Peppermint Essential Oil: 10 Ways to Improve Your Health
Jun 20th 2022 by Viva Doria Admin
Peppermint essential oil has many uses, both in aromatherapy and homeopathic medicine. It can relieve everything from headaches to cold symptoms to muscle aches, so it’s no wonder people are starting to use it more often! To learn about how peppermint essential oil can benefit your health, read on to find out about 10 proven ways you can use it to improve your overall well-being.
1) Treat Seasonal Allergies
Natural remedies may provide relief from seasonal allergies quickly. A better alternative to over-the-counter allergy medication is to use peppermint essential oil. Add some peppermint oil to your bath to give yourself a soothing and relaxing time. You can also use it around your home to relieve allergy symptoms. Just put some on a tissue and then put it up under your nose. One can put two drops of pure peppermint essential oil in one cup of water and drink it up. Inhaling peppermint also has antihistamine properties, so one can expect more immediate relief.
2) Help with Digestion
After meals, peppermint oil can soothe stomach muscles, relieve gas and bloating. In some cases, peppermint oil has also been known to reduce stomach upset, vomiting, or diarrhea. Try inhaling it after a meal to relieve motion sickness and morning sickness. For constipation, mix peppermint essential oil with Epsom salt and add it to a bath for an effective detoxifying treatment. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a warm bath may also help with cramps. You can take a 15-minute soak in it. One of the ways peppermint oil helps is with menstrual cramps, such as headaches or migraines caused by PMS. You can also use it to ward off nausea that occurs as a result of menstruation. Kids can enjoy peppermint as well.
3) Fight fatigue
If you’re feeling tired, peppermint can help. Put some in your hands and rub them together for 20 seconds, then place your hands over your nose and mouth. Breathe deeply. (You can also put peppermint on a cotton ball and put it beside your pillow.) Peppermint oil is thought to have an energizing effect on brain cells, which may be why it works so well as a natural stimulant. You can use peppermint essential oil in conjunction with other ingredients as part of a DIY body scrub or massage oil. You can also add it to your bath water or use it while taking a shower—it’s especially refreshing when combined with sea salt.
4) Ease Pain
Peppermint essential oil has analgesic properties and can be applied topically on areas of pain, such as sore muscles or joints. Studies have shown that peppermint helps block pain signals by interfering with our body’s nerve communication pathways. This is ideal for anyone who suffers from chronic pain. Peppermint oil also reduces inflammation caused by joint and muscle pains. As a bonus, it can also make you feel cool during hot flashes or inflamed after exercising! To use peppermint essential oil topically, dilute it with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Then apply it to areas where you experience pain for 30 minutes at a time up to three times per day.
5) Freshen your breath
For a quick fix for your breath, chew a piece of gum or suck on a mint after a meal. Unfortunately, these fixes are only temporary. chewing gum and mints provide a temporary fix and peppermint essential oil helps for a longer, better breath. You can just drop a few drops into some water and then drink it like you would a cup of tea. You can also apply some to your tongue with your fingers or put a drop on your toothbrush and brush your teeth as you normally would. Just one whiff of peppermint essential oil refreshes the entire mouth. And that scent lasts for several hours.
6) Relax Your Mind and Body
Peppermint essential oil is great for relaxing both your mind and body. It’s a natural stress reliever, which means it can help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep. Peppermint oil has a cooling sensation that can help relax tight muscles or ease tension headaches. By inhaling it or rubbing it on sore muscles and joints you may notice immediate relief from muscle aches and pain. Rubbing peppermint oil on your temples might also reduce headaches; applying to other areas of your skin won’t have any effect on headaches, but will feel cool and invigorating anyway.
7) Boost Your Immune System
Peppermint essential oil has been shown to reduce inflammation, open up sinus passages, and aid in decongestion. The calming scent also helps relieve headaches and migraines caused by allergies or sinus issues. The cooling sensation of peppermint also causes blood vessels in your nasal cavity and forehead to constrict, reducing pain. You can diffuse peppermint or apply it topically with a carrier oil for best results. This powerful oil can cause skin irritation if applied undiluted, so test a small area first, then add more as needed. Be sure to avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and sensitive areas; it’s generally safe for external use when diluted properly. Do not take it internally unless you consult a healthcare professional first.
8) Decrease Inflammation in Your Joints and Muscles
To help manage pain in areas such as your joints, you can combine two or three drops of peppermint oil with two or three drops of either eucalyptus or wintergreen oil in a bowl of hot water, and then inhale the vapor that is created. These oils can relieve muscle tension and improve mobility, making them an excellent way to relieve the pain of earaches. Earaches can cause extreme discomfort and severe pain, so try not to overdo them when using them and make it your best to use them only as a last resort.
9) Aid Sleep Quality
Peppermint essential oil is a mild sedative. Try diffusing some in your bedroom before bed, or dilute a few drops with coconut oil and rub it on your neck. It also helps prevent nightmares if you rub a little behind your ears as you're trying to drift off. Just be careful not to get it too close to your eyes; peppermint can cause stinging, tingling, and even redness in concentrated amounts.
10) Promote Weight Loss
While more research is needed to support its use for weight loss, peppermint essential oil has been shown in a study in Food and Chemical Toxicology (2009) to potentially increase thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue. The study concluded that the effects of p-mentha-8,4'-diene-1,8-diol [PMD] have led us to assume that new compounds may exist that act as uncoupling agents of oxidative phosphorylation. PMD caused an increase in heat generation (aka calorie burning) while at rest! It makes you a human furnace. Additionally, peppermint essential oil can be used topically or aromatically.
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