Mint (spearmint and peppermint) is cooling, refreshing, and stimulating for the skin. Inhale peppermint essential oil and you instantly feel the cool factor of this herb, quite literally in fact. For centuries, mint has been used in tea and even chewed to freshen breath, stimulate digestion and cool tummy troubles. Mint is also beneficial in skin care for a number of reasons that make us love it.
Due to its anti-pruritic (or anesthetic) nature, peppermint oil can calm the itching sensation of bug bites or irritations.
Diluted in lotion or carrier oil, mint can be applied directly to the skin in order to aid in muscle tension. I use this oil quite a bit in foot and leg massage as it brings a cooling sensation to the area and helps tired legs relax.
Mint leaves care a natural source of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid aids in skin exfoliation, kills bacteria and calms excess oil, making it a great ingredient for acne and oily skin.
The fragrant herb also contains Vitamin A which is known to act as a fat-soluble antioxidant and skin strengthener.
Because it aids in digestion, it can help the skin stay clear from the inside out.
Look for menthol, mint, spearmint, or peppermint as listed ingredients in your favorite skin care product! You can also make your own spa treats at home using mint. Here are two great easy recipes:
Mint Tea Toner
*best for oily or acneic skin
- bring 1 cup of distilled water to a boil on the stove
- Brew a handful of mint leaves for at least 10 mins
- strain and chill the remaining liquid in the fridge for a bit
- once chilled, add a few drops of pure witchazel and blend
- apply to clean skin with cotton ball or cotton round
Peppermint Tangerine Sugar Scrub
*note: not suitable for extremely sensitive skins or pregnancy
1 cup organic turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons (more if needed) coconut oil
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops tangerine essential oil
Mix together sugar and coconut oil in a small bowl (you may want to use a fork in order to fully combine coconut oil, *do not heat oil)
add both essential oils and blend well