Peppermint has a long history of cultivation and has been used in cooking and herbal medicine since about 1500 BC. Until 1696, peppermint was not classified as its own subspecies, but most historians believe it is reasonable to assume that the mint mentioned in many historical texts is peppermint. Biblical mention of this herb states that mint was included among the valuable herbs with which they paid taxes. It is also speculated that mint was one of the bitter herbs that was served at The Last Supper.
Peppermint has been used for centuries to treat stomach upset and headaches. It has been used as a facial toner and as both a sexual stimulant and a sexual depressant. The most prominent beneficial ingredient in peppermint is menthol, but it also contains smaller amounts of menthone, cineol, rosmarinic acid, and limonene. Some new research confirms many health benefits of its use, including as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.
An early important note: The menthol in peppermint essential oil is very strong and may be irritating if used in large quantities without dilution. Start with just 1-2 drops and see and feel how it works. You can always add more. And keep away from rubbing your eyes with Peppermint oil on your hands.
Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world along with lavender.
Literally, there are few body, health, and mind issues that it cannot help.
Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically.
It also has been shown scientifically to have antimicrobial properties, so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues.
Peppermint is a – Natural Energizer –For a non-toxic alternative to dangerous energy drinks, take a few whiffs of peppermint. It will perk you up on long road trips, in school or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.”
Muscle Pain Reliever – Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles
One wonders if there isn’t anything that Peppermint Essential doesn’t do.
Allergy Relief –Peppermint oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages and can help clear out the muck and pollen during allergy season. Diffusing peppermint along with clove oil and eucalyptus oil can also reduce allergy symptoms.
Fever Reducer –Because of peppermint oil’s cooling effects, it is an excellent natural treatment to bring down a fever especially in children. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on a child’s neck and on the bottom of their feet to help stabilize a fever instead of aspirin or other drugs.
Headache Cure -Peppermint oil has the ability to improve circulation, heal the gut and relax tense muscles. All of these conditions can cause tension headaches or migraines making peppermint oil an excellent natural treatment. A study from researchers at the Neurological Clinic at the University of Kiel, Germany, found that a combination of oils, including peppermint oil had “significant analgesic effect with a reduction in sensitivity to headaches.”
Blood circulation -The stimulating effects of peppermint oil have been shown to increase blood circulation. Studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil vapor touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation. The stimulating effect of increased blood circulation helps to oxygenate the body’s organs and increase metabolism, as well as oxygenate the brain.
FUN FACTS about Peppermint and its oil:
- Peppermint oil is produced by specialized cells on the underside of the leaves.
- The best time to harvest and collect the oil is on a sunny day as flowering is just beginning. This is when menthol is at its peak.
- Peppermint plants grow to be 18 – 36 inches tall and about 24 inches wide.
- The US produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint supply.
- Peppermint is the most extensively used volatile oil, both commercially and medicinally.
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