Husband uses essential oil instead of real peppermint in wife’s gift, has a panic attack

People say it’s the thought that counts, but certain kind gestures are better left as a thought rather than an action.

For Redditor u/sadbeanwithdreams, it was a thoughtful birthday present from her husband that she probably wouldn’t have preferred. Knowing how much his wife loves a peppermint mocha latte, he decided to make her one himself, but the things added to the drink didn’t lead to the birthday right.

Not all ideas that seem good in theory are good in reality

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OP’s husband came up with a thoughtful surprise birthday present, but unfortunately the execution was poor

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Ingesting essential oils can lead to serious health problems

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OP’s husband probably had the best intentions in his heart when he came up with a surprise for her birthday; but little did he know that the essential oils he used to make it were not fit for consumption.

People often think of such oils as harmless because they are natural, made from plants. However, that in itself does not mean that they are safe to put in food and drinks (with certain exceptions in small amounts) because they are dense.

“Getting even a little oil requires a lot of plant material. Because of this, essential oils are really concentrated and can affect us in powerful ways,” David S. Kiefer, MD, a family physician and medical director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Health Clinic, told Everyday Health.

Another expert, Megan Voss, DNP, RN, director of education and assistant professor at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, noted that in addition to the numerous health benefits, essential oils can also affect the way our bodies respond. for medication.

“Some essential oils use the same receptor sites as drugs, which can make our drugs less effective,” Voss told Everyday Health. “They can also increase the amount of drugs circulating in our bodies and cause toxicity.”

Quite a few people seem to enjoy flavored coffee, and vanilla is the best option

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Fortunately, OP’s husband’s good intentions apparently didn’t cause irreversible damage, but redditors in the comments suggested they opt for candy canes or syrups next time. In fact, quite a few coffee lovers use syrups to enhance their drinks.

According to the National Coffee Association’s 2023 National Coffee Data Trends report, nearly a third of Americans enjoy flavored coffee here and there, with vanilla being the most popular flavor (leaving caramel and hazelnut tied for second and then mocha).

The report found that the vast majority of US coffee drinkers (81% of them) enjoy a cup with breakfast or sometime in the morning (38%) rather than in the afternoon (19%) or evening. in the evening (10%). The data also revealed that of all espresso-based drinks, lattes appear to be the most popular choice, with espressos and cappuccinos in second and third place.

The OP’s love of the peppermint mocha latte shows that the latte is an option that can be tailored to personal preference; but it should not be done with essential oils. Therefore, the husband, having learned from his mistakes, apparently bought it safe to consume peppermint spice for similar surprise gestures in the future.

Fellow Redditors didn’t think the OP was a jerk in the situation, they shared their thoughts in the comments


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