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Peppermint lotion is a topical solution made with peppermint oil and other natural or synthetic ingredients, that can be applied to the hands, feet or body. Often made in cream form or as a solid stick, ointments made with peppermint are often used to soothe tired muscles or to relieve pain. In addition, peppermint lotion is often enriched with vitamins and minerals to condition the skin, and may be purchased at health food centers and pharmacies. Recipes for making homemade peppermint creams and lotions may also be found online.
Some individuals with shoulder and joint stiffness find that using peppermint lotion often helps to relieve discomfort. Although this product is used to relieve various aches and pains, it is not intended to treat a medical condition without the recommendation of a doctor. Although it is uncommon, some individuals may experience skin sensitivity or allergic reactions to peppermint essential oil.
A natural or organic peppermint lotion is often made with peppermint essential oils and without synthetic fragrance or preservatives. These formulas are typically more expensive than those that incorporate synthetic fragrances and chemical-based ingredients. Pure peppermint lotion and cream that is dispensed from a pump is often applied to the hands or feet. Some individuals experience a tingling, cool sensation when the lotion is applied to tired, aching feet. Other uses for peppermint lotion include smoothing and conditioning rough, dry skin.
Peppermint lotion may also include other essential oils, such as eucalyptus and flax seed. The addition of other ingredients make the lotion more fragrant and more effective as a pain relieving ointment. While it is commonly used as a muscle rub for aches and pains, some prefer to use peppermint lotion as a remedy for chapped skin or chafing. Although peppermint essential oil is the main component, other ingredients such as cocoa butter, joboba oil and emulsifying wax are added to smooth and condition rough or dry skin.
Solid sticks are often used for mess free application, primarily for hands and feet. Some individuals prefer to add a few drops of peppermint foot lotions to a foot bath or spa as well. Whether purchased in cream, lotion or stick form, many of the organic products are paraben free. While there is no conclusive evidence to support this, some experts believe that exposure to parabens may be unsafe. Parabens are chemicals that are often used in cosmetics and believed to be absorbed into the bloodstream.