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
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.
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…