If you want a real spa experience at home, essential oils help to create a relaxing spa atmosphere. Below is a delightful peppermint foot soak recipe. Additionally, if you have a nebulizer, add a few drops of the oil and enjoy the aromatic mist that relieves congestion, opens up nasal passages and bronchial tubes affected by asthma and other lung issues while your feet soak up the goodness.
The benefits of a peppermint foot soak are many, including reducing swelling of feet and ankles, opening up pores, relieving stress, relaxing, soothing sore muscles to name a few.
Peppermint Foot Soak Recipe
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
2 -3 drops of the peppermint essential oil
Basin of Warm Water
Fill a basin (large enough for 2 feet) with warm water.
Add Epsom Salts
Add 2 drops of peppermint oil
Stir it together until salts are completely dissolved
Sit down, insert your feet into the warmth and relax while reading a good book, listening to soft music, or just meditating on good things.
While you’re at it, enjoy a refreshing cup of peppermint tea and let your cares fade away.
Other Uses of Peppermint:
WebMD.com says peppermint is good for:
- Relaxing the colon during medical exams, including barium enemas. Using peppermint oil as an ingredient in enemas seems to relax the colon during barium enema examinations. Also, taking peppermint oil by mouth before the start of a barium enema also seems to decrease spasms.
- Breastfeeding discomfort. Research suggests that breastfeeding women who apply peppermint oil on their skin have less cracked skin and pain in the nipple area.
- Heartburn (dyspepsia). Taking peppermint oil by mouth together with caraway oil seems to reduce feelings of fullness and stomach spasms. A specific combination product containing peppermint (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc) also seems to improve symptoms of heartburn, including severity of acid reflux, stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting. The combination includes peppermint leaf plus clown’s mustard plant, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, milk thistle, angelica, celandine, and lemon balm.
- Spasms caused by endoscopy. Research shows that peppermint oil can reduce pain and spasms in people undergoing endoscopy, a procedure used to see within the gastrointestinal tract.
- Migraine headache. Applying a peppermint solution to the skin at the start of a migraine and again 30 minutes later seems to increase the percentage of patients who experience headache resolution.
- Tension headache. Applying peppermint oil to the skin seems to help relieve tension headaches.