Peppermint oil is a terrific addition to your workout. Peppermint has been in use since 2000 B.C and has been included in the herbal pharmacopoeia of ancient Greece as support for gallbladder related diseases, digestion as well as cough and upper respiratory infections. Of course, never ingest without consulting a physician, but to promote feelings of freshness before and after a workout try the following.

Enhancing your workout with Peppermint Oil

Using Peppermint Essential Oil to Focus Your Natural Energy:

  • Topical

    Before and after workout, apply and massage 10-50 drops on chest, temples, forehead, neck and wrists. After workout, massage a few drops as needed to sore muscles.

  • Fill The Air
    Add 10-15 drops to a diffuser, oil burner or metal bowl of boiling water. The steamed peppermint oil will fill the air. Put near your workout site and breathe.
  • Direct From Bottle
    Open a bottle of peppermint oil and take 5 inhalations 5 times per day.

Peppermint oil is safe for most adults when used in moderation. As with any essential oil, it’s good to use caution as some people can be sensitive to its properties. Check with a doctor before using peppermint oil if you are pregnant or nursing, taking antacids, under 7 years old, or diagnosed with diabetes, GERD, hiatal hernias or gallbladder disorders.

DIY Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is easily extracted from peppermint leaves, and peppermint leaves can be bought at most stores that have produce section that stocks herbs. Wash the leaves, then chop or crush them to release the oils. Place these in the jar; put a carrier oil like olive or warm coconut oil. Use just enough oil to cover the leaves completely. Ensure that the jar is tightly sealed for 24 hours. Strain the oil. Now add more chopped or crushed leaves as well as the carrier oil, and then reseal. Repeat five times. Remove the leaves by straining until all plant matter is out of the oil. Put in a glass bottle and seal and store in a dry and cool place.