Guest Post by Jenn Rowland
Today’s post will cover uses for Lavender and Peppermint essential oil. Remember that I’m talking doTERRA oils here, and they are different because they are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). I believe they represent the most pure and potent oils you will find anywhere on the market today.
This oil is most commonly known for it’s ability to calm and relax, but there is so much more to lavender. It acts as an analgesic, anti-histamine, antiseptic, and it is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, just to name a few of it’s properties!
How we use Lavender
Lavender is amazing for bug bites, bee stings, scarring and burns. It can be applied directly on the skin, and will take the sting/burn away almost instantly! (That said, every body is different and will respond differently to essential oils. I have found frankincense works better for me on a burn but most of my family would choose lavender.) We use it to calm and help our little ones fall asleep at night, just a drop or two on the corner of their pillow. In combination with lemon and peppermint, lavender has helped alleviate allergy symptoms (seasonal/pets) in my husband and kids – amazing, and no side effects!
Another commonly used oil, peppermint is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, invigorating and more…
How we use Peppermint
For an upset stomach, gas, bloating – really for any digestive issue – we rub a couple of drops directly on the the area, and feel it working in about 10-15 seconds. You could also add a drop to a large glass of water and drink it. Just a small amount will do – one drop of doTERRA’s peppermint oil has the same potency as 28 cups of peppermint tea! We also love peppermint for headaches – a little on the temples, forehead, back of the neck or wherever the pain is. It will lower the body temperature quickly which makes it ideal for fevers – just rub on the spine and bottoms of the feet as often as you need to- no side effects and no need to wait 4 hours for the next dose. At a class a few months back, one of the guests arrived from her morning run and was overheated and sweating. We put some peppermint on the back of her neck, and within 5 or 10 minutes, she had to put her jacket on! It is very soothing mixed with lavender and water in a spray bottle to relieve a sunburn, or on it’s own to cool you off on a hot day. We have also used it for sore muscles and pain- just rub it on topically. Another benefit of peppermint is that it helps with focus and alertness. I’ve used it while driving to keep me awake – just inhale straight from the bottle, or rub it on the back of the neck and temples. It’s also great for kids doing homework and for waking them up in the morning!
If you are wondering where to start with essential oils, this is it! doTERRA offers a trio kit of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint, and as you can see these three oils will help with so many issues without overwhelming you. Visit my blog or website for more info, or send me an email with your questions.