Cool, refreshed, rejuvenated.
Those are a few words that come to mind when I think of peppermint. And those are a few words I need when it's over 90 degrees outside (I'm a scarf and boots kinda gal). When the temperature rises and your energy drops, treat yourself to peppermint essential oil and get that pep back in your step.
Named after an ancient Greek mythical character Minthe, mint has been used for thousands of years in both food and herbal medicine. There's quite a few types of mints growing on this planet, but the most common ones in our neck of the woods are spearmint and peppermint.
Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the plant's flowering tops and is made up of two major parts, menthol and menthone. This minty fresh combo is known to be cooling and astringent, which is why peppermint is one of the main flavor ingredients in breath mints and toothpastes. Peppermint's cooling ability also makes a great addition to various balms and beat-the-heat body sprays.
So how does peppermint essential oil cool? Hold on...I'm about to get all nerdy up in here. The menthol in peppermint essential oil wakes up the cold-sensitive receptors in your skin. No joke. This is the reason you feel a cooling sensation when you use products with peppermint essential oil in it. Crazy, right?
In aromatherapy, breathing in the sweet minty aroma of peppermint is known to energize, reduce anxiety, and chase away mental cobwebs, leaving you feeling cool and ready to kick some butt. Peppermint essential oil is definitely a busy gal's bff!
Try this DIY cooling recipe with peppermint essential oil so you can beat the summer heat and kick up your mood, naturally!
Note: Peppermint essential oil should never be used in its undiluted form, which can cause skin irritations. Mint oil is extremely strong and should only be used diluted and as part of a recipe
Super Chill Down Body Spray™
Combine all ingredients in clean spray bottle. Keep in the fridge and shake well before spritzing, avoid using near face and eyes. Since these are fresh ingredients be sure to use your spray within 7-10 days.
If you want to skip the DIY, no worries, I have it D.I.Done for you! Treat yourself to these specialty soaps made with peppermint oils and get your cooling down and your energy up.
Do you like to use mint in the summer to beat the heat? Let me know -- post a comment below.
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