Remedies and Benefits of Peppermint Oil

Press Release   •   Nov 08, 2011 14:15 IST

There is nothing more synonymous with health than nature. And it is often said that nature has a cure for every other problem, some early and some late. From cooking oils to aromatherapy oils, oils are one of the finest gifts nature has ever bestowed upon us. One such fascinating oil segment is - peppermint based oil. This oil comes from the peppermint plant which is a cross between spearmint & water mint; other parts of the plant also provide various health and other commercial benefits.

Its flowers are indirectly large nectar producers while dried peppermint leaves are also used for various purposes. Peppermint is considered to provide good radio protective effects during cancer treatments. The best part of peppermint is its oil which mainly contains menthone, menthol, menthyl esters and minerals like manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper and vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and even omega-3 fatty acids. It is often an ingredient mostly as a flavor in soaps, shampoos, cigarettes, toothpastes, chewing gums, tea and even ice cream.

In terms of direct and indirect health benefits, peppermint oil has traditionally been known for its digestion based benefits. In fact, peppermint is carminative hence it aids the removal of gas which is a principle effect of indigestion. A normal intake would be 2 or 3 drops of oil in a small glass of water post meals for carminative effects or whenever someone has ingestion problems. These oils have also shown good muscle relaxing properties helping it to ease issues like ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ to some extent. In addition, it helps to increase your immunity to fight diseases especially bowel spasms.

The ingredient menthol in this oil helps to clear respiratory tracks hence peppermint oil is prescribed for clearing respiratory tracks during the follows issues:
    * Cold
    * Cough
    * Nasal congestion
    * Sinusitis
    * Asthma
    * Bronchitis
Cold rubs which are rubbed in case of common colds have this oil in them. It is also used in tonics specially made for issues like low appetite. Also, these oils have shown positive effects during motion sickness issues. One of the most important health benefits of this oil is the dental care it provides. From fighting bad breadth to cleaning germs near teeth and gums, peppermint is often added to toothpastes or used directly during toothaches.

Peppermint oils help a lot during headaches and nausea as well. Application is as follows; diluted form of peppermint oil can be directly put over the concerned person’s forehead. Also it provides good amount of relief from pain. And due to its direct cooling effect (mainly due to menthol) it reduces fever to an extent. This oil is also used in hair care and skin care products for its medicinal benefits in the respective fields.

Due to its cooling and refreshing nature, peppermint based oil has shown a positive effect during stress, mental exhaustion (peppermint flavored oil head massage helps here), some cases of depression, restlessness and anxiety as well. So all in all, peppermint oil is one of the most sought after medicinal based aromatic herbs.

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