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3 Essential Oils that Heal

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2. Peppermint

Botanical name: Mentha piperita

Why I keep it around:

Peppermint is an uplifting and bright essential oil known for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and decongestant properties. I find it most useful though when I have a cold or headache.

When applied to the chest during a cold,  peppermint opens and soothes the lungs. For a headache I apply a small amount, diluted in a carrier oil, to my fingertips and massage into the temples. If peppermint oil is a bit strong for you, you can create a mix with lavender to mellow the cooling effects of the peppermint. I’ve used this mix a number of times and it does the trick along with adding the calming benefit of lavender.

Other uses: Peppermint oil is used to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms/pain, asthma, intestinal gas and more. It is also a good expectorant. Peppermint oil also contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It can be ingested in small quantities when it is of food grade quality.

Contraindications: Peppermint cools by constricting the capillaries and needs to be used in low dilutions. One or two drops in a bath, for massage or other skin applications is plenty. Spot test your skin with a diluted version of the peppermint oil before treating larger areas. It is also not recommended for people suffering from heartburn or gallbladder inflammation.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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2:21AM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

great information , thanks

2:19PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

How fortunate to be reading this excellent article by someone with the surname "Fortunati"! Thanks for posting, Alisa! My whole family swears by, for example, the healing effects of Tea Tree Oil.
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11:35AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Thank you for the article.

4:21PM PDT on Sep 24, 2014

Peppermint oil also keeps mice and rats away. Just sprinkle a few drops in a room once or twice a week.

2:49PM PDT on Sep 24, 2014

love them

9:35AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

I find this to be a very helpful article on natural essential oils. Been using essential oils for many years now, and they truly are wonderful. Lavender is my very favorite, and I'm sure alot of people feel that way, too. To save money, buying online from a dependable vendor is a way I've done it for a long time, do be careful and don't buy fragrance oils but Essential Oils, there is a huge difference and it is essential oils that give the most healthy benefits. The three essential oils featured in this article do work very well for many issues in a natural way.

5:17AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

No every fat is bad

8:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Thanks

3:45AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

Thank you

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