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Holistic Healer’s Medicine Chest

How to Heal Yourself:
Timeless Natural Remedies from the Holistic Healer’s Medicine Chest

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All too often we find ourselves visiting the doctor because we feel unwell only to hear that it is a viral infection and an antibiotic is not the answer. There is nothing within their scope of practice that they can give. Nothing they can do to alleviate the symptoms so they advise you to rest, hydrate and heal. While these are good suggestions, they bring little respite from your illness. You still feel miserable.

What can you do? How do you find relief? How can you heal yourself?

We suggest you make your own natural first aid kit, a holistic medicine chest, with versatile, inexpensive and useful healing tools that you can keep on hand to heal yourself at home. You might want to include some of these alternative remedies listed that have been used by healers to prevent and treat maladies for thousands of years.

We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t visit your physician. By all means—go to the doctor when you need to. However, if you are turned away with nothing more than their bill and are seeking supplementary care, perhaps you may want to try some of the therapies below. Please use with caution as these therapies may affect some people differently than others, and as always, advise your healthcare practitioner of any remedies you are using at home.

If you are in disbelief that these therapies may improve your health, do some research. Many if not all of these remedies have been the subject of scientific scrutiny and have been researched for their antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal and analgesic properties. In this article we chose to target sore throat, cough and headache as these are common conditions that we are forced to battle from time to time. These herbs are not exclusive to the specified ailments.

Happy Healing!

Ingredients to Create Your Own Holistic Healer’s Medicine Chest

Holistic Remedies for Sore Throat

Licorice Root
Licorice root has been used to make over-the-counter medicines. It is an ingredient in many herbal tea blends. It can also be mixed with water as a gargle solution.
Slippery Elm
An ingredient in many ‘throat coat’ herbal tea blends. It can also be mixed with boiling water and drunk. Slippery elm was traditionally used by the Native Americans for soothing an irritated throat.

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Honey
Honey has been used since ancient times for multiple conditions. It is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. You can consume honey in tea or straight up. You may also relieve allergy symptoms by using local honey. If you feel inclined to splurge, Manuka is our choice as the best medicinal honey.
Salt Water Gargle
Sea salt is an affordable and versatile item to have in your medicine chest. A warm salt water gargle draws out inflammation from the throat.
Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root is not to be confused with marshmallow candy. They do NOT come from the same source. Mix with boiling water and drink to experience sore throat relief.

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Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Tulsi also known as the ‘queen of herbs,’ is antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral. It is especially valuable for its use in treating sore throat associated with the common cold and flu. It has also been used for inflammation, malaria, heart disease, fever, stress, reducing blood pressure and more.
Peppermint
We cannot say enough good things about the health benefits of Peppermint. Peppermint has been used as medicine since the Greco-Roman period. Dilute a few drops of oil in a glass of warm water and gargle away. Or opt for aromatic peppermint leaf tea.
Chamomile
Cultivated since ancient times, Chamomile has been used to medicate many ailments. The small sweet flower packs a powerful punch. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic characteristics make it a good choice for reducing spasms and pain. Drink chamomile tea before bed for a good night’s sleep.

Holistic Remedies for Cough

Echinacea
Echinacea stimulates the immune system, helping it fight off illness. It contains substances that reduce pain and inflammation, as well as kill viruses and fungal infections. Echinacea is widely used to shorten the duration of colds and flu, including bronchial dry cough.
Thyme
The flowers, leaves and oil of thyme are commonly used by people for the treatment of colic, excess gas, sore throats, and as a hangover remedy. Thyme also proves beneficial as an expectorant to loosen and expel mucous. Mix thyme with boiling water and drink.
Flaxseeds
Boiling flaxseeds in water gives you a thick, gooey gel that eases throat and respiratory discomfort. Add honey and lemon to taste.
Lemon
Lemon is a well-known natural antibiotic. Drinking a concoction of lemon, honey and hot water may help calm the throat and loosen mucus that may be irritating your airways. Add an optional drop of bourbon or whiskey to help you sleep.
Orange
Oranges or orange juice are an essential source of vitamin C, the widely researched immune-boosting supplement. It has been used to treat the common cold among other disorders like cancer. Try orange juice with ground almonds. Almonds have crucial phytonutrients. If you are allergic to nuts, try a small spoonful of vitamin C crystals dissolved in your favorite fruit juice instead.
Steam
Whether it is taking a hot shower, holding your head over a pot of boiling water or inhaling the vapor rising from your cup of hot tea, steam is a wonderful way to open and soothe your airway.
Water
Hydration is key to health. Drink as much water and hot tea as you can stand. Eight, 8 oz glasses of water are recommended per day.
Ginger
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that is well known for its ability to calm upset stomachs, respiratory discomfort and can be quite comforting when brewed as a tea.

