Last updated on January 6th, 2016 at 10:13 pm
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat headache, nausea, stomach and bowel spasms, respiratory problems, indigestion, and fever. Due to the presence of menthone, menthol and menthyl esters, peppermint oil finds wide applications in the manufacturing of ice cream, tea, chewing gum, toothpaste, cigarettes, shampoo and soap.
Unlike many other essential oils and herbs, many health benefits of peppermint oil have been studied and proved by scientists. As a result, peppermint oil is also sold in the form of tablets as well as capsules, and is even prescribed by doctors of modern and alternative medicine. Without further due, here are a 7 health benefits of peppermint oil.
As an aid for digestion, peppermint oil is very helpful. It is recommended that you put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after your meal for its beneficial digestive properties. Peppermint oil is carminative and for that reason helps in removing excess gas. In addition, it is also a good tonic for people who have a low appetite, and it helps treating upset stomach, nausea and motion sickness.
Due to its antiseptic properties, peppermint oil is very useful in dental care. Peppermint oil eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. Therefore, these attributes mean that peppermint oil is add to many toothpastes, and it’s also been shown to be useful in the treatment of toothaches.
Nausea and headache
Peppermint oil is great home remedy for headaches as well as nausea. In order to quickly alleviate the pain of a headache, just apply it in a diluted form directly on your forehead. Inhaling it can eliminate the effects of motion sickness and nausea, just because of its soothing and relaxing effects.
Peppermint is able to provide relief from mental exhaustion, depression and stress, due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against restlessness and anxiety. In addition, it clears mind, stimulates mental activity, and increases focus on cognitive tasks.
Menthol, which is present in peppermint oil, helps to clear the respiratory tract. It’s also an effective expectorant and for that reason provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief for many respiratory problems, such as sinusitis, nasal congestion, bronchitis, asthma, cough and cold. As a result, peppermint oil is used in many cold rubs as well as balms. When cold rubs are applied to the chest, they can remove respiratory congestion.
Peppermint oil can increase immunity to many diseases and is commonly employed by people with weak immune systems or who seem to suffer from illnesses. It is also known to have powerful antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral effects, which is why it’s used in many alternative treatments.
Peppermint oil’s stimulating effects have been shown to increase blood circulation. Many studies have shown that there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation, as soon as the essential oil vapor touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings. The stimulating effect of increased blood circulation helps to oxygenate the brain and the body’s organs and increase metabolism. This leads to protection against neural degenerative diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.