If one were to recommend an aromatic herb that is known for its versatile uses, peppermint oil would win hands down.
The botanical name of peppermint is mentha piperita. Extracted from the herb by steam distillation, the oil of peppermint is clear with a slight tinge of yellow. Its main constituent is menthol, which imparts the famous heady, minty aroma and the remarkable “cooling sensation,” when tasted or touched.
Peppermint oil comprises vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals including potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper. The numerous health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat several health problems.
Peppermint oil is said to cure indigestion. Use peppermint oil as a flavoring agent in food or add a few drops in a glass of warm water and drink it after your meal. Being carminative in nature, peppermint oil helps to dispel gas. It also eases stomach and bowel spasms and is the best antidote for an upset stomach.
Peppermint oil benefits the respiratory system. The menthol in peppermint oil helps to clear the respiratory tract. The oil of peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief during a regular bout of cold and cough, and the more serious sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis. Use peppermint oil as a cold rub on the chest or inhale it through a vaporizer and you will find that your nasal congestion has disappeared.
Peppermint oil is also used for relief from headaches. Inhaling a few drops of peppermint oil sprinkled on a handkerchief or dabbed on your wrist will remove a nagging headache. It also acts as a stressbuster.
Peppermint oil is used to treat stress and pain. After a long tiring day, soak yourself in a bath or shower after applying some drops of peppermint oil to your body. The refreshing properties of the oil will make you feel energized again. The cooling properties of peppermint oil benefit by removing pain. It can be applied topically.
Peppermint oil is used in hair and skin care. Peppermint blends well with other essential oils and is used in massages, steam bath, and mud packs. Peppermint oil is antiseptic in nature, and when massaged on the scalp, it helps to remove dandruff and lice in addition to its usual cooling effect. When applied on the skin, peppermint oil keeps pimples at bay and keeps the skin healthy and blemish-free. Add a drop or two of peppermint oil to your toothpaste and say goodbye to bad breath and toothaches.
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