Saturday, March 8, 2014

Peppermint Oil Review

My best friend Melissa in NYC, always gets sick and uses Peppermint Oil. Here's her review. I plan to try it myself when the girls get sick. 

Melissa's Personal Opinion on Peppermint Oil

I personally get sick a number of times a year. Sometimes it's allergies, sometimes it's extreme congestion, including an itchy dry cough, and sometimes it's all of the above. Living in New York City has its ups and downs, and one of the downsides is constantly being in confined areas, especially in the subway. When you are packed in like sardines trying to get home during rush hour and someone sneezes or coughs on you, what really can you do but throw them a dirty look and just go about your business? Regardless, germs travel no matter how sanitary and healthy you try to be, and if you are meant to get sick, you will get sick.

I normally do not write reviews simply because it's hard for me to find the time to do so. However, I feel peppermint oil has provided such a great relief for me on a number of occasions and it's time to pay some homage. If you are like me, when you are sick, Vicks and other meds just don't do the trick. They do not have the magical healing powers they once provided when we were kids...or perhaps we have grown immune to it. Whatever the case may be, like most of my friends, we try to seek natural remedies rather than resort to medicine first. More often than I like to admit, I have horrible sinus issues- you name it, the stuffy nose, constant dry cough that's good enough to give anyone a 6 pack; and no amount of Benadryl or Vicks help me. It wasn't until my mom (yes people, mom knows best!) left a bottle of peppermint oil on my dresser one night that I found some relief.

It is 100% Peppermint Oil and the bottle recommends diluting with other oils or water before use, as it is really strong. Personally, I do not dilute it with anything. I take a dime-sized amount and rub it on my chest, neck, behind my neck and LIGHTLY brush my nose with my fingertips. It is really strong (thanks menthol) and I definitely feel a cool, burning sensation on the areas I rub it. Once I go under the covers though, I find the burning sensation and the smell of peppermint in general so relieving. I can peacefully breathe through my nose and I sleep through the night without building abs through the constant coughing. Be aware that it does not cure your symptoms, but the relief it provides I feel is good enough that no meds are needed to get you through the night. If you feel it is too strong or if you have sensitive skin, you can throw a couple of drops in a humidifier or in a boiling pot of water and just inhale the steam.

Peppermint oil has many other uses and benefits. Not only does it provide relief from cough and congestion, but it also;

  • Helps sooth minor aches and pains
  • Helps indigestion 
  • Promotes good dental hygiene 
  • Nurtures healthy skin and scalp
  • Surprisingly, peppermint repels bugs and rodents
It's no wonder trash bag manufacturers started selling mint scented bags. I've included links to a few sources below. Whether or not they are factual, I cannot testify to, but I say give peppermint oil a shot. Happy breathing =)