CBD Hemp Oil: Benefits, Uses, & Side Effects

Originally Published on organicfacts.net on March 01, 2019 By John Staughton
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CBD hemp oil has a huge range of potential health benefits and uses, including reducing pain, soothing anxiety, fighting chronic diseases, improving mood, eliminating depression, preventing inflammatory arthritis, protecting the immune system, balancing the metabolism, aiding sleep disorders, and healing the skin, among others. CBD oil can also be used in many different ways and has a variety of applications for natural health.

It may have side effects such as low blood pressure, lightheadedness, fatigue, dry mouth, and slowed motor functions. However, these side effects have been found to be mild according to various studies. Use of CBD oil is recommended if you live in a country or region where the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana is legal.

What is CBD Hemp Oil?

CBD hemp oil is the product derived from the hemp plant, which is high in CBD (cannabidiol) and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This oil has received a large amount of attention in recent years, due to the growing wave of marijuana legislation and debate in many countries, including the United States. While cannabis and smoking marijuana (which often has a high level of the psychotropic compound THC) is still illegal in many places, as more is being learned about CBD, and its potential effects on health, it is becoming more and more accepted as a legal and safe remedy for a wide variety of health conditions. Since it has a minimal amount of the psychotropic compound THC, use of this oil does not result in a traditional “high”, so its effects are generally considered therapeutic, not mind-altering.

There are more than 80 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, with THC being the primary one, followed by CBD. However, in the hemp plant, which is a different strain of the species Cannabis sativa, CBD is the main active ingredient, and THC is barely present, making its use and legality more widespread. The reason that CBD is such an effective form of support for human health is due to the body’s endogenous cannabinoid system. This regulatory structure of the body has millions of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system, which react not only to plant-derived cannabinoids (such as hemp and marijuana) but also to natural cannabinoids produced within our body. When hemp oil is used and processed by the body, it is effectively boosting the function of the endocannabinoid system, helping our body regulate itself in many different ways.

Not only does true CBD hemp oil contain high levels of cannabidiol, but it also vitamins, nutrients, minerals, volatile acids, and antioxidants that will further supplement your health.

CBD Hemp Oil Benefits

CBD hemp oil has become very popular with people suffering from various health issues including

  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep disorders and insomnia
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Skin conditions
  • Low appetite and poor metabolic function
  • Weaker immune system
  • Chronic diseases

Relieves Pain

Researchers at the Department of Pharmacognosy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK, basis the study conducted on mice found that CBD oil has analgesic properties and may relieve chronic pain of all kinds . It can disrupt the activity of pain receptors in the body and instead cause a release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine – “feel good” compounds that can ease discomfort and pain, even if the pharmaceutical painkillers have no effect.

Relieves Nausea

CBD oil can cure vomiting and nausea. The non-psychotropic components of this oil activate certain autoreceptors, which causes antiemetic/anti-nausea effects in the body.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

When it comes to inflammation, an animal study by M Lodzki, et al. suggests that CBD oil has the anti-inflammatory potential and may benefit particularly those with advanced cases of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, joint disorders, and pervasive muscle pain.

Another 2016 mice study suggests that CBD has the potential to provide relief from arthritis pain-related inflammation and behavior. Other studies also suggest the anti-inflammatory effects in case of acute pancreatitis, acute lung injury, inflammatory bowel diseases. However, further studies and research are needed to support these benefits

Reduces Anxiety

CBD hemp oil is well known to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as prevent depressive episodes by increasing the levels of “positive” hormones and neurotransmitters in the body. Although some people claim that marijuana makes them “paranoid” or anxious, that is largely due to the psychotropic THC found in cannabis.

Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

A study published by David Cheng, Postdoctoral Scientist, Neuroscience Research, University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia, says that CBD has a potential as a preventive measure against symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This presents yet another exciting development for medical researchers, given the persistent challenges to finding effective solutions for this condition.

Anticancer Potential

Another major reason why CBD oil has been positively received in some parts of the medical community is its apparent effect on cancer and tumor growth.A study done by the researchers of the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, University of Rostock, Germany recommends the use of CBD oil (even direct injection into tumors) to eliminate or reduce the size of the tumors. The antioxidants in CBD hemp oil also provide anti-mutagenic properties and lower users’ risk of cancer.

Anti-psychotic

Studies performed on animals and humans have found that CBD oil has anti-psychotic properties too. The research supports the idea that this oil could be a possible therapeutic option in treating psychosis such as schizophrenia.

Promotes Good Sleep

There is a strong sedative quality to CBD hemp oil, making it a popular remedy for people with insomnia, sleeplessness, interrupted sleep, post-traumatic stress disorder, restless leg disorder, and other night-time issues. Dr. Scott Shannon, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA, published a report in the Permanete Journal, in which he recommended either inhaling a small amount of CBD oil, applying it to one’s chest, or even putting a few drops on one’s pillow to help get a good night’s sleep.

Boosts Immune System

The majority of cannabinoids have been proven to have positive effects on the body’s immune system, particularly CBD oil, as it can help regulate overactive immune systems. This means less susceptibility to allergens, and a possible application for autoimmune diseases, which are some of the most difficult-to-treat medical conditions.

Controls Appetite

CBD oil is also known to control the appetite. This is largely due to the release of certain hormones in the body that control hunger and satiety. By optimizing the levels of these hormones based on the actual needs of your body, you can establish a healthy appetite, particularly following surgery, extended illness or injury.

Skin Care

Improving the appearance of the skin, especially reducing the signs and symptoms of acne and eczema, are the great benefits of regular CBD oil use. Topical application is quite popular for this, whether in a diluted or undiluted form, depending on the severity of the skin affliction. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the oil can also soothe redness, itchiness, and swollen areas of the skin.

