If you use essential oils on a consistent basis, it's pretty likely that you've used peppermint essential oil in the past. In fact, because peppermint is such a widely used essential oil, you may have had a bit of peppermint in your daily life without even knowing it!
Peppermint essential oil is often found in household items like soaps, lotions, shampoos, detergents and much more. As a standalone essential oil, peppermint essential oil is used primarily as a decongestant and astringent, but it's also used to help relax muscles and joints!
Today, we're going to cover some oils that you might like to try in place of peppermint to expand your regimen of oils and broaden your horizons!
Eucalyptus - Very similar to peppermint essential oil in both aroma and usefulness, eucalyptus essential oil is a great substitute! Use it just like you'd use peppermint and add a slightly less minty, but beautifully herbaceous aroma to anything you're doing!
Spearmint - Spearmint is a great substitute for peppermint. Spearmint is a somewhat more subtle oil because it contains less menthol but can be used similarly to peppermint. It is also great for easing headaches or stress.
Tea tree - Tea Tree is very commonly used in soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, disinfectants, germicides, and aftershaves and spicy colognes. It's a great substitute for tea tree as well!
Cinnamon leaf - It has been used for thousands of years in the east for a wide range of complaints including colds, flu, digestive and menstrual problems, rheumatism, kidney troubles and as a general stimulant. It's not directly comparable to peppermint because it's aromatic profile is a little different, but it works in a similar way!
Ginger - Fresh ginger is used in China for many complaints including rheumatism, bacterial dysentery, toothache, malaria, and for cold and moist conditions such as excess mucus and diarrhea. It is best known as a digestive aid, especially in the West.
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