Peppermint: Great in your Stocking and for your Face

Face Plant! NOT so fast...

No one loves York peppermint patties more than me. However, once the holidays roll around, candy canes become my new obsession. They have to be FRESH, though, right? (You ever see Santa Claus: the Movie? Yeah, they use candy canes to power the machine that makes the bad toys. SO cool.)

In any event, it turns out that peppermint (NOT candy canes–booooo!) can clear up your acne. Yeah. Whoa! It can also promote a healthy scalp, in fact, if you have dandruff, I’ve read that you can pour a lil peppermint oil into your shampoo. Interesting. It is supposed to promote hair growth, add gloss and tame frizz and flyaways. (I’m listening, peppermint, go on.)

Peppermint oil is used as the middle note in some perfumes, and candles. The spicy/cool fragrance can refresh your brain, it can also relieve stress, exhaustion, depression and anxiety. It is believed that if you can keep you cut back on stress, your immune system is stronger–better skin and hair. (I’ll be the judge of THAT. lol.)

Peppermint is supposed to be great for your skin because of the menthol contained in the herb. (It is used to treat colds, sinus issues and the flu.) Peppermint is great for OILY SKIN. The menthol closes and tightens the pores. Because of its astringent properties, it is quite popular as a facial cleanser. You can also make a toner of peppermint and lemon for your acne, clearing up problems and refreshing and renewing your skin at the same time.

There are a number of different ways to get the peppermint onto your face. You can use peppermint oils–LISTEN, I don’t know a lot about essential oils, ok? BUT, what I do know is that you have to be careful when dealing with oils like this–some can be extremely strong and burn your skin. Read the directions, do a little research and you should be good. Also, I saw on Dr. Oz that he grinded up the leaves from a peppermint plant and made a pesto-like mask, he applied the paste, left it on for 5-10 min and washed off. Now, granted, it is the “dead of winter” in California, but perhaps I will be able to find some peppermint leaves. lol. Dr. Oz also said that it can cure ALL of your skin’s issues…well…I can dream, right? I do love a good tingly feeling–I assume peppermint is a tingle-inducer!

More to follow!

toodles

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