Stomach Ache and Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is a sweet, highly fragrant essential oil with a long tradition of easing digestive problems.
Stomach and digestive complaints are some of the most commonly medicated problems in the US. Many cultures around the world have used herbs and spices to treat digestive problems from heartburn to diarrhea for many years.
Essential oils, the 'life blood' of plants (herbs) are a potent substance that is recommended today by many natural practitioners to boost the efficiency of the digestive system. Jean Valnet, M.D. Studied peppermint's effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Peppermint is one of the most popular and pleasant tasting of the essential oils to calm the digestive problems.
Peppermint can be used several ways.
- Massage over the stomach and belly to help relieve indigestion, nausea, gas, heartburn, cramps, or bloating. Apply only 2 or 3 drops...as essential oils are very potent and a little goes a long way. The peppermint oil can be mixed with several drops of a carrier oil - like olive oil -if desired.
Internally by mouth can be done several ways as well. You may simply put a drop of the oil on your tongue or put 1 or 2 drops in water or tea and drink. You may also put several drops in a vegetable capsule and swallow.
Aromatherapy using a cold diffuser.
A word of caution with peppermint oil.
It is important to avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, sensitive skin, or fresh wounds. Never apply on infants younger than 18 months of age! Never give internally in children under 6 years old.If you are pregnant or are under a doctors care check with them before using essential oils.
There are several other advantages that can be gained by peppermint essential oil. It has anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, pain reliever, can curb appetite, and improves concentration by inhaling or diffusing.
Apply to bottom of feet or rub a drop on temples for headache relief
Put several drops on the bottom of feet to relieve fever
Diffuse peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and inhale peppermint oil during test to improve retention
Massage several drops on a closed area of injury or bruise to help reduce inflammation
Mix one 15ml bottle of essential oil to a gallon of paint to dispel the fumes
To kill aphids on plants mix 4 or 5 drops in 4 ounces of water and mist on plant
Place a drop of peppemint oil on tongue to stop bad breath
Remove tick by putting a few drops of oil on Q-tip and swab over tick..remove in a few seconds when it pull up his head
Rub a few drops on joints to relieve arthritis or tendinitis pain
Aways Make Sure You Are Using Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
It is important to use only therapeutic grade essential oils when using topically, inhaling or taking internally. Many essential oils have addatives and chemicals that could be harmful if using them internally. Know your manufacturer even if the bottle says 100% natural – that does not guarantee that is therapeutic grade. Young Living Essential Oils are the highest quality and have been recommended by essential oil experts as Daniel Penoel, MD, an international Authority on Essential Oils.
Reference: Essential Oils Desk Reference, Third Edition.