Holistic Remedies for Headache

Turmeric
A member of the ginger family and a commonly used ingredient in Indian cuisine, turmeric is a pain reliever. Turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and analgesic properties can prove to be beneficial for people suffering from general headaches and migraines, as well as to promote overall wellness. Sprinkle any dish with ground turmeric.
Buckwheat
Buckwheat is anti-inflammatory and a good choice to fight off the conditions that make a headache occur.
Garlic
One of the most important tools to have in your herbal first aid kit. The medicinal uses of garlic are diverse and have been recorded since the beginning of the known world. There have been biblical references to this herb that has been used for headache relief as well as to promote overall health.
Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an abundant source of Omega-3s, anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are crucial for the body’s well-being, as well as other essential nutrients. A diet high in Chia seeds may reduce levels of inflammation that are contributing to pain like that which is experienced with migraine headache.
Caffeine
A cup of black tea or coffee may do just the trick to relieve muscle spasms linked to headache. Be careful though, too much caffeine can be dehydrating, which may exacerbate a headache.
Scalp Massage
Scalp massage is an immediate way to increase blood flow to the cranium. It provides an instant source of good feeling!
Basil Oil
Basil oil may be applied topically as a muscle relaxer when mixed with a carrier oil.
Lavender Oil
Smell lavender oil to relieve physical and mental fatigue. Sniffing peppermint oil can also help increase mental relaxation and clarity. You can put a drop of either oil on each temple to ease the discomfort of a headache.

About the Authors

Kamaira Philips, Bachelor of Music (BM), is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She is an operatic soprano, an intuitive energy healer and modern shaman, a meditation instructor, a certified EMT and a scientist. Kamaira is researching topics related to immunology and alternative medicine at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine.

Kaylee is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing. Kaylee is a shamanic healer and New Age artist.

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Heal With Honey: Nature’s Antibiotic

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What comes to mind when you think about honey?

Most people would respond that it tastes good in a hot cup of tea. Others drizzle the sticky sweet substance on an English muffin for breakfast. Some old school thinkers turn to a concoction of honey, lemon juice and booze of choice at desperate times of illness to alleviate coughing spells and induce slumber. Past that, most people don’t think too much about honey—what it is, where it comes from and what type to purchase.

It is common to think that all honey is good for you, right? Wrong! Some types of honey have little more health benefits than white sugar.

However, it may surprise you to know that before the invention of penicillin, other types of honey, namely raw honey, were the conventional go-to therapy for infection.

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Honey has been used as both food and medicine since ancient times. In fact, human use of honey is traced to some 8000 years ago as depicted by Stone Age paintings. Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans employed honey for wounds and diseases of the intestine. Honey was the most popular Egyptian drug being mentioned 500 times in 900 remedies. Yes! Honey is heavily steeped in our history. Oh, pardon the pun.

So what exactly is honey, where does it come from, what does it do for you, and what kind should you buy?

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What is Honey?

Honey is the nectar from flowers of plants that is gathered by bees. Once stored in the bees stomach, the nectar is concentrated by evaporation during the transport back to the hive. Upon regurgitation the nectars combine in unique ways with the bees digestive enzymes to produce new compounds.

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Not All Honey Is Equal

Depending on the quality of nectar and pollen, honey contains a complex assortment of enzymes, amino acids, esters, antibiotic agents (the antibacterial activity in some honey is 100 times more powerful than in others), proteins, carbohydrates, hormones, antimicrobial compounds, trace minerals and vitamins.

