Peppermint essential oils – my favorite!

Ever hit your head?  Or bumped an elbow?  Oh!  Does it smart…right?!  I’ve learned to grab a bottle of quality Peppermint Oil, apply a drop and my pain goes away…I’m serious!   What is your favorite essential oil and how/when do you use it?

Below is a really good article that summarizes the best uses for Peppermint Essential Oil:

By Dr. Mercola

As we approach the season of candy canes and peppermints, it’s a perfect time to pay homage to the medicinal herb that gives these winter treats their flavor: peppermint.

Far from just a flavoring for candies, the therapeutic effects of fresh peppermint leaves and peppermint essential oil have been known since ancient times, and its aromatic aroma has come to symbolize hospitality in many cultures. According to GreenMedInfo:1

“Dried peppermint leaves have even been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dating back to 1,000 BC.”

Today, modern research has continued to prove what these ancient cultures already know, which is that peppermint is one of nature’s most valuable herbal remedies.

21 Health Benefits of Peppermint

Why might you want to add peppermint to your natural medicine chest? Here are 21 valuable uses for this therapeutic plant.2

1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint oil capsules have been described as “the drug of first choice” in IBS patients,3 as it safely helps alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 percent of patients who tried it.4

2. Colonic Spasm and Gas

Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs like Buscopan for reducing colonic spasms.5 It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain. Try peppermint oil or leaves added to tea for gas relief.

3. Gastric Emptying Disorders

In people with functional gastrointestinal disorders, peppermint may be useful to enhance gastric emptying.6

4. Functional Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach and Indigestion)

Supplementing with 90 milligrams (mg) of peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, “much or very much improved” symptoms of functional dyspepsia in 67 percent of patients.7 If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added.

5. Infantile Colic

Peppermint is at least as effective as simethicone in the treatment of colic in infants.8

6. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage

Peppermint water helped to prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers.9

7. Tuberculosis

Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helped to rapidly regress tuberculosis inflammation, with researchers suggesting it may help prevent recurrences and exacerbation of the disease.10

8. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Extracts from peppermint leaves may inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.11

9. Shingles-Associated Pain

A topical treatment of peppermint oil resulted in near-immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain, with the results lasting for two months of follow-up treatment.12

10. Memory Problems

The aroma of peppermint has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.13

11. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea

Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.14

12. Prostate Cancer

Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.15

13. Radiation Damage

Peppermint may protect against DNA damage and cell death caused by radiation exposure.16

14. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

Peppermint has been shown to help inhibit drug-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1.17

15. Dental Cavities and Bad Breath

Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities.18 Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste.

16. Respiratory Benefits

Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms.

17. Headaches

Peppermint oil may help relieve tension headache pain. For headache pain, try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.

18. Stress

Peppermint oil is cooling and energizing. Add a few drops to your bath, or dap a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for near-instant stress relief. You can also put the oil into a burner for a stress-relieving aroma.

19. Hair and Skin

Try blending peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, bodywash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help cool your skin and remove dandruff (and lice) from your scalp.

20. Asthma

Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary), which may help to reduce inflammation-causing chemicals in people with asthma.

21. Muscle Pain

Peppermint may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging its essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your bath water for muscle pain relief.

Peppermint 101: A Quick History and How to Use It

Peppermint comes from the mint plant (there are about 25 different species of mint), and is actually a natural hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint. In addition to its medicinal properties, mint leaves were rubbed on tables to welcome guests in Greece, and mint tea is still customarily offered to arriving guests in the Middle East.19

When selecting peppermint for your own use, the fresh leaves will impart a superior flavor to dried leaves (such as for use in tea). Look for fresh leaves that are green in color without any dark spots or yellowing. In addition to using fresh mint leaves in tea, you can add them to soups, fruit salad or gazpacho. Peppermint essential oil is also widely available, as is peppermint extract in supplement form.

The essential oil is ideal for muscle and chest rubs, headache pain, dental care and aromatherapy. You can even add it to your homemade cleaning supplies for extra antimicrobial power and natural fragrance.

If you want to give the therapeutic properties of peppermint a try, simply add a drop or two of natural peppermint extract or a few crushed mint leaves into a glass of pure water (either iced or hot). For even more therapeutic punch, and with flu season upon us, try a tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.

 

Confused? To many products to choose from? This is what we do, and why…

There is a lot out there!  Here is a quick summary of how I see things.

Why Juice Plus:  it is whole food that provides all the veggies and fruits along with the phytonutrients (supplements do not), it is a base for your nutrition so supplements are more able to be absorbed.

Why Youngevity:  it is a whole nutritional supplement.  With this you are avoiding fractionated nutrition – some of this, some of that.

Why Essential Oils:  they help with temporary relief for this and that.   Our favorite is Frankincense – healing, calming…great stuff!

