (EO) away.

Yes, here’s yet another amazing use for powerful peppermint essential oil. In a fascinating 2006 study by researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, the scent of “peppermint was specifically shown to lower levels of anxiety related to the extended driving. … The study builds on Dr. Raudenbush’s past research, which indicated the odors of peppermint and cinnamon enhance motivation, performance, and alertness; decrease fatigue; and serve as central nervous system stimulants.”

These kinds of studies really excite me as they offer scientific support of aromatherapy and essential oils. I’m hoping for more of these studies that encourage people to reach for natural remedies like essential oils, reflexology, massage, and herbs. Unfortunately, drug companies don’t spend money studying them because essential oils and herbs are wholly natural and therefore cannot be patented.

You can easily start using peppermint EO in your car by placing a drop or two of Young Living’s peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and wedge it into the vent in your car. Add a drop every other day to keep it fresh. If you’d rather, you could mix 1 drop of peppermint EO with ¼ teaspoon of carrier oil (organic olive oil, Young Living’s V-6, organic coconut nut oil, or almond oil) and rub it into the back of your neck and shoulders.

The natural beauty of peppermint EO is that it offers a wide variety of benefits. So while you’re reducing your anxiety while driving you’ll also be reducing fatigue and travel sickness while improving your mental alertness — all valuable bonuses when you’re in the car!

Do you want even more bang out of your peppermint? Breathing in the peppermint aroma from that cotton ball in your car vent may also relieve headaches as well as offer relief for nasal congestion, sinusitis, coughing bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold.

If the last days of summer have you wishing for Autumn and you feel as if you’re melting consider a peppermint cool mist. Mix 10 drop of Young Living’s peppermint EO with water in a spray bottle. Mist yourself throughout the day. This mix may quickly become a good friend if you experience hot flashes or spend a lot of time outdoors.

May peppermint EO usher peace and Wellness into your car, and your life!

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