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Essential Feature: Peppermint

   Essential oils are more than just natural fragrances. Did you know essential oils may be used for emotional support, to ease physical ailments, and provide delicious flavor to an array of recipes?
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Peppermint…

Today, my blogging buddy Naty and I  are joining forces to provide you with a few simple recipes for body, mind, and belly! Today’s featured oil is peppermint.

Peppermint is one of my go-to oils. That’s saying alot because while I’m oil-obsessed, I’m also very much a minimalist who relies on just a few oils. I find myself using peppermint essential oil for various uses throughout the day. Peppermint is a special plant; in addition to casual daily use, I’ve learned it also has medicinal value. For example, when administered orally in enteric capsules, peppermint oil is even used to treat serious digestive issues!

 

 

Before we begin, I strongly encourage readers to invest in a high quality peppermint oil, that is safe for internal use. Over 80% of liquids marketed as essential oils are in fact fraudulent so please do your research, and follow Essential Oils University on social media. Now, let’s explore the many uses for peppermint.

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Morning meditation featuring moi…

I like to begin each morning with a meditation session. If I’m feeling particularly groggy, I place a few drops of peppermint oil in my bedside diffuser. Why? Peppermint not only has a lovely scent, it enhances concentration. If you’re feeling down or moody, add in a few drops of wild orange, which lifts mood and pairs perfectly with peppermint.

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A sponge filled with gentle castille soap creates the perfect medium for a refreshing peppermint-infused bathing experience.

Peppermint oil is a refreshing and energizing oil, and one of the simplest ways to enjoy peppermint’s benefits is to add a drop or two (no more) to your already soapy bath sponge.  This is something I’d recommend specifically for warm days and times you need a little pick-me-up.

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The desert is beautiful, but summer here can be a real scorcher!

Here in the desert, we have intensely hot summers; aside from remaining hydrated and rocking my super cute straw hat, one of my favorite cool down  methods  is homemade peppermint cooling mist. To make it, place 50 drops of peppermint essential oil into a 2 oz glass spray bottle; then fill the bottle  with witch hazel. When overheated,  give it a good shake and mist away. I have also used peppermint in this way to cool down a fever.  Please note, however, that this mist is NOT for the face and care should be taken to avoid getting peppermint in the eyes.

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Peppermint, my tension headache helper!

Are you prone to tension headaches? Peppermint can help. For tension headaches, I enjoy the most relief  using combining topical application and inhalation. For inhalation, I recommend five drops of peppermint essential oil in the diffuser. Sit close by to enjoy the greatest benefit. For topical application, you’ll want a 10% dilution preferably in a roller bottle for easier application. A few companies sell pre-made roll-ons, but they’re not economical and often don’t disclose the concentration rate, so I make my own. It’s fun and simple.

To make your peppermint roller:  Place 20 drops of peppermint essential oil into a 10ml bottle. Fill to the rest of the way with your chosen carrier oil (I like grapeseed because it’s incredibly light and has never caused  a negative skin reaction). Top with the roller fitment and cap, and roll the bottle between your hands to blend the ingredients. Apply to temples and neck as needed.

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Naty’s beautifully creative recipe features Young Living Essential Oil.
Doesn’t that look delicious? Peppermint may be enjoyed in the kitchen to add flavor to drinks and desserts. Today, fellow essential oil-loving vegetarian, Naty @NatyRoseBlog, has dropped in to share with us an indulgent dessert featuring today’s “oil of honor”, peppermint.  Take it away, Naty!

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Hi, everyone! It’s great to be here on Serene’s page. Isn’t she great?

You know what’s also great? Essential oils. And guess what? You can put certain types of them – in this case, peppermint – in your food to give them amazing flavor! While I’m also into wellness, I’ll leave it to Serene to tell you all about the benefits of this tasty, minty-fresh oil. You can find that on my page.

So what are we making, you ask? Let me just show you:

It looks like panna cotta, but it’s kind of different. I like to call it… a dreamcake. Creamy, smooth, slightly gelatinous, and almost custard-like. All you need is a handful of ingredients, and there’s only one that you might not have on hand. It’s called Agar agar, and it’s basically a vegetarian substitute for gelatin! Don’t have it? We can remedy that with Now Foods Agar Agar, readily available in most health food markets and online!

 

Are you ready for the recipe? Here you go:

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Peppermint Chocolate Dreamcake

Ingredients:

* 1 cup cashews, soaked for 30 min. and then rinsed. Dispose of the water

* 6 medjool dates, soaked for 30 min. in 3/4 cup of water (keep this – you’ll put this into the blender with the dates)

* 3-4 Tbsp. cocoa powder

* 2 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar

* pinch of salt

1 drop peppermint oil (make sure it’s food grade and from a trusted company)

* 1/2 tsp. agar agar

* 1/2 cup water

Directions:

1) Throw all the ingredients except for the last two into the blender. Blend until smooth, and take a taste.

2) In a very small saucepan, place agar into 1/2 cup of water and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. If it boils a lot, that’s totally fine.

3) You need to act quick with this part! Pour the hot agar mixture into the blender with remaining ingredients. Blend thoroughly, and then pour into a greased, medium-sized bowl.

4) Place into the fridge, covered, for at least an hour. Mixture should begin to firm up rather quickly.

5) When ready, jiggle the bowl back and forth a bit to loosen up the dreamcake. Turn bowl upside down onto your serving platter. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve.

This dish stores well in the fridge.

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There you have it, an array of uses for peppermint oil. Isn’t it amazing that so many answers to everyday ailments can be found in nature? We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s peppermint extravaganza.

                   🍃  -Serene and Naty

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27106030/

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