Peppermint oil is one of the most commonly used among all essential oils. Its fresh and minty scent promises you of a very relaxing and exceptional stress- relieving experience. With its invigorating aroma, various preparations are made from it, form its leaves to its flower tops where it menthol effect came from. There has been several studies conducted from this essential oil and has proven to give several potential benefits from digestive functions up to mental acuity.
Peppermint originated in Europe and a cross-breed of spearmint and water mint plants. It is about 60 centimeters in height which blooms from July to August. And it can be seen to sprout small, purple-colored flowers in terminal spikes and whorls.
How Peppermint essential oil used?
Since it has been prepared in various types, it is expected to be used in many different ways. Here is a list of the most common uses of peppermint oil all over the world.
When can we use Peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil is very helpful as an aid for digestion. People often put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal for its beneficial digestive properties. It is carminative and therefore helps in removing excess gas. It is also a good tonic for those who have a low appetite, and it helps in treating motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs. Preliminary research has proved that it, when combined with caraway oil can be used for treating heartburn.
Peppermint oil can relax the smooth muscles of the GI tract, which is why it is so commonly a component of “over-the-counter” medications. A number of studies have also shown it to be a great reliever of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which affects millions of people every year and is characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort without any other diagnosed disease. Further research still needs to be done on the exact mechanism by which this occurs, but numerous studies have validated these effects.
Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is very useful in dental care. It also eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. Unsurprisingly, these attributes mean that it is added to numerous toothpastes, and it is also been shown to be useful in the treatment of toothaches. At times, the inhalation of peppermint oil vapor can be anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, so it can even be added to postoperative oxygen, particularly after oral surgeries.
The antifungal properties of peppermint oil are well studied, and there is significant research that shows it, when topically applied, can reduce the chances of fungal nail infection, which affects many people around the world.
Nausea and headache
Peppermint oil is a good home remedy for nausea and headaches. To quickly alleviate the pain of a headache, simply apply it in a diluted form directly on the forehead. Inhaling peppermint oil can eliminate the effects of nausea and motion sickness, simply because of its relaxing and soothing effects. Its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties are part of the reason why it is so successful at relieving headache symptoms, and it is even used to reduce the pain of migraines in certain patients within 15 minutes of topical application, according to a study done in 2007.
Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness. Furthermore, it stimulates mental activity, clears the mind, and increases focus on cognitive tasks.
Peppermint oil is very effective for gastroscopy, colonoscopy and during double-contrast barium enema, where it is applied intra-luminal. Further benefits of peppermint oil that might stem from its antispasmodic properties are being studied.
Urinary tract infection
Peppermint oil can be used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). Although it is traditionally used, formal scientific research is still underway to understand the details of this specific attribute. Peppermint oil has a wealth of antibacterial qualities, which may be the underlying reason why it can reduce the effects and frequency of urinary tract infections in alternative applications.
Menthol, which is abundantly present in peppermint oil, helps to clear the respiratory tract. It is also an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief for numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. As a result, it is used in numerous cold rubs and balms. When these cold rubs are applied to the chest, they can quickly remove nasal and respiratory congestion. In one study, the use of peppermint oil proved to be antispasmodic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory in nature, and considerably soothed the trachea inflammation and coughing in rats. Obviously, more human-based studies need to be made, but it has been a frequent part of alternative medicine for generations, and is highly respected for its use in relieving respiratory issues.
Peppermint oil can be used externally in order to provide relief from pain. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil helps remove pain from affected areas. It is also cooling in nature and is subsequently used to help reduce fever. It is frequently called a “refrigerant”, meaning that it can provide an intensely cold sensation to any affected area. In case of injury, wound, or healing process, topically apply peppermint oil to the area to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and eliminate the chances of uncomfortable inflammation.