What is Peppermint?
Peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid between watermint and spearmint, and though it grew wild in Europe, the well-recognized plant can be found harvested in North America, Europe and parts of Asia.
Peppermint is known for its fresh menthol smell and distinct cool, minty taste. Peppermint leaves are used in a wide variety of recipes such as our chocolate peppermint brownies, beverages, and savory dishes. You can also find peppermint oil in products like lotion, medicine, and even oral hygiene care.
Peppermint oil has grown in popularity for its versatile use and potential health benefits. More research is being done on the benefits of peppermint oil and how it can help.
Health Benefits of Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil may be helpful in relieving muscle aches and pain. Many have reported a decrease in muscle pain after adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your favorite non-scented lotion, sugar scrub, or even caraway oil and then rubbing the mixture onto the affected muscle.
The peppermint oil mixture will first have a soothing, warming sensation on your skin, followed by a wonderful cooling effect.
Peppermint oil may also help with tension headaches. By simply adding a drop or two of diluted peppermint oil to the middle of the forehead, studies show it can help. According to a study published in American Family Physician, researchers found the use of peppermint oil to be just as effective as common over the counter pain relievers.
Peppermint oil can also be found in many hair care products because of its scalp benefits. The cool and soothing sensation can help prevent dry scalp, dandruff, and may even combat head lice. For a homemade solution try Soothing Peppermint Hair Solution.
Mood Booster/Stress Reliever
Peppermint oil is so refreshing! Peppermint oil has been used in lotions and cosmetics for years. Along with the hair treatment referenced above that leaves your scalp feeling cool and revitalized, the smell of peppermint is also associated with reduced stress.
A few drops of peppermint oil consumed with water after a meal may help with digestion. Peppermint oil has been reported as providing temporary relief for gas, nausea, and may even help promote a healthy metabolism! Peppermint oils’ ability to help with the reduction of gas and bloating comes from its carminative property.
Cautionary Tips: Excessive use of peppermint oil, like any other oil, can cause side effects. Side effects can include skin irritation, rash, and allergic reactions. An excess use of peppermint oil, when taken orally, can be toxic. Please consult your physician before using peppermint oil in your daily routine.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease