I just love the scent, the taste, everything about peppermint. It brings back great childhood memories and as I have grown I have learned there are a lot more healthy reasons to enjoy peppermint.
For centuries peppermint has been known for its medicinal properties and uses giving it the prestigious title as the world’s oldest medicine. Due to its anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti -inflammatory properties the scientific community has been able to prove the numerous health benefits of peppermint oil and has sold it in several forms such as capsules and tablets. It has been widely prescribed by both doctors of alternative and modern medicine. So let’s take a look at the many health benefits of peppermint oil.
Aids in digestion and flatulence.
Low appetite, nausea and upset stomach.
Heartburn, when combined with caraway oil.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, peppermint oil relaxes the smooth muscles of the GI tract.
TIP: Add a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink after a meal for its useful digestive properties.
Peppermint oil also has antiseptic and anti- inflammatory properties which makes it useful in the following:
Bad breath, curbs germs from teeth and gums.
Pain relief from tooth aches.
NOTE: Peppermint oil vapor is often added to postoperative oxygen especially after oral surgery.
When applied topically, it reduces fungal nail infections.
Peppermint oil has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties which help to relax those suffering with:
Headaches and migraines, when inhaled or applied topically on the temples.
Peppermint oil has ample menthol in it which helps with nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
Peppermint oil contains camphor, menthol, carvacrol which is resistant to dangerous bacterial strains such as salmonella, E. coli, and staph infections helping to boost the immune system.
Peppermint oil has been very effective for gastroscopy, colonoscopy, double contrast barium enema when applied intraluminally to relieve spasms.
Its antibacterial properties are thought to be the main reason it reduces the effects of UTI’s when used in alternative applications.
The presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil is thought to be the reason it helps relieve pain so well. It’s natural cooling properties helps to reduce fever.
Studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil vapor of peppermint touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings there is a quick increase in pulse rate and blood circulation which stimulates increased blood circulation, improving cognitive function and protects against neutrally degenerative diseases.
Repels bugs! Israel did a study comparing seven different commercial bug repellants against each other. The All-Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellant (blended with cinnamon, eugenol, geranium, peppermint, and lemongrass oils) was tied as the most effective mosquito repellant OFF! With just 0.1 ml oil applied on the arms it gave 150 minutes of complete protection before needing to be reapplied.
Peppermint oil can carry minor and moderate interactions with certain medications so make sure to take the necessary precautions and inform your doctor of all medications whether pharmaceutical or natural.
Peppermint oil can reduce the absorption of iron so wait three hours between the two.
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