Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses. Hence it is often termed as the world’s oldest medicine.
Unlike many other herbs and essential oils, numerous health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proven by the scientific community. As a result, peppermint oil is also sold in the form of capsules and tablets.
Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including
- and copper.
It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to relieve
- respiratory problems,
- stomach and bowel spasms and pain.
Due to the presence of menthol, menthone and menthyl esters, peppermint and peppermint oil find wide applications in manufacture of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, chewing gum, tea and ice cream, & cigarettes- (which I hate to mention).
Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion. Often people put a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It is carminative and therefore helps in removing gas. Peppermint oil is a good tonic for those who have a low appetite. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach. Preliminary research has proved that peppermint oil in the combination of caraway oil can be used for easing heartburn.
Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches. Add a drop of peppermint oil to your toothbrush.
Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract. It is an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief in numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. As a result, it is used in numerous cold rubs. When these cold rubs are rubbed on the chest, they help the body remove nasal and respiratory congestion.
One more synergistic solution from a natural prolific plant that can help many compromising conditions.
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