Written by contributor Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home.
Peppermint is one of my favorite herbs because it is easy to grow and has so many uses.
Well known as a digestive aid, peppermint is also a powerful energizer and useful in treating headaches and fatigue.
Today I’d like to share four simple treatments that include this this beneficial herb.
Invigorating Foot Scrub
This peppermint scrub provides a slight tingling sensation that will revive and invigorate tired feet. It’s very quick and easy to prepare and would make an excellent gift.
1 cup fine sea salt or Epsom salt
¼ cup oil (grapeseed, sweet almond or olive)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaves (these make it fun, but could be left out if needed. If you don’t have any dried peppermint on hand, break open a peppermint tea bag).
Measure salt into a clean bowl.
Add oil and stir until it is distributed evenly.
Add peppermint leaves and essential oil. Stir again.
Scoop into a clear jar and label.
This recipe is taken from my ebook, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give.
Peppermint tea is simple to prepare and can be made with fresh or dried peppermint leaves. Sip a cup to aid digestion or stimulate your senses in the early morning instead of coffee.
To brew your own peppermint tea:
Place one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves or two teaspoons of fresh peppermint leaves per cup of water in a heat -proof bowl or pot. Pour hot water over the leaves and cover with a lid or inverted plate. Allow to steep for ten minutes.
Strain out the herbs are enjoy.
Photo by Haiinee
Peppermint Hair Rinse
Peppermint tea can also be used as a hair rinse as it stimulates the hair and scalp.
Prepare tea as directed above and allow to cool. Once the tea has reached a comfortable temperature, pour over hair and leave to sit a few minutes, then rinse out with water.
I usually think of having a bath as a time to relax and unwind, but a bath is also a great place to re-energize.
In the book, 10 Essential Herbs, Lalitha Thomas recommends soaking in a peppermint bath as a way of enhancing circulation and rejuvenating at the end of a hard day’s work.
To prepare a Peppermint Bath:
Warm 8 cups of water over the stove and turn off the heat once it begins to boil. Add 4 ounces of dried peppermint leaves and allow to steep for 20 minutes. You have not made an infusion.
Strain out the leaves and add the entire infusion to a warm bath.
Get in and soak your troubles away.
These are only a few homemade treatments using peppermint, I’d love to hear from you . . .
What are your favorite ways to use peppermint?