Botany for the Body recipe with peppermint

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by Terri Nacke, Eco-ista / La Bella Terre, Botany for the Body

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Posted on August 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:50 PM

URL keywords: botany-body-peppermint-recipe Title: Botany for the Body Recipe with Peppermint

Recipe Ingredients:

- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) - Organic - From Leaf - Top Note Harvested in United States

Peppermint recipe

Botany for the Body recipe with peppermint - There are many uses for peppermint essential oil that just may shift your minty minds.

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Aroma: Zingy, grassy, menthol fragrance.

Mind: invigorates, lifting mood, can aid in relieving shock, apathy, and feelings of helplessness.

Body and Home:

Great for tired feet, promoting circulation.

Astringent, counteracting oiliness of skin and hair.

Repels mosquitoes and other insects.

Features: The herb Peppermint grows into a neat mound of dark green, lance-shaped leaves, with small pink flowers in season. Pungent and aromatic, organic essential oil of Peppermint stimulates, invigorates and refreshes the senses. One of the most popular essential oils, Peppermint promotes health when used in treating digestive, respiratory, and circulatory problems.

Properties: - Analgesic - Antispasmodic - Antiseptic - Astringent - Digestive - Decongestant - Expectorant - Insecticide

Uses: - Skin Softener - Asthma - Bronchitis - Sinusitis - Indigestion - Migraines - Muscular aches - Numbness of limbs

Combines with: - Lavender - Cedar - Rosemary - Eucalyptus - Tea Tree

Precautions: - Avoid sun exposure. - May irritate skin.

Peppermint... Not Just for Candy Canes Anymore!

There are many uses for peppermint essential oil that just may shift your minty minds. Before you create any of these mint-a-licious recipes, be sure you are getting a quality peppermint essential oil from a reputable source. Look for organic or wild-crafted.

Citrus Mint Cooler

Make a pitcher of this lemonade with a twist.

1 cup minty simple syrup (1 cup Agave Nectar including, 2 drops Peppermint Essential oil) 2 cups fresh lemon juice (or the juice of about 12 lemons) 1 bottle (33.8 ounce) sparkling water Mix all of the ingredients in a glass pitcher. Add some lemon slices and fresh mint leaves and ice. Tis Beautiful and refreshing! Add an extra citrus kick by using the juice of one orange and orange slices.

Cooling Mist to Combat the" Summer Blizzards"< /strong>

2 ounce bottle with an atomizer lid 30 drops Peppermint essential oil 2 ounces Distilled Water or Witch Hazel Shake well Store in the refrigerator, mist to your heart's content

Migraine Chaser

Blend 3 drops peppermint essential oil with 3 drops lavender essential oil, dilute in 1 Tablespoon of Jojoba oil and apply to temples to ease your migraines. Store in a 15 ML dram vial, with an orifice reducer for an easy drop application.

Driving aid

If you ever get sleepy behind the wheel, try a little peppermint to perk you up. On a tissue, place 2 drops peppermint essential oil and 2 drops lemongrass essential oil. Tuck the tissue into your car's vent and inhale your way to mental alertness. Keep in mind, one of the fun things about peppermint is that it can be relaxing or stimulating depending on what you blend it with.

Ant Repellent

Apply peppermint essential oil to areas where ants get into your house. I diluted 1ML (30 drops) to 2 ounces distilled water in a spray bottle, but you can apply using a cotton ball right from the bottle. Yes, your house will smell like a peppermint patty for a few days, but this really works well for 2-3 weeks before you need to reapply.

Eco-ista note: As with most of my recipes, I encourage you to be creative. The mint in my herb pots are begging to be plucked and used. If you don't have mint growing at home, peppermint essential oil is an easy and cost effective must have for the "Botany for the Body" larder

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