Peppermint Essential Oil
The peppermint herb is a native of Europe. It has been used for its medicinal properties for hundreds of years. It is one of the few herbs to be backed by the medical establishment, with studies proving its many health benefits.
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy as it has a diverse range of therapeutic properties. Of the many peppermint oil uses, it is a popular flavoring agent thanks to its refreshing mint taste and aroma.
The other benefits of Peppermint Oil include.
Dental Care - Peppermint oil has always played a strong role in maintaining dental hygiene. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties promote complete dental health. Peppermint oil fights off bacteria, preventing bad breath and tooth decay. It also holds the gums and teeth in place. This makes it a common ingredient in various dental care products including toothpastes, mouthwashes and breath mints.
Eases Stomach Ailments - The oil of peppermint is very effective in soothing a variety of stomach ailments. It is known to relax the stomach and abdominal muscles, easing cramps, stomach aches and spasms in the intestinal tract. It also has carminative properties and so consumption of peppermint oil expels gases from the digestive system and reduces bloating. Peppermint oil is also an excellent treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. It is administered as enteric coated peppermint oil capsules to relieve this and many other intestinal disorders. For individuals with poor appetites, peppermint oil can work as an effective tonic.
Mental Strength - Pure peppermint oil has strong cooling and refreshing properties. A peppermint oil aromatherapy massage helps keep the mind calm and relieves stress and anxiety. Peppermint oil stimulates the tired mind, enabling it to focus and concentrate, making it stronger. It is an effective therapy for depression and fatigue.
Respiratory Functions - The menthol content in peppermint essential oil makes it an effective treatment for several respiratory conditions.
Peppermint oil provides instant, albeit, temporary relief from congestion, persistent coughs, sinusitis and eases asthma symptoms. As a result, peppermint oil is an ingredient in many nasal sprays, pumps and rubs.
Hair Care - Peppermint oil hair treatments are highly effective, especially in the case of lice and dandruff. The oil has a cooling effect on the head, which in turn improves blood circulation in the scalp. This promotes hair growth and improves the condition of the hair.
Skin Care - Peppermint oil massages are known to soothe and heal the skin. It nourishes and hydrates dull, dry skin. It also improves the condition of oily skin. Peppermint oil is very effective in reducing itching and irritation. This makes it good when dealing with lesions, rashes, eczema and insect bites.
Health Tonic - Peppermint Oil is good for the body. It improves blood circulation and immunity. It is also useful in curing headaches, motion sickness and urinary tract infections. Although menstrual cramps are often effectively treated with peppermint oil pregnancy pains should not be treated in this way.
Peppermint oil can be used in the form of lotions, rubs and creams. It can be applied directly on the skin, or used as massage oils and diluted in baths.