Pepermint oil – What are methods of using pepermint oil in aromatherapy? What are the benefits?
Peppermint is one of the most well known herbs in the world. It is widely used as a flavoring agent in a number of products including chewing gums, toothpastes, mouth fresheners, and candies. What many people do not realize, however, is that peppermint also has many therapeutic properties. In fact, this essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy due to its many beneficial effects.
Peppermint oil is extracted from the Mentha piperita herb that belongs to the Labiatae family. It is pale yellow in color and has a characteristic fresh, sharp, menthol smell. The aroma of peppermint energizes the body and mind and helps to stimulate mental activity and improve concentration. It may also be used to ease common ailments such as migraines, headaches, sinus, congestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. Applying peppermint oil on the skin also helps to reduce redness, irritation, itchiness, and cools the skin.
Peppermint essential oil is also a powerful antiseptic. It is widely used in dental care. The fresh smell of peppermint not only keeps bad breath at bay, the oil also helps to keep your gums and teeth clean and free from germs. A dab of peppermint oil can also help to ease toothaches.
Peppermint oil is also very useful in easing digestive problems. In fact, a peppermint flavored moth fresheners are frequently eaten after meals, because they not only keep your mouth smelling fresh, but also aid in digestion. A few drops of peppermint oil added to a glass of water can also help to alleviate the discomfort associated with indigestion. Peppermint oil is also very useful for those suffering from gas or flatulence. It may also be used in combination with caraway oil as an effective remedy for heartburn.
Peppermint oil can be used in a diffuser to spread the aroma of the oil throughout your room or workspace. The refreshing aroma of peppermint helps to relieve stress and eases depression and exhaustion. It helps the mind and body cool down and is also effective in treating anxiety and restlessness.
Peppermint’s cooling properties can also be used to relieve fevers and body aches. A cold compress with drops of peppermint essential oil is an excellent and natural way to bring down fever. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your bath, or using peppermint based oils for an aromatherapy massage are also a good way to experience the benefits that this oil provides to your skin. Peppermint oil is especially effective in nourishing and improving the appearance of dull and oily skin