Aromatherapy

Peppermint, Invigorating Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Peppermint essential oil is a minty aromatic scent oil. Who does not love fresh, minty scent in their mouth? By the way, peppermint is a hybrid mint that been crossed between spearmint and watermint.

Peppermint is an aromatic herb in the mint family and can be found naturally in North America and Europe. These days United States is responsible for producing more than 75 percent of the world’s supply! There is some evidence about this minty oil that shown it can relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

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Forms Of Peppermint

Peppermint oil can be found in many forms and one is of course essential oils. A very concentrated form that can be used for aromatherapy and also diluted in carrier oil for other uses. Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant by steam distillation process. Young Living stated that approximately 1 pound of peppermint plants to make a 15ml bottle of essential oil.

The other forms are extracts which more diluted form that can be used to add peppermint flavor to foods and also capsules as dietary supplements.

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Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint oil main chemical components are menthol and menthone. Menthol can cause a cooling sensation that can activate the same receptor on human nerve endings that are involved in sensing cold. Try using a peppermint flavoured toothpaste or chewing gum, both give these cool breezy air in your mouth.

Other than that Peppermint essential oils can alleviate occasional stomach upset. When you use a diluted peppermint oil, you can take it internally for a support of a healthy digestive system. From the history records, mint family been used for medicinal purposes back in the old times of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Below show the benefits of using peppermint essential and diluted oils:

Pain Condition

Menthol have been used to treat pain from tension headaches, migraine and other type of headaches. When the patient apply peppermint essential oils on the forehead and temples, they had less nausea and light sensitivity.

Different forms of peppermint oil or menthol may help treat pain from headaches and migraine attacks when use topically while in capsule form, peppermint oil relieved discomfort for people who have trouble swallowing.

Skin Condition

Did you know that peppermint oil is used in cosmetic products. Yes it is. Peppermint oil led to improvements in soothing itchy skin. A study found that by applying a 0.5% solution of essential oil twice a day for two weeks significantly reduced itch severity.

Other Benefit

Other than our body and mind, peppermint essential oils also can be used for your very own household. Don’t like the smell of your own room? Well why don’t you apply 5 – 10 drops into spray cleaner and spray entire house while you’re at it. If the minty effects is quite short of time, then you can diffuse it for half a day.

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Safety Precaution

Every essential oils should be followed under the manufacturer’s guidelines and should not meant to be taken orally. This is due to the fact that some people have a possible side effects from taking peppermint extract orally such as nausea, vomiting and also heartburn.

Peppermint essential oil also shown a few side effected such as an irritated esophagus, and mouth sores. Diluted a drop peppermint oil first before taking orally and also dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. So if you need to freshen your breath, just stick to actual mints like spearmint, oregano, rosemary or watermint.

Always consider your children or pet or pregnant woman before using aromatherapy. Keep out of reach of any children or pet. You should remember peppermint aromatherapy apparently can be toxic to pets ( dogs and cats ).

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