Do you love using peppermint oil? Peppermint has a fresh minty aroma and it is one of my favorite essential oils. Peppermint is a versatile plant that has been used for centuries. It is a potent essential oil but when used carefully it is worth keeping a bottle in your medicine cabinet.
It naturally inhibits bacteria growth and it is used to help relieve the symptoms of respiratory disorders associated with allergies, colds, or flu symptoms. The soothing minty aroma can help naturally ease congestion without annoying side effects.
Instead of reaching into the medicine cabinet for allergy or cold/flu medication, try using a small amount of peppermint oil as your first line of defense the moment you being noticing symptoms. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use peppermint oil during cold and flu season.
A diffuser is the easiest and quickest way to get immediate benefits of diffusing peppermint essential oil. Diffusers are inexpensive and come in a wide variety of styles to blend in with your home’s decor. Since peppermint is a strong oil, we recommend adding only a few drops to your diffuser so that the aroma isn’t overwhelming.
Add It To Your Bath Water
A hot bath always feels refreshing when you are congested and you don’t feel well. Do you remember when your mom used to turn on the hot water and put your face near the steam? A hot bath will have the same effect.
The hot steam helps open your nasal passages so that you can breath easier. Plus the steam helps moisturize and soothes your nasal passages. When we notice respiratory symptoms, we add a few drops of peppermint oil while running the bath water. The peppermint aroma will help relieve congestion.
Peppermint oil has a tingly, cooling effect so don’t be alarmed. You only need a small amount of peppermint oil in your bath water. The aroma does the trick and it is diluted enough so that the potent oil won’t burn your skin.
Note: Peppermint oil is very strong so you should use extreme caution when using it. Never apply peppermint directly to the skin.
Use Peppermint Oil in the Shower
Do you prefer taking hot showers instead of relaxing in a bathtub of hot water when you are under the weather? Standing under the hot water when you don’t feel good often feels amazing. When I don’t feel well I will turn up the water as hot as I can stand it without burning my skin and let the steam build up in the bathroom. The steam from the hot water helps opens up your nasal passages while the hot water helps relax you. You can also add 1 to 2 drops of peppermint oil on the shower floor. We added it where the water wasn’t hitting the shower floor so the oil didn’t immediately go down the drain. Before getting out of the shower, simply pour hot water where you added the oil to wash it down the drain and prevent falling.
Note: Use caution because the peppermint oil can cause the shower floor to be slippery.
Don’t Have Time for a Bath or Shower
As parents, we often never have time to stop and care for ourselves when we aren’t sick. When an illness strikes, we are lucky if the kids allow us to lay on the couch or in the bed while having a movie day. We totally understand you probably can’t get away to take care of yourself while congested.
Next time you are up getting the kids something to eat or drink
for the 50th time, grab a bowl and fill it up with hot water. Add 1 drop of peppermint oil. Then put your face towards the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Take a few deep breaths. The hot water and peppermint should help open up nasal passages.
DIY Shower Bombs for Cold and Flu Symptoms
Did you know that you can make your own shower bombs using essential oils? These shower bombs are super easy to make and they work very similar to Vick’s vapor rub. Check out the tutorial here.
Make a Small Pots of DIY Vapor Rub
Buy some of these small beauty pots, coconut oil or vaseline, and peppermint oil so that you can make your own vapor rub. Fill the pot 3/4 of the way full with coconut oil or Vaseline. Add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint oil and stir. Use care when using peppermint oil, it is very potent and it is best to start small and add another drop until you get the desired effect. Test in a small spot to ensure it isn’t too strong. If it is too strong, add a small amount of coconut oil or Vaseline.
Then next time you have cold or flu symptoms, slather on a thin layer of DIY vapor rub on your feet and chest. It will tingle a bit but it diluted so it won’t burn your skin.
Bonus: Use an Aromatherapy Necklace
An aromatherapy necklace would be extremely useful during allergy, cold, and flu season so that you can add peppermint oil throughout the day to help relieve the nagging symptoms. Simply add a drop of peppermint oil and take a few deep breathes after you put the necklace around your neck.
During cold and flu season, I always keep a bottle of Peppermint oil in my medicine cabinet to pull out whenever cold and flu symptoms surface. Peppermint has been used for centuries and its minty aroma helps relieves congestion. Plus, it naturally inhibits bacteria growth.