Peppermint essential oil.

Oh Peppermint, how I love thee. As I write this, I am sipping a cup of coffee with an added drop of peppermint and it is just that easy to enjoy. I wrote a lovely post the other day about peppermint, but it somehow disappeared. I took that as a sign from the universe that the article was no good, start again. So here we are.

Peppermint was the first oil that I got really excited about. I guess because it just smells so good and feels so cooling that I just want to keep putting it on. Did you know that peppermint has been used to help with indigestion since Ancient Egyptian times? Boy, have we gotten away from using gifts from Mother Earth and have manufactured them into fractions of their former selves. Sometimes I notice we’re paying top dollar for products that barely have the real stuff in them. This is motivation for me to use my oils in my beauty routines and around the house.

Simple recipes in an empty spray bottle that you already have and you’re good to go! Mix up a few drops of lavender and peppermint and water and spray your bed linens and pillows. It’s that easy. No perfumes, no chemicals, just the oils from plants. After you have a few starter oils you will totally get it. Before you know it you will be making some of the items that you can find in the natural cleaning section of your favorite shopping place.

Natural products in Target aisle. Photo by Jessica Earner.
Hmmm, what to choose?

This might seem like a lot of work, but let’s look at some of the advantages of experimenting with homemade alternatives…

Environmental (reuse your bottles, make products that don’t help chemicals float into our oceans) toxins on our skin and in our body and in the very air we breathe when we are cleaning, smells good, feels clean, inexpensive long term after initial supplies. Now I’m not saying jump in 100% and make all of your own products like detergent and bars of soap.

Let’s face it, in this modern world we have too much to do already! So start slowly, make a spray. Add a drop or two of OnGuard (a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils) to water in a DIY spray surface cleaner or washing machine. I promise, the results are easy and positive. Simple, inexpensive ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and castile soap go a long, long way and many oils have tons of cleaning properties and smell good too!

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