Divine Living Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil has a fresh, sharp, menthol smell, is clear to pale yellow in color and watery in viscosity.
It is a native of the Mediterranean, but is now also cultivated in Italy, USA, Japan, and Great Britain.
It is a perennial herb that grows up to 3 feet high and has slightly hairy serrated leaves with pinkish-mauve flowers arranged in a long conical shape. It has underground runners by which it easily propagates. Peppermint oil is extracted from the whole plant above ground just before flowering.
According to Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was hotly pursued by Pluto, whose jealous wife Persephone, trod her ferociously into the ground, whereupon Pluto then turned her into a herb, knowing that people would appreciate her for years to come.
Evidence of use was found in Egypt in a tomb dating back from 1,000 BC.
Historically, the herb 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 oil have been studied and proved by the scientific community.
Peppermint oil is also used as a flavoring agent. It 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.
This essential oil is used in aromatherapy to stimulate the mind, increase mental agility, and increase focus. While cooling the skin, reducing redness, and calming irritation and itchiness. It is also said to help ease spastic colon, migraine, headaches, sinus and chest congestion and boosts the digestive system.
The health benefits of peppermint oil include the following:
- Indigestion: Often people put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It 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 in the combination of caraway oil can be used for treating heartburns.
- Dental Care: It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches.
- Respiratory Problems: It helps in clearing the respiratory tract. It is an effective expectorant and, therefore, provides relief, though temporary, in numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. You can use it in a cold rub. When these cold rubs are rubbed on the chest, they remove nasal and respiratory congestion immediately.
- Nausea and Headache: Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache.
- Stress: Peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 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.
- 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. Helps reduce fever.
- Blood Circulation: It is said to improve blood circulation.
- Hair Care: Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice.
- Skin Care: It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.
Peppermint Essential Oil
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