Peppermint Essential Oil Uses & Benefits
Uses And Benefits Of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil, commonly referred to as Peppermint Oil belongs to the mint family along with Spearmint, Water Mint and Forest Mint.
The many Peppermint Oil benefits were first seen in Ancient Egypt, in fact dried peppermint leaves were found inside the tombs within the Pyramids of Giza. The extremely versatile benefits of Peppermint Oil have also made it well known in Chinese and Japanese folk medicine practices. But it does not stop there, the uses and benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil are also mentioned in Greek mythology, specifically in the story of Nymph Mentha.
What Is Peppermint Essential Oil?
Belonging to the mint family, Peppermint Essential Oil is a natural hybrid of Water Mint and Spearmint. Initially extracted from the peppermint herb through steam distillation, Peppermint Oil is known to be one of the most popular essential oils, alongside Lavender Oil of course!
Benefits Of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil has a unique chemical makeup consisting of Menthol, Menthone, 1,8-Cineole, Menthyl Acetate, Menthofuran, Isomenthone, Isopulegol, Pulegone, Isovalerate Pinene and Limonene. These unique Peppermint Oil properties are what makes the benefits of Peppermint Oil so versatile.
Whilst these benefits of Peppermint Oil can be seen in almost all aspects of life, here are a few common Peppermint Oil benefits:
- From a health and wellness perspective, the benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil are known to assist in treating fevers, hormonal imbalances, muscle spasms, congestion, nausea, bacterial infections and flatulence.
- In aromatherapy, Peppermint Essential Oil is known to reduce nervous tension and irritability. In addition, Peppermint Essential Oil is also a natural stimulate and therefore assists with boosting energy and enhancing mental focus.
- There are also many Peppermint Oil benefits in skincare, particularly when it comes to cleansing, calming redness (such as sunburn), irritation and inflammation.
- Because of its menthol content Peppermint Essential Oil contains natural analgesic properties, therefore the benefits of Peppermint Oil can be seen when treating headaches, inflammation and muscle and joint pain.
- In addition, the menthone content in Peppermint Oil is believed to show antiseptic activity, making it an effective essential oil for cleaning.
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil
There are many Peppermint Essential Oil benefits that can be achieved through different Peppermint Oil uses. For those wondering how to use Peppermint Essential Oil, here are a few tips and tricks!
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil for Aromatherapy?
- To receive the aromatic benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil try adding a few drops to your aromatherapy diffuser. For those who don’t own an aromatherapy diffuser, try adding a drop or two to a cotton ball or tissue and inhale.
- You can also dilute your Peppermint Essential Oil in a warm bath. This is a great way to receive the Peppermint Oil benefits that are known to ease headaches, muscle spasms, inflammation and muscle and joint pain.
- The benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil can also be received when diluting your Peppermint Oil in a carrier oil and applying to the forehead, chest and behind the ears. For those wanting to ease headaches, tension and congestion, this is a great way to use Peppermint Essential Oil.
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil On The Skin (Applying Topically)
- Because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Peppermint Essential Oil makes an effective natural cleanser. To receive these Peppermint Oil benefits, try diluting a few drops in your favourite carrier oil or moisturizer and apply to the affected area.
- Peppermint Essential Oil is also known to have a cooling effect and because of this, there are various Peppermint Oil uses that assist in treating inflammation, irritation and redness. To experience these benefits of Peppermint Oil dilute it in a carrier oil and apply topically. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a warm bath.
Popular Uses and Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil For The Health & Wellbeing
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil for Health and Wellbeing?
Peppermint Essential Oil for Headaches
- Because of its natural menthol content, Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the most common essential oils for headaches and migraines.
- This is because the naturally occurring chemicals found within Peppermint Oil have an antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and decongesting effect.
- You can experience these Peppermint Oil benefits through inhalation (diffusing) or topical application (diluting and applying to the temples, chest, soles of the feet and behind the ears).
Peppermint Essential Oil for Energy
- Peppermint Essential Oil is known to have a stimulating effect on the central nervous system. Therefore, there are many Peppermint Essential Oil uses that are beneficial in alleviating mental fatigue, brain fog and tiredness.
