041116 "Peppermint Oil Benefits"

Last night I was rifling through a bag of goodies that a friend gave me when I came across a bottle of peppermint body oil. Intrigued, I opened it and immediately dropped the bottle; and spilled it on myself. 

Figuring it was a good time to try the stuff out I rubbed it on my skin and was instantly shocked at how it gave me not only a aromatic boost, but it seemed to dissipate the soreness that I had in my neck from lifting so much weight :). 

Immediately I did what I always do, went to work doing research on the stuff. What I found was awesome and now I can say that this oil is going to be a new staple in my growing oil pantry... 

1) Reduces muscle Soreness. Peppermint oil has a natural cooling and numbing quality that can be applied to muscles in the same way icy hot or other similar creams are.

2) Boosts athletic performance. In the Journal of Sports Physiology a study was noted that when a baseline group of athletes were given peppermint oil in their water as well as placed on their skin during exercise and dyer to the aromatic effects they were able to perform 20% more work than when the athletes had no exposure to the oil. That's pretty cool.

3) Peppermint oil is a natural Bug repellent. As with most natural oils, there is an added benefit of being anti-fungal,  anti-microbial, and generally good to put on skin. Though you don't want to overdo it for the sake of those who have to be around you and the potency of the oil itself on your skin... go ahead and enjoy smelling good and keeping nasty critters off you at the same time. 

Essential oils are peaking my interest lately for the health benefits that each can deliver. The connotation for me around essential oils has always been super crunchy hippie but not anymore. Both in your gut and on your skin, essential oils can be an everyday standard for you and your home. 

Do your homework? Each does have its own set of benefits and cautions. Stay evolving and thrive

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