Peppermint Essential Oil – Digestion Catalyst

Peppermint essential oil is one wonderful natural therapeutic oils that is kpown world over for its various benefits for the digestive system. The oil is very strong and heals wounds too. It is an amazing antiseptic.

Peppermint is well known for its benefits for the digestive system. It has been used to help relieve nausea and an upset stomach. It has been shown to help in cases of food poisoning, motion and travel sickness. This oil stimulates the liver and gall bladder to release bile (supporting digestive activity) and also inhibits muscle spasms in the intestines.

When looking for an essential oil to help with respiratory issues such as sinus congestion or colds and flu, Peppermint essential oil can readily assist. It is a mild expectorant and can also help with some types of asthma.

Peppermint is a wonderful essential oil to use for relieving painful muscles and joints. When added to a blend, it is especially beneficial with cooling any “hot” areas. This is due to the chemical constituent of menthol. Menthol produces a sensation of coolness which the body then increases blood flow to the area of application, thus creating a warming effect. It can also be used in small dilutions to cool “hot”, itchy skin issues.

This essential oil is wonderful for relief of migraines headaches…especially ones that are related to digestive problems. It has also been studied for its effectiveness in increasing concentration, focus and mental sharpness.

Peppermint is native to Southern Europe and was introduced into North America in the 19th century. Peppermint is now cultivated worldwide and is found in -

  • China
  • Japan
  • Europe
  • The USA

It’s a perennial herb of up to three feet in height. Peppermint has aromatic dark green leaves and tall spikes of purple colored flowers. Peppermint essential oil has a fresh, minty aroma and is obtained from the steam distillation of the fresh, flowering herb.

It has underground runners by which it easily propagates. This herb has many species, and peppermint piperita is a hybrid of watermint (M. aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata). It has been cultivated since ancient times in Japan and China. Evidence of use was found in Egypt in a tomb dating back from 1000 BC.

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