Usually I showcase a single oil or blend, but this week I am highlighting one my favorite combinations to diffuse: Lemon + Peppermint!
I love diffusing this in the mornings, or when I'm cleaning and organizing the apartment. It’s the perfect combination of motivation and clean house smell!
Using Lemon + Peppermint to Enhance a Yoga Practice
I will diffuse this combo in my yoga classes as well as offering topical application to energize my students and enhance a flow focused on detoxing and balancing the manipura chakra. Both lemon and peppermint are associated with the manipura chakra, or solar plexus, which is the center of self-confidence. While lemon and peppermint can both help to increase energy levels and promote focus during the practice, they also offer unique advantages on their own.
A drop of lemon applied to vita flex points or added to your water (remember to use glass when adding citrus oils to water!) helps to stimulate and cleanse the digestive system. Paired with cleansing twists and solar plexus balancing poses, lemon can help foster a balanced digestive system, balanced emotions, and positive self-esteem.
Then a cooling peppermint body spray helps cool off and balance the manipura chakra after some steamy vinyasas!
Everyday Uses for Lemon + Peppermint
Lemon and Peppermint are two of the most popular oils because they are so, so versatile. In addition to being great oils to use in yoga classes, they are both staples in my oil arsenal that I use to help alleviate headaches, stomachaches, allergies, and as a detox aid when I am cleansing. Plus, they are both included in the “Everyday Oils” in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. The “Everyday Oils” definitely live up to their moniker – you will find yourself using these oils every single day for a variety of reasons, whether on their own or as a combo!
Both lemon and peppermint essential oils can be used aromatically (either inhaled or diffused), applied topically (remember to dilute), and ingested.*
Here are some more tips for using these oils together:
1.) Energy: Need a little “get up and go?” Diffuse lemon and peppermint to increase energy. It's great for early mornings! When diffusing I like to use 3 drops of peppermint and 5 drops of lemon as peppermint is a bit stronger and can easily overpower the lemon. I also keep these two oils handy on long car drives. Inhaling one or both every 30 minutes or so helps to keep me alert.
2.) Congestion: Place a drop each of peppermint and lemon on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses, or dilute and apply behind ears and on the bridge of the nose.to help relieve congestion from a cold.
3.) Digestion: Add a drop of lemon and peppermint to water or herbal tea to aid in digestion.
4.) Nausea or Morning Sickness: Massage several drops of peppermint (diluted with carrier oil) on the abdomen and inhale/diffuse lemon and peppermint together to help alleviate nausea.
5.) Fever: Rub several drops of peppermint and/or lemon along the spine to help reduce fever.
*Please Note: I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils, especially when it comes to ingesting.