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Peppermint

Peppermint
Peppermint
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Botanical name: Mentha piperita

Extraction method:   Steam distilation of the flowering herb

Historically: The herb, Peppermint has been known for its medicinal uses. Hence it is often termed as the world’s oldest medicine.

Unlike many other herbs and essential oils, numerous health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved by the scientific community. As a result, peppermint oil is also sold in the form of capsules and tablets in some countries.

Peppermint oil is also used as a flavoring agent. You will find very few people who will not find peppermint suitable to their palate.  Peppermint herb contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium and copper.   It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Main chemical constituents: Menthol, menthone, 1,8-cineole, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limoene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate, pulegone.

The health benefits of peppermint oil include the following:

Indigestion: Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion.  It is carminative and therefore helps in removing gas. Peppermint oil is a good tonic for those who have a low appetite. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach. Preliminary research has proved that peppermint oil can be used for treating heartburns.

Dental care: Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It can improve bad breathand helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches.

Respiratory problems: Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract. It is an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief in numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthmas, bronchitis, cold and cough.  It is used in numerous cold rubs. When these cold rubs are rubbed on the chest, they remove nasal and respiratory congestion immediately.

Nausea and headache: Peppermint oil is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache.

Stress: Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anziety and restlessness. Use in an oil burner, massage oil and/or foot bath

Irritable bowel syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome. This has been validated through preliminary scientific research though the exact mechanism is still unknown. Use in a massage oil.

Urinary tract infection: Peppermint oil can be used for treating urinary tract infection (UTI). However, thorough scientific studies are yet to be conducted to confirm this.

Pain relief: Peppermint oil can be used externally for providing relief from pain. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil aids in removing pain. It is cooling in nature and therefore helps reduce fever.

Immune system: Peppermint oil increases your immunity to diseases and therefore helps you in preventing a number of diseases.

Blood circulation: It also improves blood circulation.

Hair care: Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and can help remove dandruff and lice.

Skin care: Peppermint oil Menthol property is good for skin. It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.

It is further believed that peppermint oil is useful for treating cancer and tuberculosis.

Peppermint blends well with various other essential oils including eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, marjoram, etc.

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