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How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is cooling and soothing as well as awaking and uplifting. This is a bit of an oxymoronic oil, and that’s just what makes it so wonderful.

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Oh Peppermint— I don’t think I could live without you! You wake me up, cool me down, refresh me, uplift me, calm my tummy boost my mood….

Clearly I have a bit of a love affair going on here, and once you’ve experienced doTERRA’s amazingly pure and crisp peppermint oil, you will too!

Primary Properties & Uses

It’s possible that when I say “peppermint” you only think “candy cane,” and while doTERRA’s peppermint oil is just as delicious because of its high menthol content, we seriously shortchange this oil if we only think of it as a flavor. Peppermint can be a bit oxymoronic— both cooling and uplifting, calming and encouraging. But this juxtaposition is exactly what makes it so wonderful.

Aromatic Use

Here are three of my favorite ways to diffuse peppermint oil (recipes are assuming a 2-4 hour diffuser. I add about 1 drop of oil per hour of diffusing time to my diffuser):

1) By Itself: The fresh scent of peppermint opens the airways to support healthy, deep breathing and encouraging feelings of alertness and energy. I love to breathe it straight from the bottle in the mornings or swipe a drop under my nose before a workout.

2) 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. This blend is also known as “TriEase” or the seasonal support blend. If you tend to have periodic respiratory issues, especially during “the yellow season,” diffuse these three oils daily to support healthy and clear breathing.

3) Peppermint & Wild Orange. This is my “banish the drowsies” go-to. If I’m slumping in the afternoon or feeling a little off my game, a few drops in the diffuser or a drop each in my palms and inhaled deeply give my brain a perfect boost!

 
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Topical Use

Peppermint is very cooling on the skin which makes it calming and refreshing for topical use.

IMPORTANT TIP: Always keep peppermint away from your eyes, and if you apply it topically with your hands, wash them right away to avoid accidentally rubbing your eyes and experiencing amazing misery.

1) Combine with lavender and Frankincense as well as a splash of fractionated coconut oil in a 4 oz spray bottle, then fill to the top with distilled water and shake well for a soothing after-sun spray

2) Roll over forehead, neck, and shoulders. If you are experiencing head tension or anxious feelings, roll on peppermint for soothing relief.

3) For Respiratory support. Swipe under nose and across chest before working out for a cooling, invigorating aroma, encouraging you to breathe deeply

Internal Use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them (please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me). )

1) Seasonal & Respiratory Support I take peppermint internally daily as part of the “TriEase” seasonal support blend. It has made a huge difference in my daily respiratory health, and I can tell a huge difference if I forget to take it. Make your own TriEase by combining two drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a veggie cap or shot of water, or purchase pre-encapsulated from doTERRA.

2) Tension & Tummy Tamer Whether you’re experiencing head tension, a sour tummy, or you need a boost of focus and energy, put a drop of peppermint oil under your tongue for amazing minty motivation and relief. Bonus: Your breath will smell amazing!


How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender, with all of it’s calming properties, is a must have oil for every home. If you’re wondering why doTERRA Lavender oil is a wonderful tool to have on hand, keep reading!

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Lavender, if I’m honest, is one of those oils that I often forget to name among my favorites, yet if I had to recommend just one oil for most people to get started, lavender would be high on my list for recommendations. It’s versatile for the whole family to use, gentle enough even for my very young kids, and very effective at soothing several systems of the body!

Primary Properties & Uses

When I say “lavender,” it’s likely that you think “calming.” It’s aroma is both floral and earthy, leading to feelings of regeneration and healing. In fact, it is a wonderful oil not only for emotional regeneration, but also for physically supporting the body through healing. It’s a daily necessity in our home— let me show you how!

Aromatic Use

Here are three of my favorite ways to diffuse lavender oil (recipes are assuming a 2-4 hour diffuser. I add about 1 drop of oil per hour of diffusing time to my diffuser):

1) By Itself: The soothing smell of lavender is calming for many, reducing feelings of anxiousness and overwhelm, and soporific for others. Either way, diffusing lavender promotes rest for the mind and body (though if you’re like me and find this aroma on its own an instant knock-out, I recommend only diffusing it alone at bedtime!)

2) 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. This blend is also known as “TriEase” or the seasonal support blend. If you tend to have periodic respiratory issues, especially during “the yellow season,” diffuse these three oils daily to support healthy and clear breathing.

3) Lavender & Breathe. Another favorite night time blend that combines the support of my first two suggestions— lavender for restfulness and Breathe for respiratory support is sure to lead to a refreshing night.

Topical Use

Lavender has amazing calming properties. A natural antihistamine, it soothes the skin and is the first oil I reach for whenever we have all manner of bumps and “life” happen.