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Vitamins and Minerals

Honey has been shown to possess a number of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Beta-Carotene, D, E, K, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, chromium, chlorine, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphate, sulfur, sodium, selenium and high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and formic acid.

How to Heal With Honey

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We recommend the use of Raw Honey only for medicinal purposes. Refined, heat-processed honey may actually increase infection. The heating process destroys these wonderful natural enzymes and vitamins. If the process of filtering has occurred this removes phytonutrients such as pollen and propolis as well.

Go Natural
Go Organic
Go Raw

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Raw Honey Contents

Water (18%)
Natural Sugars including fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose (80%)
Minerals, Vitamins, Pollen, Protein (2%)

Choosing the Right Honey For You

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Manuka Honey

I have stated in numerous articles that my honey preference lies with that of Manuka. Manuka honey is made from pollen gathered by bees from flowers of the Manuka bush in New Zealand.

Manuka has been proven to possess the most potent antibacterial ingredients of any other type of raw honey. Manuka has a special antimicrobial factor called non peroxide activity, which is described by the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). Every batch of Manuka holds varying degrees of UMF. Higher concentrations of UMF will increase the consistency/thickness, the shade (darkness of color), and ultimately affect the price you will incur.

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Because Manuka is so special and somewhat rare, it can be quite costly in comparison to other types of honey. But remember, in this case you get what you pay for. I find the healing benefits associated with Manuka worth spending the extra dollars.

Manuka honey has been shown to eradicate hundreds of bacterial strains including resistant varieties such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, Clostridium Difficile, and Helicobacter Pylori (a bacteria known to cause stomach ulcers).

Research has shown that Manuka and other types of organic honey have even been effective in stopping the growth of cancer cells as well as increasing the body’s ability to repair its DNA.

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Wildflower Honey

Natural honeys are from a profusion of wildflowers, whatever grows locally. Honeybees have a fascinating attraction for all strongly medicinal flowering plants. Natural wildflower honey can and will be derived from herbs such as Valerian, Dandelion, Wild Geranium, Elder, Jojoba, Balsam root, Echinacea, Alfalfas, Clovers, etc. The nectar from many medicinal plants is present in all wildflower honey mixtures unless the beekeepers have an abundance of a specific species of plant for the bees to harvest.

Two examples are Organic Raw Honey with Neem or Local Organic Raw Honey with Clary Sage—both of which are present in my personal holistic healer’s medicine chest.

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Clover and Alfalfa Honey

The kind of honey I have a tendency to stay away from would be clover and alfalfa honey. These are usually the commercially-grown and mass-produced brands that are readily available at the grocery store.

These crops have more than likely been heavily sprayed with pesticides as well as heat-pasteurized, rendering the enzymes ineffective. Large commercial honey growers may often supplement their bees food with sugar water. Feeding the bees sugar water dilutes the honey’s power. You may prefer the price but I prefer the lesser-known labels instead. Many mom and pop operations should be considered and commended for their labors of love.

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Medicinal Benefits of Honey

Topically-used or Ingested

types of honey

Warnings

Honey is NOT suitable for babies under the age of 12 months.

It is a known source of the bacterial spores that cause botulism.

Diabetics should avoid or limit their intake due to the high glucose content in honey.

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About the Authors

Kaylee is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing.

Kamaira Philips, Bachelor of Music (BM), is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She is an operatic soprano, an intuitive energy healer and modern shaman, a meditation instructor, a certified EMT and a scientist. Kamaira is researching topics related to immunology, virology, and alternative medicine (sound healing, vibroacoustic therapy, mindfulness meditation) at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine.

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How Garlic Can Improve Your Health

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Garlic, also known as allium sativum, is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Garlic is an herb and has been affectionately referred to as “The Stinking Rose.” Most of us are familiar with garlic’s use when it relates to preparing and flavoring food. Some of my favorite recipes contain garlic. I can’t imagine cooking without it.

Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods, treasured around the globe for its incomparable character. Pungent in a raw state, but when cooked, garlic surges to a sweetly mellow mood. Size matters—the more it is minced, the stronger the flavor. Be wary of overcooking, especially when sauteing. Burned garlic has a bitter flavor that will permeate the dish.

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For thousands of years, Garlic has been used for both culinary purposes and for its therapeutic benefits. Healers have always found it to have miraculous effects and kept their medicine chests well supplied with it. Garlic contains volatile oils and sulfurous compounds that are responsible for both its pungent odor and its medicinal properties.

There is no one particular panacea for everything. But through the ages, people have attributed qualities to certain foods, teas, herbs and oils. Garlic has been regarded as a remedy for a diversity of ailments.

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How Garlic Can Improve Your Health

Garlic has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that fight a variety of disorders.

In ancient Egypt, garlic was standard treatment for wounds, infections, tumors, heart disease, lack of stamina and intestinal parasites.

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Ancient Greeks and Romans used garlic for some of the above as well as asthma, leprosy, bladder infections and repelling scorpions.

African farmers chewed the herb in the field, believing it relieved them from the hot sun.

Native Americans used it for hoarseness, coughs and croup.

During the Middle Ages garlic was thought to be an antidote for the plague sweeping Europe and patients were dosed with the herb. As double protection, braids of garlic bulbs hung across doorways to prevent entrance to evil spirits inciting the disease.

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In 1858, the French Microbiologist, Louis Pasteur conducted experiments that showed garlic’s bacteria-killing abilities. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are perhaps its most legendary features.

Long before antibiotics were readily available, garlic application was used for lacerations and cuts. During both World War I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. It was also used as an antiseptic to prevent wound infection.

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Garlic has been used for the treatment of the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Stomach Ache
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Hay Fever
  • Cold and Flu
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Stress and Fatigue
  • Gout
  • Rheumatism
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diabetes Management
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea
  • Preventing Tick Bites
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Intestinal Parasites (Roundworms)
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Digestion
  • Healthy Liver Function
  • Jock Itch
  • Athlete’s Foot

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The sulfur compounds that imbue garlic with its characteristic odor and flavor are believed to be responsible for its health benefits, including enhancing immune function and increasing the activity of enzymes that break down carcinogens. In addition to sulfur, garlic is rich in selenium, an essential trace mineral that helps protect against cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, studies show that an increased intake of garlic is associated with a lowered risk of breast, colon, esophagus, pancreatic and stomach cancers.

Some people use garlic for the prevention of cancer:

  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer

Crushed garlic seems to offer the strongest cancer protection. By crushing the garlic, it activates enzymes that create protective compounds. According to the Herb Research Foundation, a typical daily dosage of garlic is 600 to 900 mg of powdered garlic in capsule or tablet form. This could also be taken as 4 mL of aged garlic liquid extract, 10 mg of garlic oil capsules OR as one medium clove of fresh garlic. Consumption of raw garlic usually yields the best results. You can also make garlic tea.

Recipe for Garlic Tea

Boil four cups of filtered water. Add four to five cloves of garlic (chopped fine or crushed). Incorporate lemon juice and/or raw, unprocessed honey to taste.

garlic tea

Garlic is used for many conditions of the heart and blood including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Atherosclerosis

Garlic is known to build the immune system

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The biggest annual crop (23 billion pounds) of garlic is derived from China, followed by India, South Korea, Russia and the US. Most of the American yield comes from Gilroy, California. Some have deemed Gilroy as “The Garlic Capital of the World.” Every July for the past thirty years, Gilroy has hosted a three day Garlic Festival. They say if you plan to attend but have unfortunately lost your way, just open your car windows and smell your way to the event. Three tons of garlic fill the air. There are over fifty vendor booths, ten thousand garlic fries being prepared for consumption and a host of cooks competing at the Garlic Showdown for culinary honors.

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If you would like to support and improve your health start adding more of this amazing herb to your diet!

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How to Make the Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Eat

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Summer has gone and as Game of Thrones fans say, “Winter is Coming.” Along with the frigid nip in the air we have to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of cold and flu season that rapidly approaches.

