Menthol is the most famous ingredient of peppermint essential oil. It causes a pleasant feeling of cooling and reduces painful irritation, and momentarily removes pain and cramps in the muscles. There are certain receptors in the mouth that respond to the menthol, therefore, this ingredient creates a feeling of refreshment. It is a great addition to toothpaste, mouthwashes, chewing gums, breathing agents, tobacco substitutes, throat lozenges, ointments, and creams to relieve muscle pain. Menthol also works against viruses, bacteria, and fungi, but since it has stronger antimicrobial agents, it’s not used for this purpose. The largest number of plants with a strong antimicrobial effect are from the family of sores (sage/salvia, oregano, basil, thyme) and mint.
A pleasant way to enjoy the mint in the summer months is to make ice cubes with a peppermint flavor. You can do this by placing the mint leaves in a bowl for ice making and pour water over them. Another way is to have a Mojito instead. 🙂
We wrote about some of the most important benefits of peppermint essential oil in our last article and
Here are some more health benefits of the oil:
Improves the concentration and raises the level of energy
Its aroma and power give the energy to withstand long hours at work or when you are exhausted, and it is very effective in chronic fatigue.
It facilitates respiratory breathing
Inhalation with this beneficial oil successfully relief painful inflammation in the throat. It also has mucolytic properties, it’s breaking the dense secretion, facilitating its ejection and can help a lot with colds, coughs, and bronchitis. In the season of pollen allergy, you can mix the peppermint, eucalyptus and carnation oils in your diffuser and thus reduce the symptoms of allergy by inhaling.
Mint can be very helpful with nausea and vomiting and it is especially suitable for kinetosis (having these same symptoms while driving).
It lowers fever
Due to the natural effect of cooling that the essential oil of peppermint has, it has been very effective in lowering the body temperature. Simply mix it with a few drops of coconut oil and massage your feet in order to lower the temperature.
Repellent against insects
Regardless of whether you have a rash or not, a little etheric mint mixed with lavender and another carrier oil such as coconut can significantly reduce itching and soothe irritated skin, while simultaneously cooling the treated section.
In addition to wild oregano, cinnamon, and thyme oil, peppermint belongs to the essential oils which are a strong rival in the fight against infections caused by resistant bacteria that have the ability to produce biofilm. Ticks are not the only insects that hate mint. The oil is also effective against ants, spiders, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and mice. If you plan to spend some nice spring days in nature, make sure to have your natural repellent for ticks and mosquitoes:
Place 10-15 drops of essential oil of peppermint in 20ml distilled water and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Before going out of the house, shake your mixture and sprinkle through the open parts of the skin.
Eliminates stress, refreshes the body and removes headaches
Mint improves circulation and relaxes tense muscles. Normally, these conditions could cause a headache and the essential oil of peppermint is an extraordinary natural remedy for headache. A study conducted at a Neurology Clinic in Germany showed that the combination of oils, including peppermint oil, applied locally has a strong analgesic and relaxing effect.
As we can conclude from our last two articles dedicated to this amazing oil, the fragrance of peppermint essential oil refreshes, regenerates, mentally stimulates. It’s light and clean. It works antiseptic, refreshing, analgesic. Increases body resistance, calms down inflammation, lowers temperature. Is there anything this plant cannot do for our health?! It is, without any doubt, one of the most beneficial and used herbs today.