1) Combine lavender and Frankincense in a roller or by simply using a drop of each neat in your hands and apply to cuts, scrapes, bumps, burns, and other irritations. Once, Jem grabbed the handle of a skillet fresh from the 400 degree oven. I was certain his skin would be irritated for days or weeks. We applied a few drops each of lavender and frankincense right away, and I was amazed to see the next morning that I couldn’t tell which hand had been burned! The added bonus of using lavender when my kids get hurt is that the aroma also calms them emotionally, which, honestly, at their age is usually most of the drama of a fall. It’s also effective when combined with peppermint as a soothing after sun support for the skin or dripped neat onto bug bites.

2) Roll over sinuses for bonus seasonal support. When the yellow season or other environmental threats are just too much for my nose and eyes, I roll lavender around my eyes (well away from the eye itself) and across my forehead for extra support.

3) For Rest. Dab on wrists or bottoms of feet at night to promote restful sleep.

Internal Use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them (please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me). )

I take lavender internally daily as part of the “TriEase” seasonal support blend. It has made a huge difference in my daily respiratory health, and I can tell a huge difference if I forget to take it. Make your own TriEase by combining two drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a veggie cap or shot of water, or purchase pre-encapsulated from doTERRA.

How to Use Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is one of the most basic and useful oils to have in your home. If you’re wondering what to do with lemon essential oil or wondering what doTERRA essential oils are absolutely essential, keep reading!

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Citrus oils are among my favorites to share with folks who are new to oils because, while they might not be aware of it, nearly everyone is familiar with citrus oils! When you peel or cut an orange, lemon, etc. the fine mist that sprays out of the rind is actually the essential oil of the fruit. Thus, everyone who has eaten citrus has experienced the yumminess, and likely the mood lifting properties of citrus oil (is there anything more refreshing than fresh orange in the winter??). Citrus oils are also among the most versatile of practical of the oils for daily use. Let me show you why!

Primary Properties and Uses

Lemon oil smells crisp and refreshing, just like you might expect. It’s aroma is invigorating and uplifting, helping you move from feeling mindless or listless to feeling energized. Around the home and in your body, the oil has powerful cleansing properties, making it a staple, especially in the kitchen.

Aromatic Use

Here are three of my favorite ways to diffuse lemon oil (recipes are assuming a 2-4 hour diffuser. I add about 1 drop of oil per hour of diffusing time to my diffuser):

1) By itself. Does anything smell cleaner in the kitchen than the crisp aroma of lemon? Diffuse to cleanse the air in your home of environmental threats and eliminate any “stale food” smells that can sometimes linger after cooking.

2) 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. This blend is also known as “TriEase” or the seasonal support blend. If you tend to have periodic respiratory issues, especially during “the yellow season,” diffuse these three oils daily to support healthy and clear breathing.

3) 2 drops each of lemon and eucalyptus. This blend also supports healthy respiration but has the added benefit of the emotional and mental stimulation from eucalyptus’s sharp herbal aroma.

Topical Use

(Note Bene: Citrus oils are photosensitive. Avoid sunlight on skin where you’ve applied lemon oil for about 12 hours after application. If irritation occurs, soothe with cool water and diluted lavender oil)

1) FLOOM. In a 10 ml roller, combine 5-10 drops each of frankincense, lemon, OnGuard, oregano, and melaleuca then fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on spine and bottoms of feet 2-4 times daily for powerful immune support. This is one of my favorites if someone in the house is coming down with something, and I want to give myself a little “boost.”

2) Banish the sticky. Use a drop or two of lemon oil to get rid of all kinds of residue— sticker, grease, you name it.

3) Surface cleaner. In a glass spray bottle, combine 1 cup filtered or distilled water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 15 drops lemon essential oil for an easy, safe surface and room spray (I also love to spritz couches, etc, with this on the regular to deodorize them).

Internal Use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them (please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me). )

1) TriEase. Take two drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint oils (in a veggie cap or shot of water) for an effective seasonal support blend.

2) Gentle detox. Add 1-2 drops to a glass or stainless steel water bottle to reduce inflammation and discomfort in your gut. This is a particular favorite of mine when I’ve eaten too much sugar and or salt and have that icky “overindulged” feeling. Also effective for respiratory support as lemon in the body helps “clear the crud” after seasonal or environmental respiratory issues.

3) Cleaning Produce. Admittedly, this is kind of the opposite of internal— but there are a LOT of things on fruits and veggies that you do not actually want to eat! To remove dirt, food wax, all the yucky things— fill a large bowl with cold water and add a couple of drops of lemon oil. Soak fruits and veggies for 5 minutes, swishing through the water to distribute oil. Rinse well.