Turns out, peppermint is kind of a jack-of-all-trades. It can soothe an upset stomach, act as an anti-bacterial agent in natural mouthwashes and hand sanitizers, and even boost your focus or cure headaches when used in aromatherapy.
But in addition to these perks, peppermint essential oil offers a range of topical benefits such as soothing cracked lips when used in a healing balm, eliminating acne when used as a spot treatment, and deep cleaning the scalp, among many others.
“Peppermint oil is one of the few essential oils (like lavender or tea tree) that has a ton of uses in all areas of your life: personal care, laundry, cleaning, aromatherapy; it even has culinary and medicinal uses,” says Julia Teren, founder of Thesis Beauty. (Here are the 5 most versatile essential oils you can own.)
“Specifically, in personal care, it has several important properties: deodorizing, antiseptic, powerful skin purifier, cooling and refreshing for the skin. Menthol is the major constituent of this oil and is responsible for the majority of these effects.”
Here, we’ve highlighted 5 ways to properly use peppermint essential oil so it can reawaken dry, dull winter skin and hair.
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