Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant which is a cross breed between water mint and spearmint.
It is widely produced in Europe and North America. Peppermint essential oil can be used in two ways one is it can be taken orally through dietary supplement and another is by topically applying it as skin cream or ointment. It gives a cooling sensation after its application and has a calming effect on the body. The health benefits and uses of peppermint oil have been dated to 1,000 BC and have been discovered inside multiple Egyptian pyramids.
So let’s decode into more such benefits and various ways in which we can use it.
Peppermint oil is very helps in the process of digestion. You can put some drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after the meal. Its carminative properties will help in removing excess gas thus helping in easy digestion of food. It could be a go to tonic for people having low appetite, as it helps in treating motion sickness, upset stomachs and nausea. Peppermint oil helps to relax and smooth the muscles of the GI tract; it also helps in reliving Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Peppermint oil has various antiseptic properties, which can prove useful for your dental care. It helps to eliminate bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off bad bacteria germs. Due to such properties lots of toothpaste brands are trying to incorporate it in their toothpastes. Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties so it can be added in postoperative oxygen after oral surgeries.
Peppermint oil can also prove to be good home remedy for your nausea and headache suffering. To quickly get rid of the pains apply some diluted Peppermint oil directly on the forehead and it works wonder. The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of the peppermint oil make it even more special as it lessen the pain of migraines in the patients. Also one of the researches done has proved that within the 15 minutes of Peppermint oil application you can observe marked difference in the pain.
Like many other essential oils, peppermint oil too has the ability to leave you stress free, making you more calm and relaxed. Peppermint oil helps to stimulate mental activity making mind more clear helping you to focus on different cognitive tasks. It is also an effective solution towards your anxiety and restlessness problems.
Treats Urinary Tract Infection
The antibacterial qualities of Peppermint oil have made the way for treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI). It’s not something new this has been used since olden times but still the formal scientific researchers are underway. Alternative applications of Peppermint oil can lessen the effects and frequency of urinary tract infections.
Treats Respiratory and sinus problems
Peppermint oil has abundance of Menthol in it which helps to clear the respiratory tract. The expectorant, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties help in solving problems like nasal congestion, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, cold and cough. Due to such curing properties it’s an essential ingredient for various cold rubs and balms. Applying these cold rubs and balm on the chest, can helps to quickly remove nasal and respiratory congestion. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help to immediately unclog sinuses and relive you from scratchy throats.
Peppermint oil can be applied externally on the affected area in order to provide relief from pain. The strong presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil helps to remove pain from the affected areas. It gives cooling sensation and can be used to reduce the fever. Apply on the affected area in case of any injury or wound as it will help to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and eliminate uncomfortable inflammation if any.
Boosts Immune system
Peppermint oil’s antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal makes it even more special. It is a perfect solution for people frequently suffering from illness. The oil comprises of camphor, menthol, and carvacrol, which can fight over certain dangerous bacterial infections like E. coli, salmonella, and staph. Studies are still going on to discover its full range of resistance towards the bacteria.
Improves Blood circulation
Various Studies have proved that peppermint oil have stimulating effect due to which when essential oil touches the end of the olfactory nerve there is an instant increase in the pulse rate and blood circulation. This effect helps to oxygenate the body’s organs including brain and it also increase body metabolism. So due to constant Blood circulation there are less chances of suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Peppermint oil is an elixir for your hair problems. Peppermint oil gives cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice. The antiseptic, regenerative, and stimulating effect of Peppermint oil can solve your scalp irritation and dry scalp problem as it helps in blood circulation further stimulating hair growth for people suffering from baldness, and adds shine and fresh look to the hair.
Peppermint oil has menthol in it which is great for skin as it gives cooling sensation apart from that it nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily or greasy skin. The antiviral properties of Peppermint oil will helps to decrease the chances of suffering from herpes infections and recurring outbreaks.
Peppermint oil can be blended with various other essential oils like eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, marjoram etc so many aroma therapists use it in various medicinal and aromatic therapies for the treatment. Everybody’s skin might not accept its excess use as it can lead to allergic reaction, heartburn, and headaches. So before using it’s necessary that you consult a doctor or expert of that field.
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