Add some pep to your step during the winter “blahs” by using aromatherapy. Specifically, peppermint is an aroma that is great this time of year to help stir up our senses and help our energy levels.
Aromatherapy has a long history of use and documented benefit. It’s also nice to see that scientists have been starting to research specific essential oils and their benefits. Most studies are proving what we already know.
Peppermint is a stimulant, known to boost energy and improve mood. There are also scientific studies showing that peppermint strengthens memory and concentration.
There are some really simple and easy ways to use natural peppermint to help break out of low energy and mood during this time of year. Doing one of these daily and consistently may also help to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
1) Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is easy to find at most stores that carry a collection of essential oils. Eucalyptus or wintergreen oil also has a “mint” like aroma, so this can be used also if peppermint is not available.
– Put a 5-10 drops of essential oil in a small spray bottle and fill with cup of water. Adjust the amount of essential oils you use based on your preference. Use this to mist the air around you 1-3 times a day.
– Dab a drop of essential oil on your wrists or behind your earlobes for a pick me up.
– Aromatherapy “plug-in” diffusers are available to safely disperse the aroma from an essential oil into a room rather than using the traditional oil burning pots that require a candle. Plug ins gently heat a little felt pad that you can drop the essential oil onto.
2) Peppermint Tea
For those who enjoy the flavour of peppermint, drinking peppermint tea through the day can also be a great pick-me-up and can soothe stress. Also, peppermint tea is non-caffinated and a great way to add to your daily hydration.
3) Mint Leaves
Most grocery stores carry fresh mint in the produce section. Mint leaves can be added to drinking water. Just take a few leaves, they can be ripped up, or crushed, to release the aromatic oils, and added to a water bottle or a glass of water.
Also, if you are so lucky to find a small potted plant of mint, likely in the spring when all the fresh herbs start to be sold again, it can be kept near by as these plants release a pleasant mint aroma.
Peppermint is not just for candy canes! The natural flavour and aroma of peppermint can be a simple and easy way to stir up energy and mood.