Controls Diabetes

A study published in the Autoimmunity Journal shows that cannabidiol present in CBD oil can control diabetes and lower the level of insulin. Although a lot more research needs to be done in this area of study, initial studies have laid the foundation for the use of CBD oil to lower the risk of diabetics.

Promotes Heart Health

CBD oil is highly beneficial for the cardiovascular system too. It enhances the vasorelaxation of the arteries, protecting it against the vascular damage caused by inflammation in a high glucose environment. However, deeper studies need to be made in order to fully explore its dosage and effects on cardiovascular health.

Reduces Drug Relapses

The non-psychoactive constituent of Cannabis sativa, cannabidiol, has therapeutic uses in giving relief from psychiatric disorders. It is used to fight alcoholism and cocaine addiction, which means it reduces alcohol and drug relapses.

Uses of CBD Oil

CBD hemp oil has a number of uses and comes in many forms including capsules, tinctures, sublingual supplements, liquid oil, oil as a paste, sprays, salves, creams and in edible forms, such as candies or sweets. You can also inhale CBD oil from vapor-releasing pens, similar to the technology for e-cigarettes. This variety also provides a lot of controlled flexibility in terms of concentration, making CBD hemp oil useful and desirable for people of all ages, economic means, and personal needs.

CBD Oil Dosage

An appropriate dosage of CBD oil will depend on the individual, as well as the severity of the health condition a person is trying to remedy.

  • Chronic pain – 5 mg per day until the pain subsides.
  • Multiple sclerosis – Patients may take 80 mg per day for 2-3 weeks at a time to soothe their symptoms.
  • Medicinal applications – The average amount for most medicinal applications is 25 mg, taken twice per day.

If this is not sufficient for calming your symptoms, a gradual increase of another 25 mg per day, over the course of 3-4 weeks, is recommended. While there have been no reports of more serious side effects when this oil is taken in larger concentrations, it is best to slowly increase your dose to find a comfortable and effective level, given your individual characteristics and needs.

More and more medical professionals are becoming informed about the potential benefits of CBD hemp oil, and are more commonly recommending it to their patients. Before adding this potent oil to your daily life, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition, speak with your doctor about any risks.

Is Hemp and CBD Oil Same?

Unlike CBD oil, hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant – typically industrial hemp. This means that a number of cannabinoids found in hemp oil are actually quite low. The CBD content of this oil may be close to 0%, whereas the CBD content of CBD hemp oil can be as high as 15% or more!

Hemp oil does have a number of uses and is often marketed as a cooking oil or a product that is good for moisturizing the skin. It is also used in the production of certain soaps, shampoos, and foods. It is also a basic ingredient for bio-fuel and even a more sustainable form of plastic. Hemp has been cultivated and used for roughly 10,000 years, and it definitely has useful purposes. However, a lack of cannabinoids, namely CBD, means that it has little therapeutic value.

Be wary of any manufacturers who try to market natural hemp oil for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory or other medicinal applications. You will be much better off with CBD hemp oil, which can have critical effects on human health that have been proven countless times.

CBD oil is not legal everywhere. It is banned/restricted by countries such as UAE, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. Although CBD oil is illegal in many of the US states too, some have legalized its use for medicinal purposes. While the number would be ever-changing, as of 2016 there are 17 states in the US which have legalized the use of low THC, high CBD products for medical reasons in limited situations. These states include Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. It is advisable to consult your local health specialist before use.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

There are a number of possible side effects to using CBD oil, such as fatigue, dry mouth, lightheadedness, hypotension, and impaired motor functions. However, when used in moderate amounts, most people do not experience these side effects, and none of them are known for being fatal or particularly dangerous. More than 20,000 studies have been done in the past 15 years on cannabis, hemp, and cannabinoids, and the results have been overwhelmingly supportive of the therapeutic potential and viability of CBD oil. That being said, some people should be cautious before using this powerful oil.

  • Blood Pressure: One of the notable soothing benefits of CBD oil is its effect on blood pressure, helping protect heart health and promote calmness in the body. However, if you are already taking medication for hypertension, combining this with CBD oil can potentially cause dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension).
  • Appropriate Use: Since sedation, fatigue, and lightheadedness are known effects of CBD hemp oil, particularly when consumed in large amounts, it is important that you do not use heavy machinery or attempt to drive while under the effects of this therapeutic oil.
  • Motor Functions: The sluggishness that many people associate with being “high” can be a side effect of concentrated CBD oil use, resulting in motor function impairment. This effect is temporary and passes in a matter of hours.
  • Weight Gain: Appetite stimulation, or at least regulation, is a side effect of CBD oil. So, if you are already struggling with obesity, be sure to monitor your intake of food to prevent overeating, snacking between meals and additional weight gain.
  • Oil Quality: The most dangerous aspect of CBD oil is potentially using low-quality oil or CBD oil that hasn’t been properly produced. With thousands of small businesses getting involved in the medicinal marijuana industry, it is more important than ever to research brands and pay attention to consumer reports concerning these oils.
  • Pregnancy: Research on the use of CBD oil during pregnancy is unfortunately lacking, but most experts do not recommend it. Other anecdotal reports support its use, particularly for aching muscles and anxiety or depression. Before using this oil – or any essential oil – while pregnant, always speak to a doctor about your particular condition.

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John Staughton (BASc, BFA)

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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Originally Published on thehappyminimalistgirl.com on September 27, 2018 By thehappyminimalistgirl

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Hi Lovelies! Lets talk some of my favorite stress relievers, and best of all they’re all natural ways to make you less anxious and relieve that stress! Some of the topics I’m going to talk about are unconventional and probably things you haven’t heard of so stay with me.

