Cool off with Peppermint!

In some parts of the country, summer is drawing to a close. Before we know it school supplies will be out of stock and Christmas ornaments will be adorning store shelves. But in Oklahoma, summer will stick around for another 6-8 weeks and the heat is on.

Finding ways to stay cool is a challenge! We had a wonderful visit to Utah this summer and could escape the summer heat in the mountains. It felt so crisp and wonderful. No such luck for us Okies where the highest point is the top of a windmill and I doubt that climbing one would amount to much more than a good workout and even more sweat!

I find myself cooling down often with my trusty peppermint spray. I simply add a few drops of peppermint oil and a tiny bit of Epson Salt to a spray bottle of water. The Epson Salt keeps the oil evenly distributed in the water so it doesn't just stick to the sides of the bottle. When I start to overheat, I spray the back of my neck...Okay, I drench my whole body...and feel an instant cooling sensation.

(You can purchase these beautiful bottles at Etched Essentials)

You can cool down from the inside out by drinking a drop of peppermint in a cup of water.  One drop on the tongue is effective as well.

Here's to the final weeks of summer which will include canning tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and other tomato based products. I will be keeping my peppermint spray close by for that hot job! If only could find a magic spray to make all that work sound more appealing! I will see what I can come up with.


  1. Peppermint is amazing in the summer. I never thought about adding epsom salts to the spray - great tip.Followed you from Tuesdays with a Twist.
    Love for you to come by to our next Wildcrafting Wednesday and share. http://www.herbanmomma.com

  2. Great tip! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

  3. I'm addicted to my peppermint spray. Makes life so much better!
    Found on at CMB's linkup. Have a great Friday!

  4. I love hearing about using essential oils. I personally don't, but I've been reading more and more about it and am interested in trying this out myself. Thanks for sharing over at the Homeacre Hop!
    Mary :)