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Peppermint Oil and Your Health

Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine.

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Did you know that peppermint has more to offer than just fresh breath?

Did you know that peppermint has more to offer than just fresh breath? Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils, and along with a fresh aroma, it has several benefits.


The use of peppermint for medicinal purposes dates back thousands of years to prehistoric times. The herb is one of the oldest remedies in the world. The history of peppermint dates back to the Roman times when it was used as a flavoring for food, wine, and sweets.


Herbalists traditionally used peppermint to relieve digestive difficulties such as stomachaches, gas, diarrhea, indigestions, colds, flu, nervous disorders, cholera, and tension headaches. Peppermint is still used to treat many of these problems until now.


What is peppermint oil?


Peppermint oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant. The organic compound found in the peppermint plant is known as menthol, which gives it its well-known fresh scent. Peppermint oil is used for various purposes, among which are to treat a variety of health conditions, including indigestion and relieving pain.


Uses and health benefits of Peppermint oil


Antimicrobial

Have you ever wondered why mint is used in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and lozenges? Its antimicrobial properties are among the main reasons peppermint is being used in these products.


A study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that peppermint oil may help break up mucus and reduce inflammation. In the laboratory, it helped kill off certain strains of E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, and other dangerous bacteria. These are some of the same bacteria found in respiratory infections like bronchitis or those that cause urinary tract infections.


Digestive Aid

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Peppermint oil is one of the most highly recommended natural cures for IBS symptoms like indigestion, gas, bloating, pain, and irregularity. Peppermint helps to calm down the muscles of the stomach by increasing the flow of bile and promoting digestion. It can alleviate symptoms of gas, bloating, and diarrhea.


Fever Reduction

Peppermint's cooling properties also make it helpful in reducing fever. Menthol is effective in reducing fevers. When applied to any affected area, it provides a very cold feeling, often called a refrigerant.


Fungal Infections

We all know how important it is to keep ourselves healthy, but sometimes our skin needs extra help. If you've ever dealt with a fungal infection, you know how painful and embarrassing it can be. You may have tried over-the-counter creams or remedies from your doctor, but nothing addresses the problem.


When it comes to treating fungal infections, peppermint oil may be an option with many promises. This essential oil is believed to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and fungicidal properties that help prevent fungal growth that can lead to fungal infections in the gut, lungs, and skin.


Headaches and Migraines

Apart from the cooling effects of menthol to reduce fever, studies have suggested that this active ingredient may help in relieving headaches and migraines. Ease the tension by applying peppermint oil to your temples and forehead.


Nausea

Peppermint oil is also used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, chemotherapy, motion sickness, and morning sickness. Some researchers believe that peppermint oil relaxes your stomach muscles so that bile can break down fats, and food can move through the stomach quickly. When you're suffering from nausea, this is a significant benefit.


Pain Relief

If you're looking for relief from muscle and joint pain, you can use peppermint oil externally to relieve your symptoms. You can add a few drops of peppermint oil to a carrier oil and then massage an area with it. The presence of menthol in peppermint oil helps with muscle soreness and aches with its cooling effects.


Promotes Hair Regrowth

With its antiseptic, regenerating and stimulating properties, peppermint oil can reduce dry scalp and irritation, promoting hair growth in people suffering from baldness, and making hair look shiny and fresh. Boosting oxygenation is possible due to peppermint oil's stimulating properties.


As a result, hair roots become stronger and healthier. When you're experiencing hair loss or damage due to chemical treatments, use peppermint oil-based products to boost hair growth and return your hair to its ideal condition.


Radioprotective

Peppermint also appears to have an anti-radioactive effect, which may contribute to maintaining the health of the body cells. These substances reduce the damage caused by radiation in healthy tissues while maintaining the sensitivity of tumor cells to radiation.


Respiratory Problems

Peppermint contains menthol, which is a powerful decongestant. It is easier to breathe with decongestants because they reduce the swelling of the nasal membranes. Menthol works in the same way as expectorants which means people with dry coughs or sore throat can benefit from peppermint oil because it helps loosen mucus from their lungs.


Skin Complaints

Many people use peppermint oil to reduce redness and soothe skin irritations. Before applying it to the skin, ensure that you properly dilute it in water as it can cause skin burns and sensitization.


Weight Loss

Some studies show that peppermint oil may make you less hungry. One of the reasons why peppermint oil is beneficial for weight loss is because of its effective appetite suppressant that helps control food cravings and reduce overeating.

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