Peppermint essential oil can be extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and is used for a variety of different purposes. Here are five of the benefits of using peppermint oil.
Headache relief & Muscle pain – Peppermint oil when applied tropically is proven to help with relieving headaches and relaxing muscles. Next time you feel a headache coming rub a bit of peppermint oil on your temple and forehead.
Helps with IBS & Digestive issues – Researchers found that peppermint oil can greatly help those suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other digestive problems. Peppermint oil can act as an anti-inflammatory and helps smooth muscles. Researchers of 12 trials examined the efficacy of peppermint oil capsules when compared to placebo in treating IBS. Researchers found that treatment with peppermint oil improved abdominal pain and other symptoms of IBS.
Helps with Nausea – Recently researchers found that patients rated their level of nausea as lower after inhaling peppermint oil. Some also believe that aromatherapy oils like peppermint can help pregnant women suffering from nausea and vomiting.
Helps with pain relief - Wintergreen oil and menthol have been used to treat pain from tension headaches, migraine headaches, and other causes.
One small study looked at the topical application of a 10 percent menthol solution for migraine treatment. They found that when applied to the forehead and temples, participants had a longer duration of pain relief and less nausea and light sensitivity compared to placebo.
Another study investigated the use of a treatment gel for migraines. The gel contained menthol as one of its components and was applied to the skin when a migraine began. Researchers found that there was a significant improvement by at least one severity level two hours after application.
A recent study examined the effect of peppermint oil tablets on people with difficulty swallowing and non-cardiac chest pain. Over half of the participants reported an improvement in their symptoms.
Skin & Hair Benefits – Peppermint oil is said to improve blood circulation in the scalp with can lead to faster hair growth. Researchers have also found that peppermint oil helps with itching and regular use can lead to improved health of one’s overall hair and skin
Peppermint oil has many benefits. We will all have different results as everyone is different and we all react to things differently. It’s about finding what works best for you.
Tell us in the comments below what other essential oils you use and their benefits.