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Peppermint perfection

Newton Wood | Well-Being

30 March 2020

Mint is a well-known herb with a distinctive fragrance which matches our Epsom salts beautifully. Peppermint is probably the most popular type of mint being sold as a tea, an essential oil and mouthwash among other things.  There’s also spearmint, watermint and garden mint too, each with a slightly different fragrance.  We’re going to explore the healing properties of peppermint essential oil and how we can use it for an Epsom salt bath soak or body scrub.

 

Digestion with Peppermint and Epsom salt

Peppermint essential oil is a refreshing and invigorating oil, often associated with the digestive system. People who suffer from IBS have found it to be helpful in relieving the associated symptoms such as bloating, sluggish digestion, wind and cramping.  Epsom salt in the bath is also thought to improve digestion, especially when experiencing constipation and inflammation of the digestion system. Peppermint essential oil and Epsom salt therefore makes a wonderful soothing bath soak for people struggling with their digestion.

 

Migraine and headache relief with Peppermint and Epsom salt

If you experience tension headaches and migraines but don’t like to take medical pain relief, inhaling peppermint oil can ease the pain and discomfort. Magnesium is also known to ease headaches and migraines. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath (which is 100% Magnesium Sulphate) coupled with the soothing mint fragrance could be the effective natural remedy you’ve been looking for.

 

Aching feet soothed with Peppermint and Epsom salt

Peppermint has a wonderfully cooling feel and can be particularly soothing for aching feet.  After a long day peppermint added to an Epsom salt foot soak can be the ultimate relaxation and recovery technique.  The Epsom salt helps relieve aches and pains from tired feet after a long day and the mint soothes, cools and rejuvenates while also acting as an antiseptic to help reduce foot odours and bacteria.

 

Wake up and concentrate with Peppermint and Epsom salt

A fantastic way to start the day is with a mint and Epsom salt body scrub.   The salt provides a boost to your circulation by rubbing the skin in circular motions, removing dead skin cells and boosting blood flow.  The peppermint can help wake up your senses, boosting your awareness and ultimately concentration for an effective day ahead.  Your skin will feel beautifully soft and your mind will be alert and ready to go.

 

When using essential oils it’s important to always dilute them with a base first.  A base can be a plain shower gel, bath oil, body cream or ointment.  Generally a base of 25ml can have 5-10 drops of essential oil added to it, stirring well before using.

 

Why not treat yourself or your loved ones to our soothing Epsom salts and feel the difference for yourself – shop here.

 

Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil

Epsom salt and Peppermint scrub recipe:

Ingredients

50g Coconut oil

25g Epsom salt

10 drops of Peppermint oil

Directions:

  1. Gently melt the coconut oil.
  2. Add the Epsom salt to the coconut oil, stirring to partially dissolve the salt crystals.
  3. Add the essential oil, stirring well again to combine.
  4. Store in a glass jar with a lid until ready to use.

 

NB: As with all aromatherapy oils, we recommend you always seek professional advice from a healthcare professional and/or aromatherapist before using, particularly if you are pregnant, breast feeding, taking medication or have any medical conditions. Always perform a patch test before using.

 

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I suffer quite badly from eczema, especially on my hands. It's the part of my body I am most conscious about as everyone sees them. I heard about the benefits of Epsom salt for dry skin and saw that these crystals were 100% natural, so decided to try them out. Since then I've added the crystals to my regular hand wash and hand cream to make an organic hand scrub, which seems to soothe my itchy, flaky skin and leave my hands feeling soft.