Peppermint Essential Oil
Hey Everyone! Today's recipe for inspiring creativity isn't food related, but yummy nevertheless =) This year, one of my main goals for C&C is to offer you creativity nurturing tools that are simple, accessible and sustainable. Ever since I started making conscious lifestyle changes, I've noticed that the tiny adjustments and incorporations can be just as potent as the bigger ones. That it's about implementing new, small steps every day or every week or every month, and that over time, the tangible, BIG change will begin to make itself felt and noticed.
Right now, one of my fave simple little tools for putting my body & being in a creative & productive state is peppermint essential oil*. This good stuff can be used in a number of different ways, but here's one of my favorite applications:
Peppermint Oil Mini Massage
While washing your hair/head in the shower, mix in 1-3 drops with your shampoo and gently massage into your scalp & neck. Alternately, you can mix in a few drops with your body lotion/oil and massage it into your neck/shoulders/ low back post shower. You'll notice a delicious tingling sensation that can linger for up to half an hour and will make you feel more alert & awake. It's like another cup of coffee in addition to your morning coffee =)
Peppermint oil is quite potent, so I highly recommend mixing it with either your shampoo, body wash, body lotion or another oil when you apply it to your body. This will also help with spreading it out more easily. Also, be mindful of keeping it out of your eyeballs =)
Peppermint essential oil is a natural muscle relaxant, so this won't only perk you up, but it'll also reduce any tension you may be holding in certain parts of your body. I've always had a finicky low back and I've noticed that the oil feels really nice on this area. I've also observed that my hair has gotten noticeably thicker and longer since I started this little practice- I'm always on the lookout for ways to enhance my mane, so I was so happy to observe this change taking place!
If you're curious to learn about more peppermint essential oil benefits & uses, this article by Dr.Axe is a great, very thorough resource: http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/
Enjoy this little practice and remember that the simple, little things can make a big difference,
with love & creativity,
*I always prefer buying organic essential oils since these are grown without the use of any chemicals or pesticides.
author: Leah Steiner ~ photos by: Juliana Mariia Rose @jules.m.rose