Fight the Flu with Peppermint!

Peppermint Essential Oil for Stomachache Headache and Body Ache

Mark came down with the flu this past Sunday, and spent most of his time in bed sleeping. Then came the body aches, fever, chills, and stomach pains. I had just purchased some essential oils on Amazon while we were in the States, and this was the first time I was able to try them for the flu. I was a tad sceptical at first, but now I am loving Plant Therapy’s peppermint essential oil. I’m not an all-out all-natural person, mainly because of cost, but this oil was affordable and way healthier (and cheaper) than taking Tylenol or NyQuil in my opinion!

I used a mixture of peppermint EO  (1-2 drops) and coconut oil (1 tsp – 1 Tbsp) for when Mark had headaches, body aches, stomachaches, and to reduce fever and he definitely noticed a difference! He said that the peppermint worked us as great as the Tylenol, and that after I put the oil on his stomach he was finally able to fall asleep.

Did you know that peppermint EO has the same effect as 1000mg of Tylenol? It has also been proven to inhibit strains of Staphylococcus, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Helicobacter pylori (Imai et al., 2001).

Peppermint oil is not recommended for kids under 6 years of age or for nursing moms. (High menthol content in an essential oil, as found in Japanese peppermint and Peppermint, can slow breathing in very young children. Mint is also known to decrease milk production). However, many people do use diluted peppermint oil on their children’s feet for fevers. Also, contact an aromatherapist before using while pregnant.

Other uses for peppermint essential oils:

  • Mix with 1 tsp of coconut/olive oil and rub on wrists and abdomen for motion sickness
  • Mix with lavender oil and put on bug bites to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Use in home-made hand sanitizer
  • Use in homemade insect repellant
  • Use to repel ants, mice, and spiders
  • Inhale for mental clarity and energy boost
  • Rub EO on joints to relieve arthritis pain

I’m looking forward to using my other essential oils from Plant Therapy, and will share any that I have found super beneficial to our family!

Disclaimers: I did not receive monetary compensation from Plant Therapy for my review, I just did research and really like their oils! I am also not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have any questions regarding these or other oils – please contact a certified aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

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