The informant is marked EL. I am CS. She shared with me a few forms of folk medicine practices she has learned over the years.
CS: “Any other folk medicine you can think of?”
EL: “Yeah we also did this one that helps with anxiety. I think it is Peppermint essential oil that does the trick.”
CS: “How long have you been doing it for?”
ET: “Whenever I’m stressed my mom makes me do it, so yeah…it’s been a while.”
CS: “Does your entire family follow this folk remedy?”
ET: “Definitely, we all do this one. It’s nice to do before like a test or something to detox after. It helps kinda clear and cleanse your mind.”
Met for coffee to record her different encounters with folk medicine and remedies.
ET is a first year student at The University of Southern California. She was raised in Dallas, Texas.
I thought this remedy was not only interesting but something I personally would love to try. There is nothing too odd about it, and it seems very likely to work. It would be interesting to research and try to discover other similar essential oils and if they have different effects than peppermint.