Peppermint is widely used in folk remedies and traditional medicine for treatment of various diseases. Preparations of peppermint include leafs, leaf extracts and water, which is obtained by distillation from freshly grounded leaves. It’s important to use high quality therapeutic-grade essential oils to use them on your skin or ingesting.
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Amazing Properties of Peppermint
Neuron-Psychiatric effects: Some studies have suggested that peppermint is a central nervous system stimulant. Studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of aromas on cognitive performance, perceived physical workload, and pain responses based on possible changes in the brain activity.
Skin benefits: Peppermint is said to be a good analgesic to be applied topically and also a coolant for the skin. This oil stimulates cold receptors on the skin and dilates blood vessels, causing a sensation of coldness and an analgesic effect. It also increases cutaneous blood flow, muscle temperature, and skin temperature after topical application of the oil.
Pulmonary Properties: Menthol occurs naturally as a colorless crystal or powder and it is greatly responsible for the spasmolytic nature of peppermint. Additionally, it is also a rich source of polyphenolic compounds which contributes to its strong antioxidant properties.
Dental health: Pepper mint is used in making oral dentifrices as it can provide over all freshness in breath and also keep away bad breath.
Gastrointestinal benefits: Peppermint is used for treatment of non-obstructive dyspepsia without any known side effects. It improves the gastric emptying rate.
Immune Modulation: Menthol has anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically. Hence, it can also suppress antigen induced allergies.
Antispasmodic effect: The oil is well known for its antispasmodic, painkilling, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, and antioxidant effects. This oil is also said to relieve alleviating tension related headaches.
Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
1. No more bad breath
Use a drop of the oil with Lemon essential oil in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse. It freshen the breath and builds confidence.
2. Support Healthy Breathing
Dilute a drop of the oil combined with fraction-ed Coconut Oil and place under your nose to support open airways and help you breathe easily.
3. Tame a Toothache
Peppermint oil can act as a concentrated natural pain killer and muscle relaxant, especially with painful gums, teething or recent dental work.
4. No more dark circles
If you find you are having hard time sleeping, peppermint oil helps activate cold-sensitive receptors in the skin and mucous tissues. When used this way, it may help with insomnia.
5. Evokes mind
Peppermint oil activates the limbic function in your brain. The limbic function helps control things like emotions and long-term memory and is related to olfactory structures in your nose. If you are shocked, stressed out or nervous, peppermint oil may help restore feelings of normalcy and balance.
6. Alleviate Internal Strife
When used internally, peppermint becomes a fresh relief from cramping, indigestion to diarrhea. Skip the antacids and go with this oil. Add a drop of the oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
7. Beat the heat
Fill a spray bottle of water with a few drops of this essential oil and spray on the face during workouts or hot sun to refresh.
8. Reduce fever
Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
9. Relieve sinus
For instance, your sinus seems to be clogged and throats swollen and scratchy, then diffuse peppermint oil or apply topically on the chest for almost immediate relief and revitalizing air flow. This oil acts as an expectorant and provide relief for colds, sinus, asthma, and bronchitis.
10. Energize Your Lather
Add peppermint to shampoo, soap or conditioner to stimulate the scalp, energize and wake up. The oil is an antiseptic in nature, and can also help remove dandruff and lice. After a workout, take a good bath with the oil. The best part is it helps to stimulate your senses and helps to improve scalp health.
11. Allergies Beware
Peppermint oil has the ability to relax smooth muscles in the body and the same muscles that line our airways and become affected in allergy season. This oil will be very effective in the treatment .
12. Calms Headache
If you have a headache in the middle of the day and looking for immediate relief. Apply a few drops of Peppermint oil on the head, nose and front and back of the neck. It sets into action and easily cures that headache away in minutes.
13. Seep, Soak & Revitalize
After a long day, apply peppermint, let it seep in and then soak in a warm bath or shower. The refreshing vapor will make you feel cool, relaxed and energized again.
14. Itch Fix
If you have the after effects of sunburn where skin is a little warm and itchy, apply a drop of peppermint oil to cool, soothe and stop itching. For an instance, apply the oil immediately to an injured area to relieve pain. Otherwise if there is a cut, apply the this oil around the open wound (not on it).
15. Relaxes feet
Mix few drops of Peppermint oil in a foot bath to relieve sore feet. Keep water agitated while soaking feet. Clearly, it helps cool your overworked, over heated tootsies.
16. Calms inflammation
Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation.
17. A Joint Effort
Peppermint oil is a great way to cool joints without taking an ice bath. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain. It also helps to soothe occasional soreness in muscles and joints.
18. Tummy Calmer
Rub peppermint oil on the stomach or take internally for occasional digestive discomfort. Massage several drops of the oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
19. Long drive companion
Inhale Peppermint from a handkerchief or straight from the bottle to perk up on long drives. You can also use the oil in order to revitalize in case of long working hours.
20. Leap from Lethargic
Peppermint can support blood circulation and leave you feeling rejuvenated to keep those creative juices flowing. Simply spritz peppermint on child’s shirt before study time for improved concentration and alertness. You can also diffuse the oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale this oil while taking a test to improve recall.
21. Savor the Combination
Peppermint makes a delicious addition to all things chocolate. Add a drop into your chocolate beverages and baked goods.
22. Remove the Tick
Ticks on pets can be removed by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to unhinge its head and remove from your pet.
23. Don’t Make It Easy on the Critters
Just add to water in a spray bottle and spray where you think pests grace their presence. It’s safe, contains no harsh chemicals or pesticides. Ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, mice and cockroaches steer clear of peppermint smell. It doesn’t kill them, but forces them out.
24. Clean Naturally
Peppermint oil is a wonderful natural cleaning agent because it has anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Spray on counter tops and bathroom surfaces, scrub, and enjoy cleaner clean.
25. Add Zip to All Things Chocolate
Enhance your chocolate with this oil in a gazillion ways: gourmet hot chocolate, mint brownie frosting, mint bark, mint patties, mint brownies, mint chocolate etc. Moreover, the smell seems inviting.
26. Hungry to Full In Seconds
Diffusing the oil will help control the urge to snack on junk food. Inhale the fragrance of the oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
27. Refresh water
Drink a drop of the oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day. It not only improves the taste, but also leaves you with a feeling of cool, refreshing arctic wind in your airways.
- If you are currently pregnant, then always consult physician prior to use of any essential oil.
- Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, or any sensitive skin areas.
- Dilute with carrier oil before applying to a fresh wound or burn.