Sure it’s true. There is no cure for the common cold. But if you are sick, chicken soup can help you to feel better. Liquids in general are great when you are ill because they loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. That is why when you go to the doctor they insist on pushing fluids, especially hearty broths like chicken soup, which has been especially valued for its healing properties.

Throughout the centuries chicken soup has been a go-to remedy for every illness from A to Z. It has been one of the most prescribed culinary elixirs in history. You can count on chicken soup for comfort and restoration. It has been a staple in the medicine chest of the finest healers.

Your mother, grandmother and other relatives have probably ladled it down your throat at one point in your life and here’s why.

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According to The Mayo Clinic, “Researchers say that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose. This relieves congestion and limits the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose.”

This claim primarily references information from the following studies:

It is safe to say that if you want the most curative chicken soup, you should prepare it yourself. But just in case you don’t have a secret family recipe to use, here is our own guide on how to make the best chicken soup you’ll ever eat.

Recipe For The Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Eat

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Ingredients:

1 Large Stockpot
2 Gallons of Water
1-2 Whole Roasted Chicken(s) (Shredded)
2 Heaping Spoonful of Chicken Base
2 Boxes of Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
2 Bags of Organic Baby Carrots (16 oz Bags, Chopped into small pieces)
1 Head of Celery including Leaves (Chopped fine)
Salt and Pepper
Celery Salt
Dash of Tarragon (Dried)
Parsley (Fresh and Dried)
Oregano (Dried)
Marjoram (Fresh)
Rosemary (Fresh and Dried)
Sage Leaves (Fresh)
Basil (Fresh)

Directions:

Roast two whole chickens at 400 degrees for three hours. Pick the carcasses clean. Set aside to cool. (See Note)*

Fill a large stockpot with approximately two gallons of filtered water, two heaping tablespoons of chicken base and two boxes of Organic Free Range Chicken Broth. Bring the liquid to a boil. Add the chicken, carrots, celery, herbs and spices and then reduce to a simmer for at least three hours, stirring occasionally.

Due to evaporation, you will have to add more water throughout the cooking process. How much will depend on your desired consistency. For a heartier soup—less water, if you prefer mostly broth—more water.

*We had a roast chicken dinner and used the remainder the next day to make soup. You could use one chicken depending on the size of the chicken and the amount of meat you would like.

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The 15 Best Uses for Peppermint Oil

The 15 Best Uses for Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint, an herb that grows wild and is also cultivated in multiple regions of the world, has been used since around 79 AD by the Greeks and Romans for both its culinary and medicinal characteristics. It is one of the most useful and inexpensive resources in your kitchen and the concentrated and purified essential oil of peppermint is a powerful tool in your medicine cabinet. Peppermint oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant and analgesic properties.*

There are many ways to use peppermint and peppermint oil as home remedies. The oil may be applied topically with a carrier oil (like almond, jojoba, coconut oils etc) or diluted in water as a spray. It may be inhaled aromatically as steam, or a drop may be added to water that is consumed or gargled. Peppermint leaf tea is another known way that this versatile herb is consumed.

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Here are 15 Best Uses for the Essential Oil of Peppermint:

1) Digestive Disorders

Peppermint oil has been used as a homeopathic remedy for digestive disorders including IBS and diverticulitis as well as for soothing an upset stomach and aiding the digestive process after meals.* It relaxes the intestinal muscles, calms abdominal spasms and reduces bloating.

Drink peppermint tea after meals or add one drop of food grade pure peppermint essential oil to your water before meals.

2) Bad Breath

Dirty mouth? Bypass the Orbit Gum and “clean it up” with straight up peppermint oil. Avoid the preservatives and other chemicals in chewing gum.

Dilute four drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water to treat halitosis or for a quick bad breath fix.* You can also add a drop to your toothpaste for extra minty freshness the next time you brush!

3) Congestion and the Common Cold

 If you have the sniffles and are miserable because you can’t breathe through your nose, you are not alone. We have all been there. But have you tried aromatherapy with peppermint oil to dry up that nasty mucus? If you have used a Vicks product then you have! Menthol, which is the active ingredient in peppermint oil, is the main ingredient in a Vicks inhaler.

