The therapeutic effects of peppermint essential oil have been well known since ancient times. Even today peppermint oil is still being recognized as one of the most valuable herbal remedies that people can use in treating different health problems. Here are just some of the documented uses.
The cooling and soothing effect of peppermint essential oil has been proven effective for giving rapid relief from searing headaches and migraines. It can be rubbed on the temples, sinuses and forehead for quick relief. This oil also provides relief from vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to light or noise.
Peppermint essential oil contains properties that help induce the expulsion of gas from the intestines and stomach. This is what makes peppermint oil very helpful in treating flatulence and related stomach problems.
The oil relaxes the digestive muscles thereby improving their ability to function.
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most commonly used active ingredients in many natural chest rubs. It is known to be helpful for providing relief from sinusitis, nasal congestion and bronchitis. The menthol content of peppermint oil is helpful for clearing the respiratory tract.
It also has expectorant properties which make it very helpful for people affected with the common cough and cold.
The oil can either be rubbed on the chest or inhaled through a vaporizer. If you feel like your head is too stuffed up or you find it hard to stop coughing you may use peppermint oil for a steam treatment.
Stress and Anxiety
The refreshing effects of peppermint oil have been very helpful for providing relief from stress and anxiety. It is also known to work wonders for people experiencing mental exhaustion, restlessness and depression.
For relief from stress, apply some drops of peppermint oil onto your temples or various areas of your body before soaking yourself in a tub or in the shower. Peppermint essential oil can also be combined with lavender oil and used in a warm bath to help relieve stiffness. Its cooling properties will also greatly reduce muscle pains and aches.
If you find yourself having trouble focusing on a demanding task, place this oil in a diffuser to help stimulate your brain’s ability to focus while improving your mental agility. This oil can also help raise your energy levels especially during mid afternoons when your mental alertness may start to decline.
The energizing scent of peppermint essential oil will help ‘wake’ you up and give you a feeling of alertness and mental clarity.
Have you noticed how people will eat peppermints to help them stay awake and alert? You can even mix peppermint oil in a glass of cold water to ‘wake’ you up which is very helpful if you are avoiding coffee.
Peppermint oil has some truly therapeutic properties to go with its beautifully refreshing smell. It is a pleasure to use and an easy inclusion in any aromatherapy program.
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