The Top 10 Magical Uses Of Peppermint Oil


Top 10 Magical Uses For Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile, and most useful, of all the essential oils. It is loaded with vitamins – such as A and C; and minerals, namely manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium and copper. It’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

This fresh, minty oil has a number of incredible health benefits and uses and this blog post will reveal how you can use this oil to cure, treat and fix a number of illnesses, ailments and conditions.

So without further ado, here are the top ten uses for peppermint oil…

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Peppermint Oil For Weight Loss

We’ve already touched on how peppermint oil can aid weight loss on the RevitaliseYourHealth.com blog. Research from Dr. Alan Hirsch found that our emotional states affect our desire for food and that these emotional states can be controlled by varying the aromas we smell. This can easily be done with a diffuser necklace and a few drops of various essential oils.

Dr. Bryan Raudenbush took this research further and examined the impact of peppermint oil on hunger and cravings. Dr. Raudenbush exposed one group of participants to the scent of peppermint oil and a control group to a placebo. The results revealed that the peppermint oil group consumed nearly 3,000 calories fewer from saturated fat and sugar each week compared to the placebo group.

Peppermint oil has been found to be a fantastic appetite suppressant and craving crusher so invest in a bottle and place a few drops on a necklace diffuser for you to sniff throughout the day.

Peppermint Oil For IBS             

Again, this is something we’ve covered on the blog already in the past few months. An Italian study conducted in 2007 found that 75% of participants who took a peppermint oil capsule for four weeks experienced significant reductions in IBS symptoms compared to just 38% of participants who took a placebo. A follow up study conducted this year identified the way in which peppermint oil works. It acts through a specific anti-pain channel known as TRPM8 to reduce pain-sensing fibres.

Peppermint Oil For Indigestion

Freise (1999) found that taking supplements containing both enteric coated peppermint oil and caraway oil works to relax and soothe the stomach muscles and helps food pass through more quickly.

Alternatively, have a cup of peppermint tea to help soothe your stomach and relieve indigestion and heartburn.

Peppermint Oil For Bad Breath

Peppermint oil has antiseptic properties which makes it an effective dental care product. You’ll find peppermint and peppermint oil in a number of dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. If you’d like to make your own peppermint mouthwash, here’s a recipe from BecomeGorgeous.com

¼ teaspoon of baking soda
2 ounces of water
1 drop of Tea Tree oil
1 drop of peppermint oil

Rinse it around your mouth to eradicate smells and clean the mouth.

If making your own mouthwash is not for you but you’d still like to experience the benefits of peppermint for your dental hygiene, you can get this bottle of Scope Outlast Mouthwash from Amazon.

Peppermint Oil For Respiratory Problems

Menthol, one of the main constituent parts of peppermint oil, is responsible for clearing and decongesting nasal passages and the respiratory tract. Menthol can provide temporary, but highly effective, relief from nasal congestion, sinusitis, cough and cold, asthma and bronchitis. Peppermint is often added to sauna and steam rooms so if you are struggling with respiratory problems get down to your local health club and take advantage of the cooling and uplifting scent of peppermint. Alternatively, apply a peppermint rub on your chest or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam.

Peppermint Oil For Stress & Anxiety

A study that appeared in a Korean medical journey in the Spring of 2004 found that applying a few drops of peppermint oil to the forehead and temples reduced physical and perceived symptoms of stress and anxiety. The research also found that a number of other essential oils are effective for minimizing stress and anxiety.

Peppermint Oil For Headaches

Similar to above, applying peppermint oil to the temples, forehead and back of the jaw helps to provide fast relief (under thirty minutes) for headaches and migraines. Put away your over the counter medication and give peppermint a go.

Peppermint Oil For Pain Relief

Research suggests that the scent of peppermint oil activates the limbic system of the brain which releases pain relieving neurotransmitters. Peppermint oil is not the most effective pain reliever, however. Read our article revealing the top seven essential oils for pain relief.

Peppermint Oil For Hair

Peppermint oil, when diluted with a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba oil, can have a number of benefits for our hair. First it cools the scalp, it gets rid of dandruff and kills head lice, it adds a beautiful fresh scent, it stimulates hair growth, balances the scalp pH reducing dry scalp and it adds shine to your hair.

Try this peppermint shampoo to experience the fantastic hair care benefits of peppermint.

Make sure peppermint oil is always diluted with a carrier oil before you apply it to your hair. Plus, if you’d like to discover ten more oils that are beneficial for our hair, then click the orange link.

Peppermint Oil For Skin

Peppermint oil can be an irritant to your skin, so test just a few drops on your arm before applying in larger quantities. If it irritates then dilute with a carrier oil.

Topical application stimulates blood flow which helps to lessen the appearance of red and blotchy skin and minimize the appearance of pimples. The menthol also helps to soothe and cool the skin.

Peppermint oil is found in a number of soaps and natural skin care products so try these products if you want to experience the benefits without direct topical application of the oil.

Precautions

Peppermint oil possess a number of fantastic uses for our health and beauty, but as with any essential oil you need to take certain precautions. For example: do not use if pregnant; do not use on children under seven; keep away from eyes and test in small quantities for irritation before using for topical applications (dilute with a carrier oil if irritations occur).

Where To Buy Peppermint Oil

If you want to take advantage of these fantastic benefits and uses for peppermint oil then you can buy a bottle in your local health store. Alternatively, you can buy a bottle (or a few) on Amazon.com

I personally recommend Edens Garden Peppermint Oil. It’s rated 5/5 stars from customer reviews on Amazon and is the best price.

Whichever brand you go for, peppermint oil is one of the most useful and versatile essential oils (it’s certainly one of the best smelling!) and can help you, or your loved ones, with a number of health and beauty concerns.

Want to read more? Here are some great posts from the archive…

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Comments

  1. Be sure you are using a high quality oil…not all oils can be used internally. Most are cut with many other substances and are not 100% user friendly,

  2. Peppermint EO also dries up a nursing mothers milk supply. I would not recommend taking it while BFing. And what PP said, use a 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils that have the nice FDA food label on it that says it is GRAS (generally regarded as safe). If your oil does not have the nutrition information on it do not take it internally.

  3. I use an aromatherapy spray made with peppermint oil to spritz around my room before teaching my students with learning problems. We call it “smart spray.” Research shows peppermint oil “wakes up the brain.”

  4. Peppermint oil, peppermint essential oil and peppermint tincture/extract are very different concentrations of peppermint. They can be easily confused. Peppermint essential oil is not recommended for ingestion, particularly for people that are on medications for diabetes and many other conditions as it can react/interact with quite a few medications. It can also dry up breast milk for those that are nursing. NOTE: There is no such thing as a ‘therapeutic grade’ essential oil, as there are no regulations to state the values expected out of the constituents.

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