This delightfully mild Peppermint Hydrosol is the most refreshing additive I know of.
Gentle and delicious, I would, first of all, use this lovely herbal water in a glass of chilled water after a full dinner, or to calm an upset stomach. A wonderful “spritzer” in the car to both keep the driver alert, and allay any chance of carsickness among the passengers.
I would recommend blending it with Rose Geranium Hydrosol to counteract or minimize womens’ mid-life “power surges.” I plan on adding a few drops of it to a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea when the weather warms up. Mint’s astringency should make it the perfect summer toner for oily skin. There is no end to the uses I can think of for this one!
I’m grateful to the new friend who produces it, and the old friend who introduced us!
Other suggested uses: Peppermint Hydrosol is a great mouthwash/breathfreshener, I’ve seen it recommended as a coffee substitute when you need a quick energy lift. It is a mild antiseptic and applied topically, either as a spray or with a moist compress, is a wonderful “de-itcher” for mosquito bites, poison ivy, or any sort of itching. It can soothe after shaving, easing razor burn. It’s helpful in combatting a hangover, since it both settles the stomach and energizes. Added to cold water, Peppermint Hydrosol is the ultimate thirst quencher.
Suzanne Catty recommends its internal use in combatting the effects of IBS or Crohn’s Disease. (Please consult her book Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy for details on internal use for treating serious medical conditions.)
Unlike most of our hydrosols, I would not recommend using this with infants and toddlers.