Essential Oils: Peppermint

Besides lavender, peppermint is probably one of the most popular essential oils. It is easy to use and can have significant benefits on health. It’s easy to produce and cultivate which makes it cheap to purchase, thus making it a perfect starter oil!


Background

Peppermint is one of the oldest documented herbs used for medicinal purposes. History mentions it as far back as 1000 B.C. and has even been found in Egyptian pyramids. It was even mentioned in Greek mythology when Pluto turned a nymph, Mentha, into the well-known herb. Originally native to Europe and Asia, it is now found in many kitchen and outdoor herb gardens. 

Benefits

Pain reliever. Peppermint oil is great for relieving muscle pain and headaches. A clinical trial even noted peppermint performs just as well as acetaminophen when treating headache pains. This studyfound the same results. of Other studies showed that peppermint and other herbal preparations worked as topical analgesics. I personally use peppermint to cure my own aches and pains!
Digestion. Peppermint is good for a variety of digestive and internal issues. One in particular is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). One studyrevealed peppermint capsules reduced IBS by 40% after 4 weeks. Other studies indicate that peppermint relaxes the digestive system and can ease pain. Gut health is the root of a lot of underlying medical problems. A healthy gut can significantly improve quality of life. 
Allergy and sinus help. Peppermint has many properties that can alleviate allergy symptoms and sinus congestion. It is highly effective in relaxing nasal passages and can help clear out the respiratory tract. Animal studies have proven peppermint reduced allergic symptoms such as sneezing and itchy nose. 
Nausea. Inhaling peppermint can help alleviate and reduce the feelings of nausea. A study of post-op patients found that when they inhaled peppermint oil their nausea was significantly reduced. I’ve used this method more often than any other. You would be amazed how quickly it works!

Applications

There are dozens of ways to use peppermint. It is one of the few oils I’ve actually ingested. a drop under the tongue, in a drink or coffee can be very refreshing. Just be careful because it can be STOUT!
Y’all know that I prefer diffusing oils, and peppermint can really fill a room! If you want to rid your house of odor, get rid of that nausea, or simply benefit from the smell…diffusing is your answer.
Be cautious when applying peppermint topically. It is considered a “hot” oil. That means that it can cause skin irritation. Always use with a carrier if you plan to apply to the skin. Add it with some coconut oil to make a pain creme.

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