I’ll preface this post by reiterating that I don’t believe in or practice any diet or techniques that claim to instantly make you lose weight. There is no healthy way to do this, and I would never promote or practice something that compromises health for weight loss. However, I do practice a little trick with peppermint essential oil that works fast to debloat and aid digestion. As we know, a better functioning digestive system=weight loss among countless other beauty and health benefits.
Peppermint is very well-known for aiding digestion. Prior to discovering my little trick, I had always drunk a cup of peppermint tea after a big meal to help me digest. (I would wait an hour after eating though, per my post “Little-Known Facts About Drinking Water to Boost Your Beauty From the Inside Out!”) Most people tend to take in peppermint in some oral form to aid in digestion, but today I’m sharing with you a topical way to use it to tackle that bloat.
I use peppermint essential oil drops on my stomach and massage them into my skin. You should always always dilute essential oils before applying them to the skin. This way you prevent any irritation, itchiness, or discomfort of your skin. I like to use jojoba oil, which is an odorless, light oil. You can also use coconut oil, or aloe vera gel to name a few. I mix around 10 drops with about a tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage it in a circle around my belly button, rubbing it in in a clockwise motion. (Clockwise motions always promote healing and processing, while counterclockwise motions reverse/go against what you are trying to accomplish). The oil doesn’t fully absorb into the skin for a while so just make sure to wear a shirt that you don’t mind getting a little oil on.
After about 30 seconds, you start to feel the skin tingle a bit, which I actually like. The scent definitely clears the sinuses- if you can’t stand the smell of peppermint, this trick is not for you. It is strong and the scent can remain in the room until the next morning, but I find it nice. In fact, the smell of peppermint has been known to ease headaches, so… bonus!
When I practice this trick, I always do it at night right before bed. I think it yields the best results after working for you throughout the night. Also the smell is too strong to walk around and go through your day with.
In the morning I definitely see a flatter tummy every time. As bodyecology.com explains, “The compounds of peppermint oil reduce spasms of the colon and intestinal tract, and, due to the presence of thymoland eugenol, balance oral and intestinal flora, thereby reducing fermentation of undigested food.”
Another important thing to consider is to not expose your skin that had contact with the oil to the sun for 72 hours after your application. Essential oils make the skin more sensitive to the sun and oils in general are like magnets for the sun’s rays. So this does become something to consider in the summer.
While we are talking about peppermint, here’s a quick list of it’s other benefits per body ecology.com:
- Stomach disorders
- Gallbladder disease
- Halitosis (bad breath) and gingivitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Menstrual cramps, muscular aches and pains
- Relieves dermatitis and itching associated with eczema
- Antiviral – peppermint has anti-viral properties, including the herpes virus
- Intestinal disorders
- Liver fatigue
- Gas pain and cramps
- Detoxification – activates lymph flow and drainage
- Bronchitis, dry cough and asthma
- Helps emotional tolerance
So give this a go next time you have a big dinner, or even on a regular night and see what results you have in the morning! Let me know below if you have a positive experience 🙂
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