𝔽𝕖𝕖𝕥 𝕦𝕡 𝕠𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕨𝕒𝕝𝕝

Lay down with your back on a flat surface i.e your bed or floor, and put your legs flat up against a wall. This sounds super odd, but it actually has some awesome stress relieving benefits to it! Laying in this position allows your heart to not have to pump as hard and fast, and overall gives your heart a break. As soon as your heart rate lowers, even slightly, you’ll feel almost immediately less stressed and or less anxious. Stay in this position for 5 minutes and take deep and even breaths!

𝕄𝕠𝕟𝕢 𝕍𝕒𝕡𝕖

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This is a product I live by, now let me start off by saying there is absolutely no nicotine in this product! Monq Vapes are made of 80% coconut derived vegetable glycerin and 20% essential oils. You do not inhale Monq Vapes smoke you simply, allow the smoke to move around in your mouth, then you release it. They have a vape for every one of your moods, to feel happier, healthier, less stressed, less anxious and many more. I use the stress relieving one and it works wonders, it doesn’t make me feel light headed, it is however able to bring my pulse and heart rate down to a normal rhythm.

𝔼𝕤𝕤𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕚𝕒𝕝 𝕠𝕚𝕝𝕤

 

I just did a recent blog post about essential oils and all their awesome benefits. The best way to relieve stress while using essential oils is through a diffuser. The most popular oils to relieve stress are lavender, rose, orange, peppermint, and frankincense. Add a mix of those in your diffuser and let it filter through the air. Take some deep breaths and allow your mind and body to relax and get into a state of peace. I always diffuse some essential oils before I go to bed, it helps me calm down and get into a cozy mood for bed.

𝔼𝕡𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕊𝕒𝕝𝕥 𝔹𝕒𝕥𝕙

This is probably one of the easiest and cheapest ways to relieve stress and anxiety. You can buy epson salts at retail stores as well as grocery stores and drug stores. Epson salts are used most for relieving muscle pain, settling upset stomachs, and lowering joint inflammation. They sell epson salts mixed with lavender extracts which is what we are going to be discussing today. The epson salt is gonna relax your muscles and the lavender is used to relieve stress and anxiety. Take a warm or hot bath, mix in the salt, lay in the bath, cover your eyes with a cloth and take some deep breaths. Allow your body to soak in the baht for twenty to thirty minutes, you’ll feel rested and rejuvenated!

ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕞𝕠𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕖 𝕥𝕖𝕒

Chamomile tea has a bunch of natural benefits, its used for sedative, relaxing, anti-anxiety and digestive issues. You can buy chamomile tea almost anywhere, avoid adding lots of sugar or milk products, you really want your body to digest all the nutrients from the tea. You can add a few drops of rose essential oil for mood lifting, calming and soothing benefits. Drink a cup before bed, or fill a tumbler with some homemade chamomile tea and take it on the go. Sip it slowly throughout the day and let it work its magic.

𝔼𝕒𝕥 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖 𝕔𝕒𝕣𝕓𝕤

This one probably sounds weird, and a little scary if you’re on a weight loss journey but trust me it works. Some times your body is feeling super stressed and anxious because your blood sugar has dropped. This can obviously happen if you haven’t eaten all day but it can also happen randomly throughout the day. Eating carbs like fresh bread, even a donut, or crackers can help tremendously. Even if you are on a weight loss journey, take a step back and have a cheat snack. The carbs will turn into sugar and it’ll almost immediately raise your blog sugar giving you a high. Sometimes your weight loss journey or strict healthy eating lifestyle can be the thing causing your body stress. Give your self a break from time to time.

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒 𝕘𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕖

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Lets be honest, sometimes work and life can get so hectic that it causes reoccurring stress in our lives, and a glass of wine can help. Don’t get into the habit of doing this every night, or drinking a ton, simply have a glass anytime you feel overly stressed. Take the time to enjoy the wine, and how it taste, don’t just throw it back to take the edge off. You can even invite a friend over to enjoy some wine and bread and talk about whats bothering you. Trust me none of your friends are gonna turn down an evening of carbs and wine!

Lavender Eau de Toilette

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I was glancing over this book that I’ve had for a while called Bath Scents by Alan Hayes. I found this cool recipe for Lavender Toilet Water.  I made it and I am quite pleased with the results.  What made it even more awesome is that I have lavender plants around my home and I already had lavender oil so the only thing I really needed to buy was some vodka.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Spray Bottles (Save empty hair spray bottles and rinse out well and you can repurpose them)
  • 16 ounces distilled water (500 ml)
  • 2 ounces (50 g) lavender buds (about 4 teaspoons dried)
  • 10 ounces vodka (310 ml)
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:  Place 2 ounces of lavender buds in a large ceramic bowl and pour boiling 16 ounces of distilled water.  (Personally I used tap water because it’s for my own use.)  Allow it to steep for 12 hours or overnight for a strong infusion.  Oh wow your home will smell absolutely divine!!  Use muslin, cheese cloth or a strainer to separate the lavender buds from the lavender infusion.

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Add the vodka and lavender oil, seal in a bottle and leave to stand for two weeks.  Drip through a coffee filter after 2 weeks and then rebottle.

Honestly it smells really nice and not over bearing.  I use it as an air freshener, spray it on my hair and body.  It smells really clean and not over powerful.  I really like it and I hope you do too.

I think this would make a lovely gift for someone.  The greatest thing is that there’s no junk in this spray.  Making your own stuff can be really fun and can save you $$ as well.  Feel free to share this with your friends and comment about your thoughts.

Ciao Bella

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It kind of looks like lavender tea.  It’s not all Martha Stewarty but then again, I’m not Martha Stewart.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California.  She lives with her daughter in Puppy.  She is a Plogger and to find our how you can learn about our future click here.

Fish oil: friend or foe?

This Article is really important as it discusses Fish Oil which is a very beneficial for the heart. But beware that not all fish oil is created equal.  And some of it can be rancid and you really don’t know about the health of the fish.  Check out this article and then you can decide for yourself what is best.  XOXO Valerie

Originally Published on Health.Harvard.edu on July 12, 2013 on By Howard LeWine, M.D.

