Constituents: menthol, menthone, 1,8-cineole, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate and pulegone.
Peppermint has long been used as medicine since ancient time. It holds the prestigious title as the world’s oldest medicine. Due to the presence of menthol, menthone and menthyl esters in peppermint, it is effective in treating indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as for pain relief.
Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat:
One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion asithas a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension). Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea. Inhaling peppermint oil is also said to help curb the appetite by triggering a sense of fullness.
Menthol provides effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cold and cough. It is often included as an ingredient in natural chest rubs to help with congestion.
Like many other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against feeling anxious and restless.
Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, while removing dandruff and lice. Peppermint oil has antiseptic, regenerative, and stimulating effects, which means that it can relieve the scalp of irritation and dry skin, stimulate hair growth for those suffering from baldness, and give relatively healthy hair a shiny, fresh look. It works well for your skin too. Peppermint nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily or greasy skin. Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil onto your hair shampoo when showering.
Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is very useful in dental care. It also eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. You most probably will find peppermint as one of the ingredients in your toothpaste. For better effect, add a drop of peppermint essential oil onto your toothbrush when brushing your teeth.
The stimulating effects of peppermint oil have been shown to increase blood circulation. Studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil vapor touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation. The stimulating effect of increased blood circulation helps to oxygenate the body’s organs and increase metabolism, as well as oxygenate the brain. This leads to higher cognitive function and protection against neurally degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Furthermore, increased blood circulation can prevent diabetic patients from complications they are already at risk of due to their glucose level imbalances.