Boost your body this January

The Summerdown collection harnesses the power of peppermint for body, bath and home

Winter blues. Post-Christmas Seasonal slump. Blue Monday. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s very normal to feel like you’ve lost your mojo at this time of year. Though there are many contributing factors, there’s a clear link between our mood, and the fact that January is the month with the least amount of natural light available to us. There are lots of things we can do to pick ourselves up; from light therapy, to taking more exercise, detoxing, reducing alcohol intake and dietary changes, but one simple and natural one is to embrace the restorative powers of peppermint, the key ingredient at the heart of all our products. Shelley Baker, Consultant aromatologist to Summerdown suggests two quick pick-me-ups; - inhaling 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and noticing it's cooling feel as you breathe it in - Pour yourself a hot cup of peppermint tea and take 10 minutes out of your day to sit back and relax and boost your mood

Our peppermint in full bloom just before harvest - the leaves contain the oil

Peppermint has actually been used for medicinal purposes since Egyptian times and some say it’s the oldest medicine in the world. Here are some of its healing properties;

Mood-enhancing and energy boosting.

In April 2016, researchers from the University of Northumbria’s Department of psychology published their findings that peppermint enhanced and aroused both mood and cognition, helping to improve long term memory, working memory and alertness. Whilst Studies at the Sense of Smell Institute confirm that peppermint oil has mood-elevating properties that make it useful for alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression


Peppermint oil is a natural stimulant that can increase your ability to concentrate. Inhaling the aroma of peppermint oil will also trigger your senses and wake you up. Janice Cox, leading US Natural beauty and natural home expert, says in her book “Natural Beauty at Home” that peppermint oil can give you extra energy in the morning so suggests showering with it to give yourself a great start to the day c-4

Start your day on a positive note by showering with peppermint


Peppermint not only stimulates but can also help us to relax. So you can dab a few drops of the oil (mixed with a carrier) on your temples when you have a tension headache, or lie back and relax in the bath with a cup of our peppermint tea relaxing-bath-salts-recipe

Inhale the peppermint in our lemongrass & mint bath soak and aromatic candle

Enjoy the Summerdown collection in your home and discover the restorative powers of peppermint this January

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Body wash for a morning pick-me-up and positive start to the day Bath soak for a mood-boosting soak Peppermint tea to keep you alert and improve concentration
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