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The answer is more friend than foe, if the fish oil comes from food sources rather than supplements.

Omega-3s in balance

What’s so special about fish oil? It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. These must come from food, since our bodies can’t make them.

The two key omega-3 fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in these omega-3s. Some plants are rich in another type of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, which the body can convert to DHA and EPA. Good sources of these are flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and canola oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development, and inflammation. Deficiencies have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, mood disorders, arthritis, and more. But that doesn’t mean taking high doses translates to better health and disease prevention.

Fish oil supplements have been promoted as easy way to protect the heart, ease inflammation, improve mental health, and lengthen life. Such claims are one reason why Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on over-the-counter fish oil. And food companies are adding it to milk, yogurt, cereal, chocolate, cookies, juice, and hundreds of other foods.

But the evidence for improving heart health is mixed. In May 2013, for example, Italian researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that omega-3 fatty acid supplements did nothing to reduce heart attacks, strokes, or deaths from heart disease in people with risk factors for heart disease.

Evidence linking fish oil and cancer has been all over the map. Some research suggests diets high in fatty fish or fish oil supplements might reduce the risk of certain cancers, including prostate cancer. Other research shows just the opposite, a link between eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements and a 43% increased risk for prostate cancer overall, and a 71% increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer.

Take home message

How food, and its component molecules, affect the body is largely a mystery. That makes the use of supplements for anything other than treating a deficiency questionable.

Despite this one study, you should still consider eating fish and other seafood as a healthy strategy. If we could absolutely, positively say that the benefits of eating seafood comes entirely from omega-3 fats, then downing fish oil pills would be an alternative to eating fish. But it’s more than likely that you need the entire orchestra of fish fats, vitamins, minerals, and supporting molecules, rather than the lone notes of EPA and DHA.

The same holds true of other foods. Taking even a handful of supplements is no substitute for wealth of nutrients you get from eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

What should you do if you currently take fish oil? If your doctor prescribed them—they are an approved and effective treatment for people with high blood triglyceride levels—follow his or her instructions until you can have a conversation about fish oil.

If you are taking them on your own because you believe they are good for you, it’s time to rethink that strategy. If you don’t eat fish or other seafood, you can get omega-3s from ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, canola oil, and soy oil. One to two servings per day can help you avoid a deficiency of omega-3s.

Experts will surely remain divided on their opinions about fish oil supplements for the general population. And don’t expect any clarity about what to do any time soon. I expect other studies with flip-flopping results in the future.

Following food author Michael Pollan’s simple advice about choosing a diet may be the best way forward: “Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.”

How To Make Natural and Antibacterial Mouthwash

I did try this mouth wash and I do like it.  It obviously has a different feel than store bought mouth washes.  But I feel like it definitely works very well and it’s so inexpensive and eco friendly that it’s definitely worth it.  Thanks for caring enough about Mother Earth to make your own mouth wash.  You’re a Rock Star. XOXO Valerie

Originally published on DiyNatural.com By Betsy Jabs

How To Make Natural and Antibacterial Mouthwash

Ever watched the clock hoping you could endure the burn of your mouthwash for a full minute? I have never been able to stand the harsh burn of commercial mouthwash, so after reading about beneficial properties of peppermint essential oil I did what any creative DIY’er would do… set out to make my own.

Natural and antibacterial homemade mouthwash

We strive to create recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and effective – this mouthwash is all that and even has antibacterial and antifungal properties to help keep bad breath at bay. Here’s all you need to make mouthwash:

A container – I use a small mason jar
½ cup filtered or distilled water (find the best water purification systems here)
2 tsp baking soda
2 drops tea tree essential oil (find 100% pure essential oils here)
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Baking soda will settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use, so be sure to shake mouthwash before each use. Swish about 2-3 teaspoons of this homemade formula in your mouth for a minute or two. As with any mouthwash, try to avoid swallowing this while gargling.

Feel free to double this recipe for a larger batch. Making really big batches is not recommended because the oils will continue to blend over time and flavors can change.

Matt and Betsy are passionate about living naturally and building a like-minded community focused on the sustainable lifestyle.

DIY Natural is about rediscovering the traditional value of doing things yourself, doing them naturally, and enjoying the benefits. Welcome to the movement!

Save money and get better mouthwash

A few years ago we paid $3.50 for a liter (nearly 34 ounces) of generic Listerine, and that’s about the lowest price you’ll find. If we divide $3.50/34 we get approximately $0.10/ounce for the store bought mouthwash. Our mouthwash recipe above yields 5 ounces with raw ingredients that cost approximately $0.03/ounce.

If you were to make a liter of this homemade natural mouthwash it would cost you approximately $1.00 which is $2.50 less than the store bought.

Homemade mouthwash delivers us a savings of approximately 250%.

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Xylitol mouthwash and other optional ingredients

Xylitol is a natural sweetener proven to have a positive effect on tooth and gum health. It is recommended by many natural dentists and is now a popular ingredient in natural toothpaste, gum and mouthwash. It is not a necessary ingredient for this natural homemade mouthwash but it will improve the taste and even the effectiveness. About 1 teaspoon is recommended if using in this recipe.

Matt just ran out of toothpaste and is whipping up a new batch that will include a bit of Xylitol and possibly even some coconut oil for better texture. (Purchase quality coconut oil here.)

Warning: Xylitol can be extremely toxic to dogs. It is best to keep any Xylitol products or items sweetened with Xylitol stored safely away from dogs.

How To Make Natural and Antibacterial Mouthwash_3Matt and Betsy are passionate about living naturally and building a like-minded community focused on the sustainable lifestyle.

