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A holiday favorite
Candy canes, they are a favorite during the holidays. They come in a variety of colors and although the majority of them are Peppermint, the flavors of candy canes are evolving too. Unfortunately, the other flavors don't have the scent of the Peppermint candy cane and the scent of Peppermint is popular in aromatherapy.
Peppermint essential oil for aromatherapy has a sweet, menthol aroma and is widely used for revitalizing, refreshing, cooling and lifting stress. Perhaps the fact that it is a holiday favorite is no coincidence that it also relieves stress.
The Past of Peppermint
The Peppermint plant is a 1-3 foot flowering herb that grows in the summer. The oil of the Peppermint plant is obtained through distilled steam of either fresh or partially dried leaves and flowers. Dating back to the Roman Empire and Egyptian Pyramid eras, Peppermint was mainly used for medicinal purposes and is still used in many products today such as teas, candy, toothpaste and cough syrup, to name just a few. Today, the United States of America produces 75% of the world's Peppermint oil.
It was in the early 1900's that Wrigley chewing gum and peppermint hard candy became available.
For many, the Holiday season can bring on anxiety and stress but you can stress less using a small amount of Peppermint essential oil for aromatherapy. The quickest and easiest way is a quick whiff of the oil from the bottle. Perhaps the whole family needs to revitalize, simply place equal drops of Peppermint essential oil, Lemon essential oil and Lavender essential oil in your home diffuser.
Should you feel like creating your own scent for gift giving, Peppermint essential oil blends well with the essential oils Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram and Tea tree.
A word of caution, Peppermint essential oil is strong and you should always read waning labels on the bottles of any essential oil.
- 1 cup Cornmeal, dry
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt, dry
- 5 drops Peppermint, essential oil
- 4 drops Tea tree, essential oil
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang, essential oil
- 3 Tablespoons Sweet Almond, carrier oil
A few steps
- Mix cornmeal and Epsom salt in a bowl.
- add the essential oils to the salt mixture in a spot of their own and mix well.
- Place mixture in a dark container with a lid and let sit in a cool, dark place for 24 hours.
- To use, mix 1/4 cup of the salt mixture to 3 tablespoons of water. When a paste is formed, massage into feet and don't forget to rinse off.