Five Uses of Peppermint Oil
by Evangelista Shelton
When you hear the word peppermint, the first image that comes to mind is more than likely that round piece of candy with red or green stripes. Peppermint however is a European herb that can be planted and found all over the world these days including the United States.
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Believe it or not, you more than likely consume peppermint in a variety of ways ranging from candy to chewing gum to toothpaste to mouthwash to sore throat medication. The peppermint plant which can be used to create the essential peppermint oil, has a number of uses that can benefit our health and care of self.
Improves the Immune System
Peppermint oil is known to have preventative and healing effects as its properties can help decrease the risk for illness because it boosts our immune system.
Peppermint contains the ingredient menthol which is commonly found in muscle rubs on the shelf. Added to your bath, peppermint oil can help soothe and relax otherwise tense muscles.
Peppermint Oil for Hair
Peppermint oil in hair can add shine, promote hair growth and tame frizziness. Do you suffer from dandruff? Peppermint oil can help rid you of this problem as well by helping to establish a healthy scalp. Just add a few drops to your shampoo bottle and change your regimen.
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Peppermint Oil for Skin and Lips
Is skin acne a problem for you? Peppermint oil is reported to possess properties that help to control the amount of oil secreted by the skin therefore helping to clear the skin. Chapped lips anyone? Remember that menthol ingredient that was mentioned earlier? It also has a soothing effect on chapped lips which is more than likely the reason for it being an active ingredient in chap sticks and lip glosses. It is the menthol that helps to deliver a cooling affect to parched lips.
Peppermint Oil for Intestinal Use
Peppermint oil can help to improve digestive issues that range from nausea to stomach aches and cramps to even relieving irritable bowel syndrome. The oil that is extracted from peppermint leaves helps to relax the muscles of the intestines and can help to decrease stomach pains.
Where to Find Peppermint Oil
You may be wondering how to find peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can be found in a variety of forms including peppermint oil capsules, peppermint leaves and/or oil. You can add peppermint oil to tea or water, add fresh peppermint leaves to cold water, or drink peppermint tea.
Side effects of Peppermint Oil
As with any herb or medicine, peppermint oil should be consumed with caution. It is important to note that peppermint oil is really strong and when used, it should be diluted with a carrier oil, else it can cause side effects. Some individuals have even reported allergic reactions to use of peppermint including hives, rashes, and asthma-like symptoms to name a few.
Nonetheless, the pros of using peppermint oil are there in present a nice alternative for those looking to try something different.