DIY Natural is about rediscovering the traditional value of doing things yourself, doing them naturally, and enjoying the benefits. Welcome to the movement!

How To Smell Fresh the Healthy Way

pexels-photo-207518.jpegI get it that we all want to smell good.  We want to cover up any evidence that we are human and that we sweat and sometimes get stinky.  This discussion is about antiperspirants and deodorant that is sold in many drug stores across the United States and world-wide.  I do not use anti-perspirant because there are so many toxic ingredients.

So what is the first reason that I don’t like it? That is because it has aluminum in the ingredients.  Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s.  So this article is not about that.  But there has been research done and I am not going to gamble on my life just so I can not sweat and also take the risk of Alzheimers.  So if you want to take that risk.  Knock yourself out.  We all have this wonderful thing called free will.  And you get to decide how you live your life and if that’s how you want to do it.  That’s your choice.  But I’m making a different decision.

The second reason is that it stops you from sweating.  What is the reason to sweat?  To rid our body of toxins. (more here on that subject).  We must be able to release this from our body and if our under arms are clogged, it can’t get out.  So where does it go?  Gee maybe to your lymph nodes which contributes to breast cancer.  So not only does it contribute to Alzheimer’s but also breast cancer.

Don’t worry dear ones you don’t have to  have to just suffer with the funk?  To be perfectly honest, I use this natural blend I came up with.  It’s actually this natural toothpaste.  I guess it has multiple uses.  I was on vacation and I had forgotten my deodorant at home so I used the toothpaste and it worked great.  I did not smell.

But I do have an actual spray on recipe, if that would make you feel better.  But I have not tried this.  The tooth paste does work but you have to try for you.wild-flowers-flowers-plant-macro-40797.jpeg

Also remember when you make your own products, you are being super eco-friendly.  Because you put it in your own jar and didn’t buy a plastic container. So you are not only saving yourself $$ big time.  But you’re saving the planet.  And that makes you a Super Hero.  And you are sticking up for yourself and refusing to use something that is harmful to your welfare.

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So before you put it all over do a little patch test.  Put a small amount on the inside of your forearm to test for a reaction.  If after a couple of hours you don’t see anything then you are golden to use it.

So here is the recipe for the spray on deodorant:

  • 4 ounces witch hazel
  • 20 drops therapeutic-grade tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops therapeutic-grade lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil melted
  • glass spray bottle
  1. Boil a cup of hot water and put the hot water in a bowl.
  2. In a smaller cup or bowl (espresso mug) put the witch hazel in the bowl to warm up slightly.  Pour in glass bottle
  3. melt the coconut oil and pour in glass bottle (use a funnel)
  4. Add the essential oils, shake up and you are done.

I know it’s so much easier to just go shopping and buy it.  So there are natural alternatives to antiperspirants that you can purchase.  Here are some good suggestions for you to consider.  Just try to see the possibility of staying healthy.  You really have to be your own best advocate.  If you don’t look out for yourself, who else will do it?

If you take a shower at night, you can put it on before bed because you never know what can happen after the lights go out.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor.  She is passionate about the environment and knowing that as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  Valerie is a dancer and is documenting her journey.  She also is recovering from a 26 year career in law enforcement.

Thrifty Tea Tree Cleaner

pexels-photo-255441.jpegThere’s nothing I love more than saving $$ on something.  I first started making natural cleaners a few years back when I read a book about how all of the chemicals that we breathe and that touch our skin get absorbed into our body. (Think about how the nicotine patch gets absorbed into your skin.)  So I decided to start researching recipes and I found one that works really well and it’s very affordable.

So a recently published a  blog post  on how you can use  Tea Tree Oil for your hair treatments.  So I’m on a bit of a Tea Tree roll.  Tea Tree has many benefits and it is a killer on germs.  And once you have the tea tree, the other ingredients are readily available.

Another benefit of the cleaner is that you can give it to your kids to clean  and don’t have to worry about them being poisoned.  You can buy a spray bottle or repurpose an empty hair spray bottle.  Take an empty hair spray bottle and clean it out with baking soda and vinegar and give it a good cleaning.  Rinse well.  You shouldn’t be able to smell anything in the bottle.  If you can still smell some of the hairspray then use more baking soda and vinegar, shake it up and rinse and repeat.  That way I’m repurposing something that would normally end up in the landfill.  (Note please purchase some labels or use squares of paper and tape it on the bottle to write what is in the bottle.) This would be called a General Purpose Cleaner.  You don’t want to think you are spraying hair spray but really it’s cleaner.  Or people will think you are insane when you are spraying hair spray on your counter.My my mom comes to visit, she would be asking me what is this?  So now I know better so that’s why I really label things because sometimes I forget too about what’s in the bottle.

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These kids are figuring out how to clean the planet.  They will be glad their parents use natural cleaners.

Here are the ingredients:

General Purpose Cleaner

  1. 1/4 cup vinegar
  2. 20-30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  3. 3/4 cup distilled water

And that’s it.  You can use this on your hands if you are in a hurry, counter tops, stoves, floors, microwave, refrigerator, bathroom etc.  It’s really good and it doesn’t have a bunch of ingredients.  I have another recipe that’s citrus which I’ll post as well in case you want to try that.  But it has so many more ingredients and I just like to keep things kind of basic and it’s also less expensive.

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

  1. 1/2 cup vinegar
  2. 1/2 cup distilled water
  3. 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  4. 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  5. 5 drops orange essential oil
  6. 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

The Citrus Cleaner is really wonderful.  But I’m trying to help you guys out and not make you buy a bunch of stuff you don’t really need.  But it is a good one if you want to go that way.  Also with the added alcohol, you really get the feeling like everything is super clean.

My intention with these cleaners is that we can clean without injuring ourselves in the process.  Also the use of these products will not harm our planet or you or your kids so it’s definitely a win win situation.

