Peppermint Oil: Your Most Versatile Travel Companion

| 8/31/2011 3:08:29 PM

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J.PattonAs Labor Day approaches, it’s time to decide what to pack in your suitcase before you hit the road. This year, you may want to consider taking a bottle of peppermint oil along for the ride.

The medicinal benefits of peppermint are nothing new. Ancient Greeks and Romans relied on peppermint as a stomach soother, and in the 18th century, Europeans used peppermint to treat ailments anywhere from nausea, vomiting and morning sickness to respiratory infections.

We’re still discovering the benefits of this versatile herb today. Here are a few scenarios when you will be glad you included this cooling, relaxing plant in your travel plans.

Peppermint oil can help you with many common ailments including motion sickness and hearburn.
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Scenario: Your flight to sunny California just took off, and your stomach is doing flip flops, leading to a serious case of motion sickness.
Solution: Peppermint has long been known for its help with stomach-related ailments. The herb’s cooling properties sooth the stomach and act as an anesthetic to the stomach wall, which calms vomiting and nausea. For motion sickness, place a few drops of the essential oil on a tissue and inhale.

Scenario: While chowing down on your grandma’s famous spicy chicken enchiladas, you managed to go back for one too many second helpings, and now you are beyond full.
Solution: Gas, bloating and heartburn happen to the best of us—but that doesn’t make these ailments any less miserable. Luckily, it’s peppermint to the rescue again. Simply massaging a few drops of diluted essential oil on your stomach, or rubbing the pure essential oil onto the bottoms of your feet, will awaken your digestive juices and help your body digest all of that grub.