If I asked you what type of candy comes to mind when you think of the holidays - you would probably say candy canes. The sweet, minty flavor is the true taste of Christmas. You may think that peppermint is just a tasty holiday treat, but it’s actually full of health benefits.

Did you know that peppermint can serve as a pain reliever? Peppermint oil can help sooth an aching back, sore muscle and even melt a tension headache away. Try applying some pure peppermint oil along with lavender oil on achy joints or muscles to cool and sooth the area in pain. Feeling sluggish? Take a whiff of some natural peppermint, it can help improve your focus and concentration, giving you the energy for that long road trip or waking you up when you’re falling asleep over your gift wrapping.

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    Clears Your Sinus

    Need to clear up your sinuses? Try inhaling diffused peppermint oil to relieve that scratchy throat and all that stuffiness in your system. Peppermint can also provide relief for bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, cough and colds.

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    Reduce Your Hunger

    Need to get over that late night food binge? Inhaling some peppermint oil will reduce the craving and help you get full a lot faster. Apply a couple drops on your chest or temples, or try taking a couple whiffs from a bottle.

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    Enhance Your Shampoo

    Just add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil into your used bottles of shampoo and conditioner. This will help stimulate the scalp, giving it a nice cooling sensation, to start your day. It also acts as a powerful antiseptic that can help remove dandruff and reduce lice.

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    Reduce Fevers

    So your child came down with a fever? Nothing that a little bit of Peppermint oil can’t fix! It’s cooling effects can help bring down a fever significantly, especially in children. Try mixing some peppermint oil along with coconut oil and apply it onto the child’s neck and the bottom of their feet. This is another alternative that could help stabilize the fever.

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    Bye, Bye Bugs

    Make peppermint oil your own personal bug repellant. Say bye, bye to ticks, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes, mice and even lice.

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    No More Itching

    Apply some peppermint oil along with lavender oil to help help soothe and cool any itch.