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Thank you for following my Blog.  I am starting a campaign of asking people to give up the Big 4.  Plastic Water Bottles, Straws, Disposable Coffee Cups and plastic Bags.  Together we can clean up our planet, one thing at a time.  But we need to all work together for our future.

Remember as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  XOXO and Namaste!!!

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor, health and wellness coach who lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You can learn more about Valerie
here.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Hair

Originally Published on Hairfinity.com on December 4, 2015

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Tea tree oil has been used for thousands of years but has only recently started to become popular as a natural hair care product. The practice of using tea tree oil started in Australia, by native aborigines and was used to cure cuts, burns, boils and for use as an antiseptic. Tea tree oil is extracted from a narrow-leaved tree native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil is an amazing natural beauty product that should be a staple in any woman’s beauty arsenal. Tea tree oil is a great natural choice for cleansing hair because it won’t cause damage or dryness. It can be used for a number of hair and beauty problems and can help to reduce the effects of hair loss and promote hair growth. Tea tree oil is becoming more and more popular as a natural hair care product. It can be used alone or paired with a gentle shampoo, like HAIRFINITY Gentle Cleanse Shampoo to gently cleanse and moisturize the hair and scalp.

You can use tea tree oil to maintain a healthy scalp, but it is also important to foster scalp health from the inside. HAIRFINITY Healthy Hair Vitamins are formulated with hair specific nutrients that will promote hair that is healthier and more vibrant.

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How to use tea tree oil for hair

Using tea tree oil for hair is an easy and effective way to maintain healthy hair and a healthy scalp. You can apply tea tree oil for hair in many ways, by simply massaging the oil onto your scalp or adding a few drops to your favorite shampoo.

  • For daily cleansing: You can easily make your own tea tree oil shampoo at home by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo. This will help to enhance the shampoo’s therapeutic properties. Apply the mixture to the scalp and gently massage for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Massaging the mixture into the scalp will help enhance the medicinal properties of the tea tree oil.
  • For hair growth: tea tree oil helps to unclog hair follicles and nourish your roots. To use tea tree oil as a hair growth treatment, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with any carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, almond). Mix it well and massage the mixture onto the scalp. Rinse thoroughly. The mixture should feel refreshing and will have a tingling effect on your scalp. Tea tree oil can also be mixed with olive oil to add softness, smoothness and to add a protective layer that will be resistant to toxins and will help to promote hair growth. To prepare, warm olive oil for a few seconds and mix in 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair at least once a day for 3 weeks in order to see amazing results.
  • For dry scalp: Tea tree oil is amazing for your dry scalp as it moisturizes and nourishes your scalp and hair. It helps to clear the blockages in the pores and helps to prevent dryness and itching. To use tea tree oil for your dry scalp, take a few drops of tea tree oil and mix it well with jojoba oil. Massage the mixture gently onto your scalp for 10-15 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and wash your hair as normal. Repeat this process regularly to relieve any symptoms associated with dry scalp. Tea tree oil can also be added to your regular conditioner to help relieve the itchiness caused by dry scalp. Simply shampoo your hair as normal, then add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular conditioner. Mix it well and apply to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse off completely.
  • For dandruff: Tea tree oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that fight against the fungus that causes dandruff, and does so without drying your scalp. It works as a natural conditioner to your hair and eliminates any agents that are causing your skin to flake. Simply add tea tree oil to your existing shampoo, about 10 drops for every 8 ounces of shampoo in the bottle. Shampoo your hair thoroughly and allow the tea tree oil mixture to sit on your hair for at least 3-5 minutes. This will let the oil work itself into the hair and begin to treat the scalp. After the oil has set, rinse the shampoo from your hair thoroughly.
  • Hot oil treatment: Tea tree oil can be added to any of your favorite hot oil treatments to add moisture to your scalp and help to treat dryness/itchiness. Choose any carrier oil such as jojoba, olive, sesame, castor, almond or coconut oil. Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to ½ cup of oil (use less if your hair is naturally more prone to oiliness, more if it is more prone to dryness). Warm your oil mixture by heating plain water on the stove. Wait until the water is just about to boil and remove the pot from the stove. Put the oil mixture in a separate container and place it in the warm water until the oil warms up. Test the oil on your wrist first to check the temperature, making sure it is not too hot. Section your hair into four sections, to make distribution easier and more even. Using an applicator bottle or your hands, apply the oil to your hair, distributing evenly. Carefully massage the mixture into your scalp and coat through to your ends. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and let the oil treatment sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal.
  • Hair mask: Tea tree oil can be used in a hair mask to help eliminate dandruff, dryness and itchy skin. Begin by choosing a base for your mask – one cup of plain yogurt or one whole avocado mashed up. Both are thick enough to act as a paste and will also moisturize due to their abundance of healthy fats. Add 10 drops of argan oil, 2 tablespoons of honey (both will aid in hydration and act as a glue). Add some drops of tea tree oil and stir the mixture until smooth and creamy. Using gloves, apply the mixture directly to your scalp, press in and massage gently using your fingertips. Leave on for 10 minutes, then make sure to rinse out thoroughly. If you don’t have time for a DIY mask try adding tea tree oil to a conditioning treatment like HAIRFINITY Haircare

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Tips, tricks and facts for using tea tree oil for hair

  • Tea tree oil can be used on any type of hair, no matter what style, texture or length
  • Tea tree oil on its own is quite strong, so be sure to dissolve the oil into another carrier oil (like coconut, jojoba or olive) before applying to your hair or scalp. When applied in its undiluted form, tea tree oil can actually be very irritating and can cause itching and dryness. Stop using tea tree oil if you notice redness, rash, or irritation.
  • There are many tea tree oil based hair products like shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and dandruff shampoos on the market now to choose from. Try more than one type to see what works best for you and your individual needs.
  • Tea tree oil can cause allergies in some people, so try doing a patch test first with your diluted solution before applying it to your scalp or hair.
    Try using a mixture of carrier oil with tea tree oil on dry hair. This may help to reduce or eliminate stubborn dandruff from the scalp.
  • Make sure that you are only using a few drops of tea tree oil with your carrier oil, or if using with a shampoo/conditioner, adding only 10 drops for every 8 ounces of shampoo/conditioner. If too much is used, it can have the opposite effect and cause hair to become extremely brittle and weak.
  • Tea tree oil is not only a great solution for hair but can also help to treat a number of skin infections and respiratory problems.

