Peppermint is a wonderful little plant with many benefits from both its leaves and its oil. From health issues to house cleaning, peppermint offers many lesser known uses. Let’s get straight to it.
- Clean carpets and fabrics
If your carpets, sofas and other furniture don’t smell too good, mix a few drops of baking soda with peppermint essential oil. Sprinkle it on the carpet or furniture and leave it for a few hours. You can then vacuum it up to get a fresher scent.
- Keep pests away
Most insects and pests don’t like the smell of mint. A few drops around windows, doors and cracks in the house will keep pests away.
- Reduce nausea.
If you feel nauseous, try sniffing peppermint essential oil or putting a few drops in a diffuser. Peppermint is known to help many people combat the symptoms of nausea.
- Promotes healthy hair
Many people swear by mixing a few drops of peppermint oil into their shampoo in the shower. It is said to remove dandruff and make hair stronger, longer and shinier.
- A bug-free backyard
There’s nothing worse than being swarmed by mosquitoes on a relaxing evening in the front or backyard. Insects hate the smell of mint, so planting some mint plants in your garden will help keep them away.
- Fight acne
To get rid of acne and blemishes, mix a few drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil and apply to the affected area of the skin using a cotton ball or cotton pad. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.
- Energy booster
Feeling a little low on energy? Try a few puffs of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is said to improve concentration, increase energy and boost blood flow to the brain.
- Soothe itchy insect bites
Peppermint oil is particularly good for soothing itchy skin caused by insect bites. Simply mix a few drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply to insect bites and itchy areas.
- Soothe a sore throat
If your throat becomes dry, itchy or sore, drink peppermint tea. The peppermint in peppermint tea relieves pain and inflammation and also fights infection.
- Relieves headaches
If you have a headache, try rubbing a few drops of diluted peppermint oil on your temples, forehead and the back of your neck.
- Deodorise your bathroom
Want to create a simple, subtle air freshener for your bathroom? Simply place a few drops of peppermint oil inside a toilet paper roll. This oil will keep your washroom clean and smelling fresh.
- For muscle pains
If you have muscle pain, mix a few drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage the area of concern. It feels great and smells great.