7 Valuable Ways to Use Mint

What this powerful herb can do to refresh, protect and heal

Posted in , May 20, 2011

7 Valuable Ways to Use Mint

“Peppermint” Jim Crosby and his sister Linette are fourth-generation Michigan mint farmers. They got hit hard in the economic downturn but were sustained by their faith—and Internet orders—even as they lost the farm to foreclosure but then regained it with the help of investors.

Guideposts asked them to share some of their favorite uses for this fragrant herb:

1. Hair Care
Massage 1-2 drops of oil into your scalp. The scent creates a soothing and calming effect. The mint oil stimulates blood supply to hair follicles and promotes the healing of skin abrasions on the scalp.

2. For That Rested Look
Reduce puffy eyes by adding 1-2 drops of mint oil to 1/2 to 1 ounce of skin lotion. Apply to the cheekbone area. Note: All mint oils should be kept away from eyes.

3. Relief for Rover
Mint oil added to animal shampoo is a natural flea and tick repellent.

4. Natural Air Freshener
Simmer a few drops of oil in hot water on the stove top. Use an older pot that you will not be using to cook with again.

5. Not So Mighty Mice
Mice are not fond of peppermint oil! If you want to keep mice away during the winter months, saturate cotton balls with oil and place in area you want to keep mice away from. It’s a surefire and kind way to keep those furry friends away.             

6. Aromatic Fire Drill
Throw dried mint leaves on an open fire to perfume a room.  You can also place dried mint leaves, dried mandarin orange peels and 2-3 drops of mint oil in a small box. Throw a pinch on a fire as it dies down. The room will smell sweet in the morning and there will be no smell of old soot in the afternoon.

7. Healing Balm
Peppermint is an excellent mild antiseptic for cuts and bee stings. Use a cotton swab, dip in oil and apply to affected area. This can reduce itching and swelling.

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