Going to Bed with a Peppermint Candy Cane

We don’t have air conditioning – thank the lord. I despise air conditioning because it is so damned necessary and I’ve been so, so lucky for the last two decades to live in places where I didn’t have to lock up my house and close off the windows and crouch in the dark trying to stay cool enough not to explode.

Can you tell I don’t like being hot? I don’t, but I like air conditioning even less.

I don’t mind air conditioning occasionally, like when we were on our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos – it was super hot there. I don’t mind it in hotels – it cools things off in the winter so I can sleep when everyone else is blasting their heat, but I don’t stay in hotels often.

Still, it occasionally gets warm here – warm enough that it’s hot at dusk and I worry about getting to sleep. This is when Steve gets to go to bed with a peppermint candy cane.

If you’ve never been introduced to Peppermint Oil, you’re in for a treat. Peppermint oil has a natural cooling effect on the skin and I mix it with my lotion at bed-time to chill down.

Start with any lotion – the peppermint smell will take over, so using a scented lotion is useless. Do not skip the lotion step. Peppermint oil applied directly is too much – it can be painful.

bedtime lotion

Then, shake a few drops of the oil onto the lotion, rub your hands together and apply on your legs, your arms, shoulders, neck and stomach. Skip the face and chest … in a few minutes you’ll know why.


Some words of caution:

  • If you wear contacts, take them out BEFORE applying the oil and lotion – you do not want this in your eyes.
  • Do not put the lotion/oil combo in any sensitive places (I’ll let you figure out what that means).
  • If you have any arthritis, the peppermint can ease that stiffness so use it in those places.

The effect is quick and it can be a bit of a surprise until you get used to it, so I recommend starting off slowly. The lotion helps you spread around the oil and keeps the effect from being too intense.

Still, you will feel chilled and cool. If you have a fan on in your room, the effect is even colder.

Bonus? Your house always smells fresh!

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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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