Refined sugar is extremely addictive. It affects the human brain pathways in the same way as addictive drugs, like morphine or heroin.
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs in 2010, the sugar addiction follows the same paths and principles in the brain that a habit-forming drug does.
Sugar addiction is a very hard practice to break for many people, especially in cases when the digestive tract and the body become overloaded with yeast, candida fungus, parasites, and other sugar-loving bacteria. To break this cycle and to suppress the cravings, you need to go through a detoxification procedure.
The good news is that studies have shown that using natural approach, such as using peppermint essential oil, can help beat sugar addiction.
Moreover, Dr. Alan Hirsch conducted a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of peppermint oil on the satiety center in the brain, which induces a feeling of fullness after a meal. The results showed that inhaling peppermint positively affects the satiety center in the brain, thus stopping sugar cravings.
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and that means that it is a hybrid. It is grown in multiple areas around the world, although it belongs to Europe and the Middle East.
There is a very good reason why peppermint oil is one of the favorites among the essential oils. It is because it provides a variety of healing benefits. It improves the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, eases digestion, offers respiratory benefits (clears phlegm and prevents asthma), eases herpes infections, treats nervous disorders, manages stress, and many more.
How to make peppermint essential oil
To make your own peppermint essential oil, you will need the following:
- Fresh peppermint leaves (found in health food stores or grocery stores)
- Carrier oil, preferably cold-pressed olive oil
- A glass jar with a tight lid
Crush or chop the previously washed peppermint leaves, and put them in a jar along with the carrier oil. Seal the jar and wait 24 hours. Strain the oil, add more of the ingredients, and reseal. Repeat the process for 5 days, remove the leaves, and transfer the oil to another container. Store it in a cool place.
How to use peppermint essential oil
You can either use a diffuser to inhale the aroma as cravings come on or apply the oil to the feet.
- Mix several drops of peppermint essential oil with a bit of a carrier oil and then apply it on your temples and abdominal area.
- Combine 2 drops of the oil with 2 drops of coconut oil, and then apply it inside the center of your wrists.
- Directly diffuse or inhale the oil.
Uses of peppermint essential oil
- It is often found in oral health products
- Promotes proper respiratory function
- Promotes digestive health
- Helps reduce gas and bloating
- Take a few drops in a Veggie Capsule to relieve stomach upset
- Diffuse when feeling low on energy or fatigued
- Add a few drops to your smoothie for a refreshing twist
- Put a drop in your mouth to freshen breath
- Rub on temples in the morning for an energy boost