Peppermint essential oil has healthy benefits for the body, skin and hair. Peppermint oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves of the mentha piperita herb. This hybrid herb is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It is found throughout the world, typically in moist and shady locations. It is an old world medicinal herb. Peppermint oil is pale yellow in color with a thin consistency and a strong, fresh, minty aroma. It has a number of health benefits and is found as an ingredient in many aromatherapy products. It blends well with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.
The health benefits of essential oil include:
It can be used to stimulate the mind and improve concentration. Inhaling the oil when used in a diffuser or vaporizer can help with focus.
It is cooling on the skin and is calming on irritated and itchy skin. This can ease conditions such as acne, ringworm, and dermatitis. Oil of peppermint can also be used to soothe sunburn. Just add it to a moisturizing skin cream and apply as needed.
The oil can help to relieve headaches as it has pain relieving qualities. It can be blended with a carrier oil and applied to the temples. Those qualities can also be of benefit for relieving menstrual cramps. The oil can be diluted in carrier oil and massaged into the abdomen. This method can be used for conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, as well.
Peppermint oil can be used as a general tonic for the digestive system, as it is an antispasmodic and can be beneficial for disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. It can help to prevent a buildup of gas in the digestive tract and can stimulate the production of bile, and help a sluggish gallbladder. The oil can be diluted in a carrier oil and massaged onto the abdomen, or add peppermint bath salts to bath water.
It can help to relieve sinus and respiratory problems, as it is a natural decongestant and expectorant. Peppermint is often found in chest-rub preparations and is beneficial when suffering from colds or conditions such as bronchitis. Using the oil in bath water, a diffuser, or in a vaporizer can help to clear the airways.
Peppermint oil has antiseptic properties and can be added to a mouthwash to help with gum infections and kill bacteria.
The oil can be found in products such as peppermint soap and other skin care products. This is an easy way to incorporate the invigorating healing properties and delightful aroma of peppermint oil into your routine. When purchasing products like this, it is important to ensure they do contain the actual essential oil and not just a synthetic alternative. The alternative will have no health benefits and may actually irritate those with sensitive skin.
The oil can help to balance oil levels in the skin and hair. In fact, peppermint shampoo can give you an incredibly rejuvenating experience.
Using peppermint essential oil in massage therapy can help to stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage the body to rid itself of toxins, helping to boost the immune system.
Some people may experience a slight reaction to the peppermint oil on their skin but it is generally safe to use.
It should not be used near the eyes and should be avoided during pregnancy. Those with epilepsy and those with cardiac problems should only use the oil under the direction of a qualified professional.