If you are sensitive to the other ingredients in Vicks like Camphor, then you may want to try just boiling a pot of water and adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Take deep cleansing breaths and feel the relief!

4) Sore Throat

If you have a sore throat and are feeling an illness coming on, use a peppermint oil solution as both an analgesic and a preventative! Dilute a few drops of oil in a glass of warm water and gargle away.

5) Muscle Relaxer

Peppermint oil is a natural Icy Hot! Add a drop or two to any unscented lotion and apply topically to sore muscles.

6) Soothing Bath

Take relaxation to a new level by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your next hot bath. It will help your body and mind to simultaneously relax. Or if you are in a pinch, just try a foot bath. Peppermint will naturally eliminate any athlete’s feet fungus and promote healthy, happy feet.

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7) Acne Treatment

If you are like me, you wake up with a new zit almost everyday. Try peppermint oil as an all-around effective method for treating and preventing acne. Dab a tiny bit of peppermint oil on a nasty pimple to dry it out. Or if you have a face full of pustules, boil a pot of water, add a few drops of peppermint oil, cool the mixture and add it to a spray bottle. Spray your face regularly (avoid your eyes) until you don’t have breakouts!

8) Calm Eczema and Psoriasis

Flare ups with itchy, flaky dry skin are no fun! Peppermint reduces the temperature and consequently the level of inflammation in the skin, which contributes to irritated skin.* Add a drop or two to an unscented lotion and apply topically to the affected areas. Try a small area first to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.

9) Fever Reducer

Peppermint oil may be effectively used as a fever reducer.* Because of its cooling properties it may trick the body into lowering its temperature. The next time you have a fever, instead of choosing over-the-counter meds like tylenol or ibuprofen, opt for peppermint oil.

Mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub on the back of the neck and the bottom of the feet to reduce and stabilize fever. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cool washcloth and apply to the forehead or wipe the body.

10) Natural Household Cleanser

This is our favorite! Peppermint oil has wonderful cleansing characteristics and it is much safer than other chemicals in household cleaning products. It can be mixed with water and a little white vinegar as a versatile all purpose household cleaner. It is safe, effective and smells good…why not?

11) Bye-Bye Bugs

Did you know that peppermint can make an awesome mosquito repellent?* Make your own natural mosquito repellent with the oils of Clove (Eugenol), Lemon Balm (Citronella), Peppermint (Menthol) and Cinnamon (Cinnamic Aldehyde). It is also said that the oil of peppermint that has been soaked on a Q-tip and applied to a tick embedded in the skin will aid in removal.

12) Scalp and Hair Care

Studies have demonstrated that peppermint oil can assist in hair growth.* Peppermint oil has also been shown to have anti-dandruff effects and may also help with taming frizzy hair. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo or make your own homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo!

13) Constipation

Feeling stopped up? That is one problem that definitely needs a quick solution. Combine a few drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage the abdomen, focusing on the bowels to relieve constipation.

14) Seasonal Allergies

Peppermint oil is great for relieving symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. The next time you are suffering, add a drop of peppermint, lemon and lavender oil together with a carrier oil in your hands and cup them over your nose and mouth. Inhale deeply.

15) Clear Your Mind

If you are feeling groggy in the afternoon and in need of a mind-body-spirit boost, try peppermint as a pick-me-up. You can indulge in a cup of peppermint tea or smell a drop of peppermint oil on a tissue. Peppermint stimulates mental sharpness and focus. One study found peppermint oil actually enhanced the memory of its participants.

As with any essential oil, test a small patch of skin to first see how you will react to peppermint essential oil and exercise caution when using it around your face (especially the eyes).

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References

*Peppermint oil has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21903378

*Peppermint oil as a treatment for halitosis

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24478977

*Peppermint oil as effective treatment for IBS and abdominal pain: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26319955

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26023339

*Peppermint reduces pruritis

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24250539

*Peppermint’s ability to cool the body

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23061635

*Peppermint as an effective mosquito repellent

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24382265

*Peppermint causes hair growth

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25584150

*Peppermint for improving mental fatigue and clarity

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23140115

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18041606

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