Peppermint oil is prepared out of the Mentha piperita plant of the Labiatae family and has been in use since the primitive days of Greek civilization. It possesses several anti-microbial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and antibacterial properties. Peppermint oil is also rich in numerous nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, vitamin A and C, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
Peppermint Oil has an anti-spasmodic action which is used to treat cramps, pain, and abdominal distension associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Numerous research conducted has proven Peppermint Oil to be highly effective for gastroscopy, colonoscopy, and during double-contrast barium enema. In women, the multiple benefits of Peppermint Oil include; relief of menstrual cramps, regulating irregular menstrual cycles, and treatment of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in some cases.
The powerful antibacterial properties of Peppermint Oil are ideal for dental care and maintaining good oral hygiene. Peppermint Oil kills bacteria in the mouth thereby preventing bad breathe and gum disease. The menthol in Peppermint Oil is an expectorant that provides relief from various respiratory problems such as sinusitis, nasal congestion, cold, asthma, cough, and bronchitis.
Peppermint oil is replete with antiseptic properties that can help treat cuts, bites, burns, eczema, and other skin conditions. The menthol present in Peppermint Oil is extremely helpful in relieving inflammation in burns. Acne patients can also derive benefits and help from Peppermint Oil usage. Peppermint oil also soothes the pain caused by insect bites, rashes, and headaches.
Since Peppermint Oil is abundant in antioxidants, it boosts the immune system actively and fights off free radical attacks. Besides preventing cancer cells from growth, the high amount of vitamin C present in Peppermint Oil can also decrease the chances of colon cancer up to 40%. Being rich in antioxidants, Peppermint Oil also fights dandruff and treats lice on the scalp. Peppermint Oil application is known to promote healthy hair growth.
Peppermint Oil benefits and helps improve the functioning of the brain. The omega-3 fatty acids in Peppermint Oil provide the brain with the adequate fats required for smooth functioning. Peppermint Oil is found to be efficacious in improving memory and in preventing dementia.
Peppermint Oil is usually available in capsule form, bulk herbal oil, or soft gelatin capsules.
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