Winter is a great time to find a multitude of purposes for using Peppermint essential oil.
Honestly, we use Peppermint year round in our home but there is something very special about also having it in the winter.
Using Peppermint essential oil instead of peppermint flavoring has some incredible benefits including:
enhancing focus and attention
opening sinus and congestion
increasing blood flow
Peppermint is such a great refreshing taste that can also aide in digestion.
When we eat a heavier meal we can feel sluggish and tired afterwards. With holiday meals often increasing our meal and portion sizes to well above our normal eating habits this can really get us uncomfortable after meals.
Peppermint aides our digestion by relaxing the stomach and supporting the digestive process. Additionally, peppermint can freshen our breath after a meal making after-dinner conversations all around much more enjoyable.
Making these small confections is easy and quick!
1/2 cup refined coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 or 4 tbs corn syrup or local honey
6-7 drops peppermint essential oil
Chocolate almond bark or baking chips, melted
Mix coconut oil, peppermint oil, corn syrup and vanilla together in a mixing bowl. The coconut oil will start to soften as you mix
Place the mixture in the freezer for 10 minutes to allow it to harden slightly
Line a baking sheet with wax paper
Once the filling has hardened in freezer, take it out and dip out spoonfuls of the filling onto the wax paper and press into a circular shape
Place back into the freezer for another 10-15 minutes to harden
Melt chocolate pieces
Remove patties from freezer. Pour 1/4 – to 1/2 chocolate over each patty
Place back in freezer for another 10 minutes
Remove and pour remaining chocolate over each patty once more
If necessary you can repeat steps 7 – 9 for a thicker coating of chocolate
Place in freezer or refrigerator for a final time to allow to harden
While these can sit out, they are best stored in the refrigerator. Coconut oil can quickly melt if it is ever at a temperature slightly hotter than room temp.
Alternatively, you can add peanut butter to this recipe by replacing 1/4 cup of coconut oil with 1/4 cup peanut butter.
Who doesn’t love cuddling under a blanket in front of a warm fire with a big mug of cocoa?
You can upgrade your cocoa and the marshmallows with peppermint essential oil. The taste is divine and will greatly enhance the cocoa. Plus the marshmallows are completely wonderful and much more fun than those in the bag.
1 cup of water
3 TBSP gelatin
1 cup local honey
1 TSP vanilla extract
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
a pinch of sea salt
(optional) 1/8 cup each of powdered cane sugar
Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and grease very lightly with coconut oil
Stir gelatin into 1/2 cup water inside a mixing bowl and set aside
Over med-high heat, boil 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup water and pinch of salt until it reaches a temperature of 240 degrees. Remove from heat
Slowly pour honey mixture into the mixing bowl with the gelatin and stir slowly with electric mixer
Increase speed to high and mix until it just becomes thick and fluffy
Add vanilla extract, 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil. For a mild peppermint flavor, use 5 drops, for a breath mint strength flavor, add a full 10 drops.
Spread mixture into greased pan and allow to sit in fridge for at least 4 hours.
Remove from pan, cut into 1×1 inch squares and coat with the 1/4 powdered cane sugar
Add to your hot cocoa as many as you desire!
Peppermint Coffee & Tea
If cocoa isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the benefits of peppermint through your coffee or tea.
For coffee, simply add 1/2 to 1 drop to your coffee.
For tea, you can brew a kettle of water and add 1 drop per teacup of the oil after the water is removed from the heat. Add in your favorite black or orange tea for a wonderful flavor combined with the peppermint.
Interested in more?
Peppermint is a natural pain reliever that can be used to reduce headaches, sinus pressure and inflammation associated with colder months. You can incorporate peppermint into your foods and drinks to achieve these results as well as topically apply and diffuse it.
Please reach out if you have questions or would like to try a sample of doTERRA Peppermint.
Wholesale members receive a free bottle of Peppermint each year with their membership renewal! The initial membership fee is just $35 the first year and $25 each year thereafter. (Retail value of Peppermint is $27.50).
Get an account today and enjoy all the great benefits of peppermint and the other wonderful essential oils doTERRA has to offer.
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