Water – some with a lemon slice, some without – a good balance to help your body balance the alkalinity and acidity in our body, which boosts your immune system, which is one of the factors to help avoid inflammation, cancers and chronic disease.

Fermented foods – help your stomach as much as possible will do the same as the water comment from above.  The more you help your stomach, by giving it easily digested foods, you are naturally boosting your immune system.  Go Sauerkraut!

With these bits of this and that, along with a lot of prayer, I feel confident our family should remain very healthy both physically and mentally.

If you would like to add any comments, please do so!  Thank you!

The cost to juice

Warning:  Advertisement…but I have to share what I learned!

Have you ever thought about how much would it cost to juice 30 organic fruits and veggies for one person for one day?   I had to find out!   So, the other day I went to a grocery store – one that typically has the largest selection of organic foods.  Are you sitting down?  If not, sit…seriously, I was shocked.

…I could only find 16 items (the banana wasn’t even organic).  It cost me $24.18 for 16 single servings – yes, for one person for one day.  OUCH!   Who can afford to do that everyday?  You’d have to own a grocery store (Robin?) and take home the outdated produce – well, that is what I would do.  Even though many of the nutrients are lost the older the produce gets.

If you are looking for a proven ~$2/day option without shopping, washing, cutting, and clean up… click on Juice Plus <–right there!  We did and I’m so thankful for what I know.

WHY is it important to have such a variety of organic fruits and veggies?   Here are somethings I learned:

  • We need 7-13 servings of fruits and veggies every day.   (Serving size is the size of your fist.)  It used to be only 5 recommended servings in ~1950, recommendation changed because the food has less in it now.
  • Getting a good variety every day with Juice Plus (30 ORGANIC fruits, vegetables and grains), reduces your risk of cancer.    I can’t even imagine trying to juice that much…what a mess!
  • An apple has 10-12,000 phyto-nutrients…a multivitamin with its 10 – 30 ingredients pales in comparison.
  • A lab tech was at a Juice Plus meeting.  She tested her blood while starting on the product and watch her HDL jump…that is good.  :o)  That cemented her commitment to the product.
  • Juice Plus is an almost all organic whole food not a supplement.  It is absorbed, reduces oxidative stress, reduces inflammation (root of most diseases), supports the immune system (because this is a predigested product – like sauerkraut), protects your DNA and more!
  • About the tower garden (you could put this on your patio!)…uses 90% less water, food grows very fast…  Ladies were bragging about getting so much produce, they are giving it away to the neighbors!  I haven’t gotten much from our garden yet…  :/
  • Doctors, who understand nutrition, are prescribing this to their patients.
  • There are 35 independent studies…and those studies are very interesting…I can’t remember, but there was a significant fact, that even though they were independent, they all had at least one same positive conclusion…I’ll have to ask!
  • With your Juice Plus Trio shipment you will get 4 months for ~$284 or ~$71/month.  They also have granola bars and shakes…yum!   Remember what you learned up above… cost for 16 veggie and fruits, you would need to spend about $25/day or $750/month.  OUCH!

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Autism…what can we do? Just a start…to get us thinking!

Today I saw a post on Facebook  on Autism from a kids point of view.   I wish I would have seen that years ago – so I could have had more empathy for parents and their children suffering from this.

Just think, not that long ago 1 in 10,000 kids were diagnosed with autism. Today 1/50 or fewer are diagnosed.    Thank you for coming my blog to help each other get real about this tough topic.

Today, let’s start to unravel what the conspiracy theorists say (I tend to agree with them on this topic) …

Vaccines?  That is what I’ve always understood is the major cause.  Vaccines have many preservatives in them that may be causing this issue.  A friend shared with me that by just lengthening the time between vaccines, these types of health issues may be avoided.

The MMR specifically…give one more year between dosages.

You can question the docs… they are normal people just like you and me.  If you don’t get the answer that makes you comfortable, don’t have the vaccine administered until you are comfortable.  You question what oil they put in your car, right?  Question what they put in your child’s body.

Spread out the vaccines.  Don’t do the bundle!  Who Cares if it saves you money and time.  Your child is worth spending that extra hour at the doctors office.

Glysophates (nasty Round-up) in our food.  The increase in this on our foods is causing health issues…including autism.  EAT ORGANIC!  As much as possible – please.

  • Comment below if you want to listen to a story about an 8 yr old with severe autism who, 11 years later, graduated from high school with honors and is now off to college studying biomedical engineering.  

I am a Mom with a Mission!  Flood your body with Fruits and Veggies, I can tell you how.

This is just a small start to this seriously big problem.  Don’t avoid talking about it, that is the best start…we need to help educate each other on this issue.  This  virus and that virus will come and go.  Autism is here to stay, let’s do something about this today.

Let’s do something to help stop this and to help those suffering with this.

What have you learned?  Please share by making a comment.