Peppermint has been one of the best-kept secrets for nausea for thousands of years. I'm shocked that I went through most of my life not knowing about it, and equally shocked that there are plenty of others who have no idea about its ability to save you in those "Oh-no-I-think-I-may-be-sick-please-God-no" moments in life that we are all too familiar with. I still have trouble not getting slightly nauseous while cleaning the toilet, since the only other time my face is that close to the seat I'm usually miserably sick. Anyone else have this issue?
It wasn't until a conversation with my uncle that that I heard about the benefits of
for digestive discomfort (bonus: it's also great for headaches!). He talked about he rubbed it on his stomach when having indigestion, and soon he was feeling better. Of course, I couldn't help but try it myself, so I bought a bottle and used it during one of the many nights I woke up sick.Word to the wise: Do NOT use straight up peppermint on skin...it takes "cool burn" to a whole new level...At first I just mixed peppermint oil in a bit of water, and then rubbed that on my belly. Soon after rubbing it on, my stomach settles. I'm still amazed at how effective it is, and it has not failed me yet! Later, I made a peppermint oil rub with coconut oil that I take with me when we travel, and keep by our bed at night (recipe below).
On tough nausea, I rub the oil on my belly, and then drink some peppermint tea. So far,
for it's strength and quality. If you have a weak tea, you won't get many of the benefits. I'm telling you, folks, I would not have made it this past year without the dynamic duo of peppermint oil and tea.
Peppermint Belly Rub
Mix the coconut oil and peppermint oil together, making sure they are well combined and the peppermint is mixed evenly through the coconut oil. Put in a jar and use as needed! You do not need to refrigerate, but the oil will liquify if it gets too hot, so make sure the container is airtight. Enjoy the sweet relief, my friends.