There are numerous health benefits of peppermint oil. Here are 5 reasons that you should keep a bottle of peppermint oil on your shelf at home:
1. Digestive aid
Peppermint oil is a beneficial digestive aid. A few drops of peppermint oil mixed in a glass of water or diluted and massaged directly onto the abdomen can help to:
- remove excess gas
- treat motion sickness, nausea, and upset stomach
- relax the smooth muscles of the GI tract for better digestion
- relieve the pressure of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Peppermint oil can be used externally to provide relief from pain due to its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. To treat an injury, topically apply diluted peppermint oil to the area to reduce swelling. To alleviate headache pain or fever, apply in a diluted form directly on the forehead and temples.
Menthol, which is abundantly present in peppermint oil, helps to:
clear the respiratory tract
provide relief for nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough
freshen the air
Simply rub a few drops into your palms and inhale, add to a diffuser or use as an ingredient in a balm to rub on your chest to breathe in.
Peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression, and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness. Use it in a diffuser or 1-2 couple drops on your palms for inhalation.
Increased mental acuity
Stimulating mental activity, clearing the mind, assisting with focus and boosting cognition are some other benefits of peppermint. Simply apply 1-2 drops into your hands and inhale or add to a diffuser.
Note: Some risks in using too much peppermint oil include allergic reactions, heartburn, and headaches. As with any alternative supplement, start with small doses to see how your body reacts. With peppermint oil it is advised that you dilute it with another oil e.g. coconut oil and do a small topical skin patch test before beginning any treatment. If any serious complications occur please seek professional medical attention.