I am a firm believer in essential oils and aromatherapy. And peppermint essential oil is one of my favorites. I diffuse it to promote alertness and clarity. I use it in my homemade bug spray, and I swish it daily with my homemade mouthwash.
I've also read peppermint essential oil (links to where I get mine) is great for dealing with nausea or other digestive troubles. Thankfully, I don't often have problems in that area.
Other generalized areas that one might find relief from with the use of peppermint essential oil is stress, headache, and eye strain.
And I can now personally attest to the notion that peppermint essential oil works in relieving allergy symptoms.
Something I haven't had to deal with much in the past is allergies. But this year has been different.
Maybe it's because I'm another year older. I've been told more than once allergies get worse with age. Or maybe it's because I recently moved, and am now exposed to different types of pollen. Or maybe it's because the woods are right outside my door – closer than they have ever been.
(Not kidding. Here's a view of my warmer / diffuser sitting on a small table in front of my picture window…and the woods not far behind.)
I don't know for sure why I am suffering more this year from allergy symptoms. But the watery, grit filled eyes, the sometimes runny nose, and the scratchy throat with a slight headache are real.
I read a short article by Josh Axe at Rodale's Organic Life called 3 Essential Oils that Can Ease Your Allergies. This quote is what prompted me to try diffusing peppermint essential oil to help with my allergy symptoms:
"For adults, inhaling diffused peppermint oil can immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats."
So I did just that. And it worked. My eyes felt clear, and my sinuses were unclogged. My throat was not scratchy, and I had no headache. This all with the diffuser approximately twelve feet away.
I can see the diffusing of peppermint essential oil becoming a regular occurrence in my home as long as I'm dealing with these allergy symptoms! If you suffer, too, you might want to give it a try.
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From my pollen-filled mountaintop to yours!