It has been one of those days in Melbourne where the rain doesn’t abate and the cold gets in through every crack. The kind of day that deserves a hot cup of tea, maybe some Kale and Chorizo soup and a warm blanket. So when my sister came home an hour ago to grab her overnight bag and change her sopping wet shoes before rushing off to a wedding (on a day like this?? yep) I grabbed her carry cup, added a drop of YL Peppermint Essential Oil and topped it up with hot water..
Now i know what you are going to say – is it safe to drink these oils?? And the answer is a resounding yes. The process in which they are grown and distilled is the purest you can imagine and the health benefits show through – one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent nutritionally to 27 cups of peppermint tea.. and the smell.. divine..
Now Peppermint isn’t the best for a cold rainy day i’ll agree – it is cooling to the system, however in our household we use peppermint for everything and after the morning she’d had, I knew it would be comforting. Also, with her driving off into this weather I feel more comfortable knowing she is superdooper alert now as it is brilliant when you are feeling tired. A study at the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental alertness by 28%.
It has the added benefit of being wonderful for the digestive system, and has shown to curb appetite (thus is great sniffed prior to eating to stop overeating and assist with weightloss) and is great for pain – a recent study at the University of Kiel found that peppermint blocked headache pain though its anti-inflammatory actions, so along with its antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, and respiratory effects its kind of amazing that one simple herb can be an all round healer..
Below is an excerpt from Life Science Publishings: Essential Oils Reference. (My apologies, I don’t have a scanner at the moment :) )
What’s your favourite oil?