Peppermint essential oil is one highly pungent natural hersb and is used for many purposes. It is so effective that the smell of it alone can do wonders in certain chronic skin allery cases. It is very strong in nature and should be applied carefully.
Peppermint is a hybrid perennial plant that is a cross between watermint and spearmint. In addition to its minty scent, Peppermint has a great deal of nutritional value. For example, it contains minerals, vitamins and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, and vitamins A, B2 and C. It also contains a high menthol content, which explains why it has been used by humans for medicinal and flavouring purposes for thousands of years. Many other products also use peppermint for its minty scent, such as soaps, moisturizers, shampoos and shower gels.
Studies have shown that Peppermint can help with a number of health conditions. It is known to have many properties namely -
Therefore, it has been found beneficial in the treatment of many conditions including colds, flu, sinusitis, dry cough, fever with chills, nausea, digestive problems, Irritable Bowel Movement (IBS), menstrual cramps, muscular pains and aches, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, itchy, oily and irritated skin, dandruff, head lice, burns, insect bites, headache, stress, mood swings and emotional imbalance.
Peppermint is known to balance the PH levels of the skin which may help balance the production of excessive oils of the skin. Also the astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory activity of Peppermint may help diminish the appearance of acne, black heads, rashes and redness. Simply mix 2 drops of Peppermint Oil into your regular face wash every morning and at night. One drop of the oil can also be mixed into a moisturizer and applied onto the affected area overnight for acne or skin rashes.
Peppermint is known to be a natural insect repellent. Therefore, applying Peppermint Oil thoroughly into the hair for about 30 minutes before taking a shower may help get rid of head lice. This should be repeated three times a week. If you experience any skin irritation, you can try diluting the Peppermint oil with a small amount of olive oil. To get rid of nits (lice eggs), use a very fine wooden comb twice daily especially right after taking a shower.
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