Peppermint Oil And Aromatherapy

Peppermint Oil is great in terms of its various healing properties. In ancient times, peppermint used to be applied to open, fresh cuts and wounds, undoubtedly it used to burn a lot but it had the qualitiy of healing the fresh wounds, the fastest.

Peppermint essential oil is considered by aromatherapists as one of the more indispensable essential oils. The oil should be a part of every traveler’s first aid kit – it can work wonders for motion sickness and general nausea for some people. It is often taken internally for this; whereas ginger oil can be diluted and rubbed into the abdomen. Medical research has found Peppermint oil to be effective for irritable bowel syndrome (peppermint should be taken in enterically coated capsules). Further, French literature suggests Peppermint for asthma due to its liver strengthening and regenerating properties.

Peppermint oil is steam distilled from the partially dried tops of the plants. Growers will harvest just before the herb goes to flower to bring out the best of the oil’s aroma. When allowed to mature further, the quality of the resulting oil may suffer, with a sharper, less-sweet and complex aroma.

The main constituent of peppermint is menthol, a potent chemical unto itself which causes a quick physical response when inhaled or applied the the skin. Menthol produces a sensation of coolness which the body reacts to by producing its own warming effect, with as blood flowing to the area of application. This physical sensation is responsible for peppermint’s long history of use as medicine.

Today menthol is often found in sports creams and chest rubs, such as the well-known ‘Halls Mentholyptus’ cough drops – the oil is excellent for opening the sinus passages, though should be used with caution in this respect. Even a small amount of the oil coming into direct contact with the delicate membranes inside the nasal passages can result in a temporary burning sensation.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, peppermint oil is relatively safe for most people, but can cause heartburn and allergic responses in others. As explained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, symptoms of peppermint allergy include closed throat, breathing issues, skin rashes and hives. Peppermint oil poisoning is due to accidental overdose of the oil’s menthol ingredient. Symptoms include breathing problems, digestive issues such as -

  • nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • flushing of the skin (this is not a complete list). Individuals experiencing such symptoms after ingesting peppermint oil should seek medical treatment.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Peppermint Oil by Organic Facts
  2. Peppermint Oil Uses by Education
  3. Peppermint Oil For Migraines by ehow

The Many Things About Peppermint Oil

Peppermint essential oil is an amzing natural oil whose qualities have distinguished it as an oil altogethre. It is highly cooling and calming in nature and has a lot of therapeutic qualities because of which it is highly sought after all over the world.

This isn’t a guide for how to make peppermint oil but an informational piece to let you know that it is possible. All you need to do is grow plenty of peppermint, choose a carrier oil; such as wheat germ or grape seed, a jar with a lid and a mallet. You may want to do further research on how to make peppermint oil and look at the pros and cons before deciding that this would be beneficial for you. There can be some cost savings involve but you also need to look at the time it takes to make it on your own.

The versatile properties of peppermint oil make it beneficial to both dry and oily hair and scalp. It can maintain the balance of PH levels of the scalp. Its moisturizing and stimulating properties can make restore life to a dry hair while its tightening and cooling effects can make oily hair less greasy overtime. It can also remove dandruff and other problems alike. In essence, it can improve the overall quality of hair and scalp.

  • Indigestion: Often people put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach (Perfect for people who travel a lot, with all modes of transport)
  • Dental Care: Due to its antiseptic properties, it’s useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs (The reason why most toothpastes are minty)
  • Respiratory Problems: Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract.
  • Nausea and Headache: It is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache (My favorite way to use it!)
  • Stress: Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Pain Relief
  • Immune System: Increases your immunity to diseases and therefore helps you in preventing a number of diseases.
  • Hair Care: Very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice. (Place a couple of drops in either your shampoo or conditioner)

Go through our reference links now -

  1. Peppermint Oil by Organic Facts
  2. Peppermint Oil Uses by Education
  3. Peppermint Oil For Migraines by ehow