Greek mythology says that the water nymph Minthe was hotly pursued by Hades, god of the underworld. Hades’ wife, Persephone, was not too happy about that and she trod poor Minthe into the ground!
Hades felt bad about the whole thing and he turned Minthe into a divine, aromatically scented flowering herb, so Minthe is still beloved. Pretty sure the Greek Gods are the inspiration for modern day soap operas, so much drama!
The other evening I did the Rose & Coconut Bath, which was wonderful, but I also added about 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil as I was feeling drained. It really picked up my spirits, and made my time in the bath all the more pleasant. I highly recommend adding a little bit of Peppermint Oil to your bath!
The scent of peppermint is crisp, fresh, and menthol, and will clear out the cob webs without getting you hyped up.
Don’t over-do Essential Oils in your bath! Be IN the tub when you add the oil – carefully add about 3 drops to start, wait and see how it smells and feels and then a few more drops if desired. Read this short post for more about adding Essential Oils to your bath. I add Peppermint Oil to my bath all the time.
Peppermint is prolific and easy to grow. If you have some in your garden, crush some of the leaves in the bath and enjoy it that way. Or wander around your neighborhood and find some in a neighbors garden and ask them if you can take a couple sprigs and grow them yourself. It’s EASY to start cuttings and make peppermint grow in your garden or an indoor pot.
Please do be careful and don’t add too much peppermint oil to your bath! The oil is super concentrated and too much peppermint will irritate your skin and make for a most unpleasant experience. There are a number of comments below from bathtub aficionados that accidentally over-indulged with peppermint oil :(
Tossing a few sprigs in your bath should not be an issue!
Here are some more properties attributed to Peppermint:
- Mood uplifting
- Helps relieve mental fatigue
- Improves mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory
- Sharpens the senses
- Reviving and refreshing
Peppermint is also helpful for weight loss. If you’re in one of those “grazing” moods, open up the Peppermint Oil and take a few sniffs. The scent usually knocks out the “grazing” mood.
Try it in your bath and let me know how Miss Minthe affected you!