Peppermint essential oil is indeed a versatile wonder when it comes to dealing with various diseases and problems of the human body. The world market holds a great demand for the oil and hence it is greatly sought after.
The botanical name of peppermint is mentha piperita. Peppermint oil is derived by steam distillation from the peppermint plant, a cross between spearmint and water mint, which grows in North America and Europe. The oil is clear with a slight tinge of yellow coloring. Its main element is menthol, with its heady fresh, minty scent and the notable cooling sensation, when touched or tasted. There is evidence of the oil being used for thousands of years even in Egyptian tombs.
Being antiseptic in nature, peppermint oil massaged on the scalp helps to remove dandruff and head lice in addition to its usual soothing cooling effect.For relief from headaches, inhale a few drops of peppermint oil sprinkled onto a handkerchief or dabbed on your wrists.
Applied to your face, peppermint oil keeps pimples away making blemish free healthy skin.
Get rid of toothaches and bad breath when adding a couple drops of peppermint oil to your toothpaste. The oil has also been used in the treatment of gum disease.
The menthol in peppermint oil will help clear the respiratory tract. Acting as an expectorant it provides relief during a bout of coughs and colds, along with more serious asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. The oil has also been used for vertigo and fainting.
The cooling properties of peppermint oil benefit by removing muscle pain. It has also been used to treat -
- Aching feet
- Menstrual pain
Use peppermint oil for indigestion by adding a few drops in a glass of warm water and drinking it after your meal. The oil helps to ease bowel spasms, dispel gas, Cholera, irritable bowel syndrome, colic, morning sickness, diarrhea and nausea. As well as being the best antidote for an upset stomach.
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