Husband Uses Essential Oil Instead of Actual Peppermint on Wife’s Gift, She Has a Panic Attack

People say it’s the thought that counts, but some kind gesture is better left as a thought and not an action.

For redditor u/sadbeanwithdreams, it’s the thoughtful birthday present from his wife that he probably won’t get. Knowing how much her husband loves peppermint mocha lattes, she decided to make one for herself, but the things she added to the drink didn’t start the birthday off on the right note.

Not every idea that sounds good in theory is actually good

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OP’s husband had a surprise in mind for his birthday, but unfortunately, the execution was not good

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Ingesting essential oils can lead to serious health problems

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

People often think that such oils are harmless because they are natural, made from plants. However, that doesn’t mean they’re safe to put in foods and drinks (with certain exceptions in very small amounts), because of how concentrated they are.

“It takes a lot of plant material to get a little oil. Because of that, essential oils are really concentrated and can affect us in powerful ways,” the family medicine doctor and medical director for the Integrative Health Clinic at the University of Wisconsin, David S. Kiefer, MD, told Everyday Health.

Another expert, director of education and an associate professor at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, Megan Voss, DNP, RN, pointed out that in addition to the many health risks, essential oils can also affect in the way our body responds to medicine.

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

Quite a few people seem to enjoy flavored coffee, with vanilla being the choice

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Fortunately, OP’s husband’s good intentions don’t seem to have caused irreversible damage, but fellow redditors in the comments suggested picking up a candy cane or syrup next time. In truth, few coffee lovers use syrups to enhance their drinks.

According to the National Coffee Association’s 2023 National Coffee Data Trends Report, nearly one-third of Americans enjoy a flavored coffee here and there, with vanilla being the go-to flavor (leaving caramel and hazelnut to fight second on the list, followed by mocha).

The report found that the majority of US coffee drinkers (81% of them) tend to have a cup of joe with breakfast or some time in the morning (38%), rather than in the afternoon (19% ) or at night (10%). The data also revealed that of all espresso-based drinks, lattes seem to be the most popular option, with espressos and cappuccinos in second and third place respectively.

The OP’s love for the peppermint mocha latte shows that the latte is an option that can be customized to personal preferences; but that should not be done with the help of essential oils. That’s why, after learning from her mistakes, the husband apparently bought some safe-to-consume peppermint flavoring 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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