Tea tree oil has been used for thousands of years, and for good reason. Its natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties make it a great all natural treatment for many scalp ailments, like dandruff, oily hair and itchy scalp. Tea tree oil is one of the healthiest natural oils available and very effective as a treatment to increase hair growth. Tea tree oil is an amazing beauty product for both skin and hair, and should definitely have a place in every woman’s beauty cabinet! For more information about the benefits of tea tree oil or any other natural oil please visit hairfinity.com

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Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

Valerie’s tip:  The other benefit to this oil is that it can be used to get rid of spiders and rodents.  Just put some peppermint oil on cotton balls and put it where ever you don’t want mice to go. You can pick up some really good peppermint oil here.

Originally Published on Draxe.com

Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses and antimicrobial properties, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world along with lavender. Literally, there are few body, health, and mind issues that it cannot help.

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues.

Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica). The essential oils are gathered by steam distillation of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant. The most active ingredients include menthol (35–45%) and menthone (10–30%).

Clinically speaking, peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon because of its ability to reduce muscle spasms.

Not only is peppermint one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine. It’s also mentioned in Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was transformed into an herb by Pluto who had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.

The health benefits of peppermint oil as well as peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids.

Peppermint Oil Benefits

Some of the most common peppermint oil uses include:

  • Reduces stomach aches
  • Soothe digestive issues
  • Freshens bad breath
  • Relieves headaches
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Improves mental focus
  • Clears respiratory tract
  • Boosts energy
  • Releases tight muscles
  • Cost-effective natural solution to replace pharmaceutical drugs

I cannot honestly think of one reason why anyone on the planet would choose not to have peppermint oil in his or her medicine cabinet at home!

Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses

Ready to start harnessing the health benefits of peppermint? If so, here are 25 ways to use this incredible herb:

1. Muscle Pain Relief –Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles, and melting away a tension headache. A study shows that peppermint oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The study found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful. Calyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations.(1) Try my recipe for homemade muscle rub to ease muscle pain.

2. Sinus Care –Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog your sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.

3. Joint Therapy –When your joints get achy, applying some pure peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil can cool muscles like an ice bath, but help you to stay warm and dry.

4. Reduce Hunger Cravings –Inhaling peppermint essential oil can stave off the munchies and can help you feel full faster. If you can’t have a diffuser with you at dinnertime, try applying a couple drops on your temples or chest, or take a couple of deep sniffs from the bottle.

5. Natural Energizer –For a non-toxic alternative to dangerous energy drinks, take a few whiffs of peppermint. It will perk you up on long road trips, in school or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.” For those with chronic fatigue syndrome, peppermint oil may improve focus and concentration.

6. Improve Your Shampoo –Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner to stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and wake up! Because it is a powerful antiseptic, peppermint can also help remove dandruff and lice. Try my homemade rosemary mint shampoo, a safe and economical shampoo for you and your family.

7. Allergy Relief –Peppermint oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages and can help clear out the muck and pollen during allergy season. Diffusing peppermint along with clove oil and eucalyptus oil can also reduce allergy symptoms.

8. ADHD Support –Try spritzing some peppermint oil on your child’s shirt before study time or placing a drop on her tongue or under her nose for improved concentration and alertness.

9. Anti-Itch –Whether you’re battling a rash or poison ivy, applying some peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil is certain to cool and soothe any itch.

10. Fever Reducer –Because of peppermint oil’s cooling effects, it is an excellent natural treatment to bring down a fever especially in children. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on a child’s neck and on the bottom of their feet to help stabilize a fever instead of aspirin or other drugs.

11. Natural Bug Repellant –Ticks aren’t the only bugs that hate peppermint oil. In fact, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice, and even lice will be repelled. Follow this recipe and make your own natural bug floor cleaner!

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12. Skin Health -Peppermint oil has calming effects on skin inflammation. You can mix peppermint oil into lip balm and body lotion for a nice cooling sensation. Try my Lavender Mint Lip Balm to nourish lips throughout the year. Mixing peppermint and lavender essential oils can improve eczema and psoriasis when applied topically.

13. Acne Treatment –According to medical studies one of the best Peppermint Oil Uses is facial treatment thanks to anti-microbial properties so is an excellent ingredient to help cure acne naturally.

14. Headache Cure -Peppermint oil has the ability to improve circulation, heal the gut and relax tense muscles. All of these conditions can cause tension headaches or migraines making peppermint oil an excellent natural treatment. A study from researchers at the Neurological Clinic at the University of Kiel, Germany, found that a combination of oils, including peppermint oil had “significant analgesic effect with a reduction in sensitivity to headaches.” The oils were applied to the forehead and temples for pain relief.(2)

15. Hair Growth -Peppermint oil is used in many high quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. Simply add some peppermint oil to your current shampoo or make your own homemade rosemary mint shampoo that can help stop hair loss and thinning.

16. Sunburn Relief -Peppermint oil can hydrate burnt skin and relieve the pain from sunburns. You can mix peppermint oil with a bit of coconut oil and apply it directly to the affected area, or make my natural homemade sunburn spray to relief pain and support healthy skin renewal.

