What is Peppermint Oil?It is such a shame that little is known about the genius who thought of making a hybrid out of spearmint and water mint, because what a result! The health benefits of peppermint are documented as far back as 1000 by (so old, yet still so cool). This perennial herb which is native to the Mediterranean has bright green, lance-shaped leaves, with lilac or pink-colored flowers, is one of the oldest medicinal herbs in the world. The only thing better than peppermint, medicinally, is naturally, and could only be its essential oil. Peppermint oil is extracted by steam distillation of the herb's leaves, and its health benefits are no secret.
PropertiesPeppermint oil is a mobile liquid, usually with a bright olive color or occasionally pale yellow, with a fresh, breezy, cooling minty aroma. Its main constituents are menthol, menthone, carvone, Linalool, pinenes, limonene, and cineol, among others. The goodness of peppermint oil ranges from just a dab on the forehead for relief from headaches to a topical application for healthy skin and hair. The oil has antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, febrifuge, expectorant, analgesic, stimulant, and tonic properties (just to name a few!!). Let's check out a few of its benefits (a complete list will take ages)
- Should be kept out of the reach of children due to its toxicity when undiluted.
- People with sensitive skin should do a skin test before proceeding to use the oil.
- Pregnant women are generally advised to confer with their physician before using the oil.
Mr./Ms. coolPeppermint oil has been proven to be a more effective active agent than chlorhexidine when it comes to oral health. It is more effective in preventing cavities and bad breath. Peppermint oil also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that will keep your mouth infection free, leaving you with the confidence of an always fresh and inviting mouth. You'll feel like a dentist.
Cool skinA mix of antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties means peppermint oil will leave your skin feeling like a million bucks! With deep clean pores, and a strong barrier against infections (think acne, ringworms, eczema etc.), your skin will be left clear, smooth and with a blast of freshness to make you feel way too good in it. Peppermint oil is also suitable for the oily or greasy skin as it is known to balance oil secretion, leaving your skin evenly textured.
So fresh hairBring a wave of freshness to your hair while giving it a proper treatment with the antiseptic, antioxidant and regenerative properties of peppermint oil. The oil further has astringent properties that will strengthen hair follicles and tighten your scalp.
Improves respiratory systemPeppermint oil is a powerful expectorant and decongestant. It clears up the chest and respiratory ways. Leaving you fresh and comfortable inside. The oil clears up phlegm and mucus deposited in the respiratory tract when you have colds or flu.
Sweet reliefPacked with analgesic properties, peppermint oil will soothe and relieve you from sore and painful muscles, headaches, and aching joints.
Stomach easePeppermint oil is antispasmodic and is effective in reducing colonic spasms and abdominal pain.
- Peppermint oil, for all its goodness, can have negative effects on sleep cycles if used in high amounts and daily.
- Overdose use of peppermint oil could cause adverse reactions such as vomiting, convulsions, skin rashes, abdominal pain, and even unconsciousness.
- Peppermint oil is known to cause gallbladder inflammation and so should not be used by people with gallbladder problems.