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Monday, April 1, 2019

Essential Oils 101 with Jess - April 2019: Peppermint

Awhile ago, I got curious about essential oils.  A lot of people I know that either prefer natural/herbal medicines or cannot take or use a lot of modern antibiotics due to allergies or other health issues use essential oils.  Because of this, I asked a friend of mine, Jessica, who is an essential oil guru in my opinion, if she'd be willing to do a monthly feature on here for me about essential oils, and she said she'd be delighted to! :)  "Essential Oils 101 with Jess" will go live the first day of every month, and I hope you find the information helpful!  If you're curious about essential oils, this information will be a great starting point for you! (See the disclaimer at the bottom of the post for further information.)

Without further adieu, I give you Jess!


As a wife to a husband who works hard at 50+ hours a week and a stay-at-home Mommy of 2 very busy littles, I simply say, "Hello!  My name is Jess!"  I've been faithfully using my Young Living kit and oils for 2 years now.  I thought that they were just over priced bottles of smelly oils, and it took me a year before I actually USED them in 2016 after my daughter was born and she fell ill.  After a few failed attempts of medicines and research, I made the choice to turn to oils.  The difference within 24 hours sold me out, and now they've become a daily part of my family's lives!  I love to do research upon research to find just what different oils are, what they do, and how I can use them.  My passion to share and teach others continues to grow daily.  Unfortunately, we aren't born with vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge, so that's why I'm here!  I want to make that road a little easier for each of you! 

April's Oil of the Month:
Peppermint 5mL

The snow is gone!  I said, the snow is GONE!!!!!  Open your little eyes and take in the renewed colors and life all around!  Take a deep breath and smell those flowers starting to bloom!  Just inhale…..ACHOOOOO!  Ugh!!  Yes, these new flowers and colors are beautiful, but the allergies that can tag along??  Not so much, huh…… Well, for this gorgeous spring weather, I’ve chosen Peppermint* for April!

Although the peppermint plant can flourish in some of the darker places, it THRIVES in direct sunlight!  So, as our desolate sky begins to fill with rays of our toasty sunshine, it begins to grow more abundantly!  So, what makes this plant a much needed oily asset in your arsenal?  Its wide variety of medicinal uses, of course!  I’m talking about digestion, pain relief, diabetic support, energy support, bug repellent, respiratory support, hunger suppressing, cleaning and SO, SO, SO MUCH MORE!  And with so many uses, to just share one of my fave ways to use it just is a waste!!  So, y’all get spoiled today with several ways to incorporate this into your life!

My number one use is for muscular support.  Now, I am in no way an athlete or even a regular exercising girl and probably never will be!  But what I do have are several debilitating painful trigger point issues that never seem to cease!  I’ve tried just about every relief support there is.  And when these muscles spasm and lock up throughout my body, it refers so many pain symptoms ranging from migraines to no balance that I just feel like giving up!  But, true honesty from my heart, peppermint* is my saving grace!  I take some carrier oil and mix up with my oil.  It gets rubbed deeply into my shoulders, neck and spine! I then close my eyes and cup my hands over my face and take deep breaths (CLOSE THEM BECAUSE THE AROMA CAN BURN YOUR EYES!!).  Within 10 minutes, I literally feel my pain melt away!  It is that simple!  And because YL makes pure oil, I am not putting any chemicals or damaging additives that can harm other parts of my body as I try fixing one!

Next use is my stomach!  Along with those muscle issues, I also have severe stomach/digestion issues that have no cure as well as no safe medications to help!  The meds that doctors try giving to help these issues have massive warnings that it destroys our liver and so on!  With this oil, I can drop it into some water, stir and enjoy!  Or rub it onto my stomach directly and within a few minutes it starts to calm it down!  You will not want your skin to have contact with water or sunlight afterwards, so wait about an hour or so.

There you have it!  And with so many uses and benefits, this isn’t even close to how many ways you can use it!  Diffuse it for air freshening, add it to your cleaning bottle to clean and freshen, add a TINY drop onto your toothpaste for extra freshening and whitening!  The world is your peppermint playground!

*Click on the link to view the ingredient list to see if this product is right for you and fits your individual allergen needs.  Please note that the oil mentioned is of the Vitality variety.  You can search the other oils and blends here.

Ready to have your own bottle of Peppermint or want to know more about how to get your own oils?
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For even more information on how you can get started with Young Living Essential Oils, click here.

Curious as to "Why Young Living?"  Click here.

Want to keep up with my latest oils, info and discovery?
Head over to my blog, Essentially Balanced.

Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of your doctor’s medical advice.  Though essential oils can be of great benefit for many people, they need to be used properly, and please be advised that some people cannot use essential oils due to allergies, sensitivities, etc.  I highly recommend that you discuss the use of essential oils with your allergist or physician prior to using them for the first time to see if essential oils are right for you.  All information shared here is based on the personal experiences of Jessica Pero and/or myself, and individual results can vary.  Neither of us are doctors, and we cannot treat, cure or diagnose any medical conditions.  

Neither Jessica nor I have been paid for our opinion of Young Living products, though free samples may have been sent to us at times (most products will have been purchased by at least Jessica for personal use vs. being given to her for free to try prior to it appearing on this page).  Our opinions are 100% our own without censor and reflect our personal feelings on the products and not that of the company/person that sent them to us.  If I do not have a comment on a particular product, it is because I have not personally tried it.  No product will be shown on this site that has not been tried by at least Jessica beforehand.

This post will also contain links (that were safe and valid at the time of posting) to outside sources to give you more information about the products listed and about how to purchase these products, including but not limited to the option to set up an account with Young Living.  You are not required nor obligated to set up an account with Young Living nor to purchase products from them by visiting these links.  If you choose to set up an account with Young Living or buy their products, you do so at your own discretion.  Furthermore, by using the information in this post, you expressly acknowledge and agree that Caring Foodie, its author (Julie Moore), Jessica and Caleb Pero, Essentially Balanced, Young Living, and are not responsible for the outcomes of your decisions resulting from the use of this information including, but not limited to, your choosing to purchase or not purchase products, to take (or not to take) a specific course of action based on the information shared herein or your seeking (or not seeking) professional medical care.


Thanks for being my guest, Jess!

I hope you all have enjoyed learning a little more about Peppermint Essential Oil.  If you have further questions, please leave a comment below and Jess will respond as she is able or contact her via her "Contact" page.

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