- These benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil are most commonly received when inhaled.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Pain and Inflammation
- Because of these antispasmodic properties, there are many Peppermint Oil benefits that help in promoting relaxation and easing muscle and joint pain.
- In fact, through various scientific studies Peppermint Essential Oil has been seen to increase the pain threshold in humans.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Nausea
- There are various Peppermint Essential Oil benefits that assist in easing feelings of nausea. The antispasmodic properties within Peppermint Oil are known to relax the gastric muscles which has a significant antiemetic (nausea preventing) effect.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Coughs, Colds and Flus
- Traditionally, the many Peppermint Essential Oil benefits were used to treat cardiovascular and respiratory related illnesses. From a health perspective, such Peppermint Oil benefits are known to lower the heart rate and systolic pressure (the pressure of the blood in the arteries when blood pumps).
- There are also many benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil when treating respiratory related illnesses, particularly coughs. Through inhalation, Peppermint Oil increases air flow in the nasal passages to provide more air to the lungs, therefore enabling better lung function.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Sinus
- It has been said that there are many Peppermint Essential Oil benefits for those who suffer from sinus.
- This is because the menthol content within Peppermint Oil is known to improve nasal breathing. You can receive these benefits through inhalation.
Peppermint Essential Oil For Beauty & Self Care
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil For Beauty and Self Care?
Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth
- When it comes to haircare, various Peppermint Essential Oil benefits have been known to reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
- This is because the menthol content within Peppermint Oil works to widen blood vessels which in turn, increases blood flow.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Skin
- Because of its antiseptic and antibiotic properties, Peppermint Oil naturally cleanses the skin.
- The benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil are also known to sooth irritation, inflammation and redness and this is because of its natural ‘cooling’ effect. When diluted and applied topically, Peppermint Oil dilates blood vessels which has a ‘cooling’ and ‘analgesic’ (pain relieving) effect.
- For this reason, there are many Peppermint Oil uses that are known to ease sunburn and other skin complaints.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Acne
- These antiseptic, antibiotic and analgesic properties also make Peppermint Essential Oil beneficial for treating acne.
Peppermint Essential Oil For Cleaning
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil for Cleaning?
Peppermint Essential Oil for Cleaning
- The antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial properties within Peppermint Essential Oil work together to disinfect floors and surfaces.
- The fresh, cooling and reviving aromas of Peppermint Essential Oil also makes it an effective deodoriser.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Insects and Pests
- The aroma of Peppermint Oil is known to deter pests that are commonly found around the house (spiders, mice, ants and other insects).
- Peppermint Essential Oil can also be used to make a natural insect repellent. This is because most insects, bugs and rodents find the smell of peppermint unbearable.
Where To Buy Peppermint Essential Oil
For those wondering where to buy Peppermint Essential Oil, it is generally available at various health and wellness stores. However, it is important to remember that the quality and purity of your Peppermint Essential Oil will depend on where you decide to purchase it.
Unfortunately, the essential oils industry is not as regulated as we believe it should be, it can therefore be difficult to determine the quality and purity of oils. That is why we recommend finding a reputable supplier.
Here at AWO, we offer a few different variations of 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil. We also supply Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. To view our range simply click below!
What Customers Are Saying About Peppermint Essential Oil
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Peppermint Essential Oil Safety
- Whilst Peppermint Essential Oil is derived from the herb, herbal products carry the potential for contamination and can in some circumstances initiate allergic reactions.
- Peppermint Oil is also extremely concentrated and the safety of this essential oil depends on several factors, such as: age, existing health conditions, medication and how the oils are being used. For this reason, we never recommend ingesting essential oils. Because of its potency, Peppermint Oil should not be used internally or near the face of infants and young children.
- When applied topically, Peppermint Essential Oil has the potential to cause skin sensitivity and for this reason we recommend diluting well before applying.
- It has also been said that Peppermint Essential Oil can trigger menstruation and should therefore be avoided during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.
Is Peppermint Oil Safe for Dogs?
Dogs and cats have much stronger senses than humans and because essential oils are so concentrated, some oils are toxic to pets. In various circumstances, Peppermint Essential Oil has caused dogs to seizure and vomit, therefore it is best to avoid using around pets.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.