Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
If you have not had an essential oil of peppermint in your household so far, it’s time to put it in your personal pharmacy. Mint is one of the most popular herbs in the world and it is used in European countries for centuries.
However, neither ancient Japanese nor Chinese medicine remained immune to the medicinal properties of this plant. It is also mentioned in Greek mythology, which tells how Pluto transformed the nymph Ment into the plant because of his great love for her. All he wanted is people to appreciate her forever. Mint’s health benefits are also recorded on papyrus dating from the period of ancient Egyptians and Pharaohs.

Mentha piperita is the most important species of the Mentha genus because it contains the largest amount of medicinal substances. Peppermint has a very pleasant scent, especially its leaves because they contain most of the plant’s essential oil, from which, in fact, we get the most of its health benefits. Peppermint essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh above-ground parts of the bouquet. The specific scent that refreshes and cools comes from the most important active substance of Mentha piperita, menthol, but besides it, this medicinal plant also contains other useful ingredients, which makes its effect multifaceted and versatile, and its application very wide. Numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium and copper are all contained in this herb. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Peppermint Oil Usage

Suitable for both oral and inhalation usage and locally on the skin, essential peppermint oil, along with the lavender essential oil, has the broadest application of all essential oils. When applied on the skin it has a cooling effect and a calming effect on the body, which reduces muscle tension. It also has pronounced antibacterial properties so it can help with breathing and digestive problems. Experts recommend this oil when a person suffers from nausea and because of his soothing effect on the gastrointestinal system it calms muscle spasms and prevents vomiting.

Health benefits of essential oil of peppermint

It improves digestion, reduces bloating and stomach cramps

Peppermint essential oil naturally reduces the spasm of the intestine, relaxes the stomach muscles and in this way reduces the occurrence of spills and gases.

Mitigates the nervous intestines symptoms

Studies have shown that thanks to a high percentage of menthol, the oil reduces the irritable bowel symptoms disease because it relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestine and relieves abdominal cramps. During the study, the symptoms decreased by 50% in 75% of the subjects.

It refreshes the breath and reduces the formation of caries

Mint is great if you are fighting bad breath. According to the research, peppermint essential oil showed better results than any synthetic flushing agent based on alcohol and fluoride, both against unpleasant breathing and for maintaining oral hygiene.

For healthy and nourished hair

Peppermint essential oil improves circulation, especially if you apply it to the skin of the head. That’s why people often use it as an ingredient in many hair products. Mint is useful for hair follicle regeneration and stimulation of hair growth. It opens the pores and allows the skin of the head to breathe. Due to its pronounced antiseptic effect, it can help with dandruff and seborrhea.

Tip: Add 2 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of lavender oil in 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil.Lubricate the hair and head with the mixture and let it stand for 15 minutes, then wash your hair with a mild plant shampoo (ex. nettles).

It relaxes muscles and reduces joint pain

The essential oil of peppermint is very effective in relaxing muscles and against pain. It is especially helpful for pain in the back and spine, headaches and painful inflammation of the muscles. When your joints hurt, mix the oil with lavender oil and some of the base oils (jojoba, coconut) and you will get great results. Although the mint has a cooling effect, this combination at the same time calms and reduces pain.

Stay tuned! There are some more benefits of this amazing oil which we would present in our next article…