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Did you know that peppermint made its first appearance as far back as 1000 BC? It’s a very versatile oil used in beauty, health and culinary industries around the world. It’s known to enhance concentration, memory, energy and wakefulness – things we could all use a little extra help with!
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Dating back to 1000 BC, dried peppermint leaves were found in Egyptian caves. Peppermint oil comes from the leaves of the peppermint plant. The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plants. This cooling and relaxing herb is characterized by its square stem, dark green leaves, and small bunches of light lavender flowers.
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Peppermint oil blends well with oregano, marjoram, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, rosemary and tea tree oil.
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Some people have skin sensitivity to peppermint. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.
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• Promotes respiratory function in the body

• Provides an extra boost of memory power and energy

• Aids oral hygiene

• May help alleviate occasional stomach discomfort

• Heightens sense of alertness when under stress or when tired

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• Put 1 drop of peppermint oil in 4 oz. of liquid for a refreshing flavor

• Add 1 drop of oil to toothpaste for oral benefits. You can also use On Guard® toothpaste (which already has peppermint in it)

• Put 1-2 drops of peppermint in a veggie capsule and ingest to help settle minor stomach upsets

• Add 1 drop to recipes that call for fresh mint (this oil has a powerful flavor so use lightly)

• Place 1 drop of peppermint in your palms, rub together and cup palms over the mouth and nose and inhale for a boost of energy and alertness

• Add 1 drop of peppermint to 2 oz of water in a glass spray bottle. Spray in the corners of your home to keep bugs away.

I love to keep this homemade peppermint bark on hand when I feel my chocolate cravings coming on. Chocolate makes everything better, am I right?

This bark recipe has the perfect amount of chocolate and mint flavor with only four simple ingredients. It’s so easy to make that it will quickly become your go-to when you need a little chocolate fix.

Ingredients
• 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup honey
• 7 drops peppermint essential oil

Optional toppings
• Nuts
• Kosher sea salt
• Shredded coconut

Instructions
• Place the unsweetened chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler on medium-high heat until melted. Mix with a spoon. Add honey and mix thoroughly to combine. Add peppermint essential oil to mix and stir in well.

• Grease an 8×8 glass dish with coconut oil. Pour mixture into the glass dish and freeze for about 10 minutes. Pull the chocolate out of the freezer and add toppings. The chocolate should be slightly harder, but still melted enough to hold the toppings.

• Put the chocolate back in the freezer and allow to freeze for about 1-2 hours until it is hard. After it has hardened you can break it apart into smaller pieces and serve!