Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the most familiar and frequently used essential oils and incredibly beneficial for so many diverse health problems.
Discover the many ways to use Peppermint Essential Oil to improve your health
Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicines possibly dating back to prehistoric times.
Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder; described its use. Ancient Romans and Greeks used peppermint to flavor food, wine, and sweets. Aristotle mentions peppermint being used as an aphrodisiac! Ancient Egyptians were known to have grown and use peppermint for Aromatherapy. Peppermint begins to be mentioned for therapeutic uses in Europe in the mid-18th century.
Traditional herbalists used peppermint mainly for relieving digestive difficulties such as stomach aches, gas, diarrhea, and indigestion. It was also used in the treatment of colds, flu, nervous disorders, cholera, and to ease tension headaches.
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How is Peppermint Essential Oil Made?
Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant. The natural plant-based chemicals found within a good quality, medicinal grade peppermint essential oil are noteworthy. They include menthol, which is the most abundant phytochemical in peppermint oil. Many of these phytochemicals are currently being studied for their anti-cancer benefits.
How to make your own Peppermint Essential Oil
Ways and How - Make Your Own Peppermint Oil
Benefits of Peppermint Oil
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Benefits of Peppermint Oil
- Anti-cancer - There exists a multitude of research studies on peppermint. Much of the anti-cancer benefits of peppermint are due to its phytochemical content. This same research indicated peppermint was a potent anti-inflammatory, important in cancer because cancer is such a pro-inflammatory process in the body.
- Digestive Aid - Peppermint oil is healing for the digestive tract and symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Peppermint has powerful antispasmodic properties, which is probably why it works so well.
- Fever Reduction - At the onset of a fever you may want to wait as it is the body’s way of killing invading microbes there are times when you may need to step in and reduce it. Once it breaks you may want to reduce the fever - in a bowl, put one teaspoon of carrier oil (eg. olive, coconut, almond), add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. Mix it and apply the oil to the bottoms of the feet and back of the neck. Check your temperature again in 30 minutes or so − it should be reduced by one or two degrees.
- Headaches, Migraines - Topical treatment is effective in treatment of tension headaches comparable to using Aspirin or Tylenol and a natural substance.
- Pain Relief - Due in large part to its menthol content, peppermint oil is wonderful for pain relief and good for sore muscles, achy joints, neuralgia, cold sores, fibromyalgia, and many other painful conditions.
- Respiratory Problems - It is the menthol content which makes peppermint oil so helpful for respiratory problem and a natural decongestant (it dissolves mucus). It has natural anti-histamine properties and will not cause sleepiness. It relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract and is a natural bronchodilator.
- Skin Complaints - Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint essential oil eases skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. It can ease the pain of sunburn and is excellent for chapped lips.
- Weight Loss - Inhaling peppermint essential oil can stave off the munchies and help you feel full a little more quickly. So the next time you get that afternoon urge, inhale peppermint and you may be good till dinnertime.
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