Peppermint essential oil is a pretty old natural oil that has many qualities and hence has been used by our ancestors extensively. The oil has an interesting history to it. All its users are absolute crusaders of this oil.
According to Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was hotly pursued by Pluto, whose jealous wife Persephone, trod her ferociously into the ground, whereupon Pluto then turned her into a herb, knowing that people would appreciate her for years to come.
Peppermint has played an important role in the American tradition. While the Native Americans were using it even before the arrival of the European settlers, the early colonists brought this prized herb with them from the Old World since they had long honored it for its therapeutic properties, as well as for the delicious hot tea beverage made from its leaves.
On the skin, Peppermint Oil is used to relieve skin irritation caused by a number of ailments. Applying it in a 20% strength solution to skin can relieve symptoms of hives, poison ivy and poison oak. It is used for dermatitis, acne, ringworm, scabies and pruritus and also relieves -
- Sunburn and inflammation of the skin
- Cooling effect
Peppermint Oil’s antibacterial properties helps to alleviate athlete’s foot when mixed with a base oil or aloe vera. If you suffer from a cold sore, using Peppermint Oil repeatedly on the spot can help to clear it up. Using Peppermint soaps on a regular basis will allow you to benefit from the antiseptic qualities that help prevent bacterial and skin infections. You may also apply diluted Peppermint Oil to the forehead and temples to help relieve a headache.
Peppermint is good for digestion and people often take Peppermint capsules to cope with indigestion. The carminative property in Peppermint helps to remove gas and is also a good tonic for those with a poor appetite. Peppermint is recommended for those who have motion sickness or an upset stomach. Some people believe that a combination of Caraway Oil with Peppermint can treat heartburn.
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