Peppermint oil is one type of essential oil that can be ingested. It is added to candies, gum and other food items. You can also make a peppermint drink to take for a number of digestive concerns like nausea, diarrhea, indigestion and cramps. Peppermint is thought to fight the onset of the flu or colds; it also acts as an expectorant and decongestant to ease your symptoms if you catch one of these illnesses. Make a peppermint drink to ease these symptoms. Peppermint oil has numerous other uses, from soothing headaches to boosting your mood, but for these uses it is diluted and applied to the skin or inhaled. Check with your doctor before taking peppermint oil.
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Pour one cup of warm water in a glass or mug.
Add only one drop of therapeutic grade peppermint oil to the water.
Add a spoonful of honey and stir the contents.
Drink the mixture to ease your cold, flu or digestive symptoms.
- "The Essential Natural Health Bible"; Nerys Purchon; 2006
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Peppermint
- Botanical.com: What Makes an Essential Oil Therapeutic Grade?