17. IBS Treatment -Peppermint oil taken internally in capsule form has been proven to be effective at naturally treating IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). One study found a 50% reduction in IBS symptoms with 75% of patients who used it.(3)

18. Improve Bloating and Indigestion -Peppermint oil has been established as a natural alternative to drugs like Buscopan to reduce spasms of the colon. It works by relaxing the muscles of your intestines, which can also reduce bloating and gas. Try peppermint tea or adding 1 drop of peppermint oil to your water before meals.

19. Freshen Breath and Reduce Cavities -Tried and true for well over 1,000 years peppermint has been used to naturally freshen breath. According to studies, peppermint oil performed better than the mouthwash chemicals chlorhexidine at reducing cavities. You can make homemade toothpaste, mouth wash, or add a drop under your tongue followed with glass of water, this freshens bad breath too.

20. Reduce Nausea –A medical study found that peppermint oil uses reduced nausea that is induced by chemotherapy better than standard medical treatments. Simply adding a drop of peppermint oil to water, or rubbing 1-2 drops behind your ears, or even diffusing it can help to reduce nausea.

21. Respiratory benefits -Peppermint essential oil has the ability to open your airways and act as a decongestant. Mix it with coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil to make my homemade vapor rub to help reduce the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.

22. Colic -Medical research has discovered using peppermint oil is equally effective as the drug Simethione for treating infantile colic, without the side effects associated with prescribed medications. Peppermint oil is an essential part of my natural remedies for colic.

23. Teething -Peppermint oil is a great natural remedy to relieve the pain associated with teething in infants. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and rub on the gum area.

24. Balance hormones and relieve symptoms of PCOS -Peppermint oil may have hormone balancing effects and be therapeutic for polycystic ovarian syndrome.

25. Cancer treatment -Clinical research indicates that peppermint contains the compound menthol, which inhibits prostate cancer growth. Also, studies found peppermint protects against radiation-induced DNA damage and cell death.(5)

Peppermint Oil Studies and Research

At the time I wrote this article, there were 302 scientific studies referring to peppermint essential oils and 2297 about menthol. Believe me when I tell you, the research out there is air-tight! If you make it a point to incorporate this powerful remedy into your daily routine, I promise you that your life will change in more ways than you can imagine.

Take for instance, a 2012 study out of Clayton State University that tested peppermint oils ability to reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting. Generally occurring as a common side effect of general anesthesia, about one-third of all people undergoing surgery suffer from these conditions at various degrees of intensity.

For Moms who just had a C-section, this can be especially devastating as it is very likely to interfere with breastfeeding and could prevent them from that wonderful bonding experience with their baby.

The study tested evaluated how 35 Moms responded to this ancient aromatherapy and discovered that peppermint essential oil was not only quite effective in reducing post-operative nausea and vomiting, it “significantly lowered” the sickness levels of participants compared to women who received standard anti-nausea medications.

More than just aromatherapy, just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on the stomach or taken internally can calm indigestion in no time flat. The powerful ability of peppermint to help with gastrointestinal concerns has just been tapped by the scientific community.

New research has found peppermint can improve antibiotic resistance and help heal your body from the overuse of prescription antibiotics and other chemicals that affect your body. This is probably part of the reason it is so effective in treating IBS.

A combined medical study of all the literature on peppermint’s ability to cure irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was just published this July and, of the nine studies combined they stated:

“Peppermint oil was found to be significantly superior to placebo for overall improvement of IBS symptoms and improvement in abdominal pain.” They concluded,

“Peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term treatment for IBS.”
Peppermint Oil To Repel Bugs

Growing up in mosquito country, one of my favorite uses for peppermint oil is definitely to repel bugs!

A study that was published out of Israel last year compared how 7 different commercial bug repellants fared against each other. As you’d expect it, the All-Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent (which is a blend of cinnamon, eugenol, geranium, peppermint, and lemongrass oils) was tied as the most effective mosquito repellant with OFF!® (which is loaded with toxic chemicals like DEET). A further study showed that peppermint oil resulted in 150 minutes of complete protection time against mosquitos, with just 0.1 mL of oil applied on the arms.(6) The researchers noted that after 150 minutes, the efficacy of peppermint oil decreased, and needed to be reapplied.

Peppermint Recipes

One final way I would encourage you to use peppermint is as part of your diet. Here are some of my favorite peppermint recipes:

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

GI Healing Juice

Concerns and Potential Interactions

Peppermint oil is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food, and when used topically.(7) Ingesting peppermint oil may cause side effects for some that include heartburn, flushing, mouth sores, headache. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil. Enteric-coated peppermint oil supplements may cause rapid dissolving leading to heartburn, nausea, and rapid absorption of some medications. Take necessary precautions.

The following medications carry a “moderate” potential for interaction with peppermint oil:

Neoral, Sandimmune, Elavil, Haldol, Zofran, Inderal, Theo-Dur, Calan, Isoptin, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Diazepam, Valium, Soma, Viracept, Cataflam, Voltaren, Ibuprofen/Motrin, Mobic, Feldene, Celebrex, Elavil, Warfarin/Coumadin, Glucotrol, Iosartan, Cozaar, Mevacor, Nizoral, Sporanox, Allegra, Halcion.

The following medications carry a “minor” potential for interaction with peppermint oil:

Over-the-counter and prescription antacids including Tums, Rolaids, Ripan, Bilagog, Amphojel, Tagamet, Zantac, Axid, Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Nexium.

Natural supplement precautions:

Peppermint can reduce the absorption of iron when taken simultaneously. If taking iron supplements and peppermint oil, allow at least 3 hours between the two. Peppermint oil also increases the absorption of quercetin when taken at the same time; allow at least 3 hours between taking these together.

If you want to learn more about the incredible health benefits of essential oils, check out this free Dr. Axe’s Guide to Essential Oils.
How about you? What do YOU use peppermint essential oil for?