The smell of peppermint brings back so many delicious memories, whether it be candy canes or mint chocolate chip ice cream. We really can’t think of one bad food associated with peppermint! Which is why we are downright thrilled to tell you that the oil of peppermint is so much more than its flavour. Modern research has found that offers an abundance of health and wellness benefits that you can take advantage of.
Here are 10 reasons to always have peppermint oil hand:
Because peppermint oil has a cool tingling feeling, it can feel heavenly on aching or tired muscles. And it’s not just a placebo effect either, research has shown that in addition to relaxing your muscles and reducing pain, it can increase oxygen flow to your brain! Next time you’re packing your gym bag, toss in some peppermint oil with your water bottle and towel.
Good news for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrom– a small amount of research shows that peppermint oil is a promising treatment! However, although peppermint oil might help with an upset stomach or digestive problems, it could possibly make your heartburn worse. It’s always a good idea to speak with your health professional before incorporating any new holistic herbs into your diet.
This might be the most obvious use of peppermint oil. Forget keeping a pack of gum in your pocket or purse, stash some peppermint oil and drop a bit on your tongue for a quick breath refresh or add it to your water for a cool minty taste. Plus, peppermint oil has been shown to improve oral hygiene and even fight cavities!
Peppermint oil has a cool and numbing effect when applied to the skin, which many people find calming. Applying peppermint oil to the forehead when you’re fighting a headache or feel a migraine coming on is an effective strategy for many people wanting to continue with their day. That being said, peppermint oil can irritate some people’s skin and it’s never recommended to apply to children’s bodies. If you’re someone whose skin is irritated with peppermint oils, there are peppermint sprays, supplements, and syrups available as an alternative to try but again it’s always best to consult with your health professional first!
Acne occurs for a variety of different reasons (possibly hormonal, environmental, stress, or diet) but some people who suffer from acne have found applying peppermint oil to the effective areas to be a fantastic home remedy. Because there is no one solution or cause for acne, it’s a good idea to speak with your dermatologist before incorporating it into your regular skincare routine.
Studies have shown that distilled concentrations of peppermint oil inhibit the growth of microorganisms including bacteria. Scientists have also found it to have antioxidants present. Which is likely why it is effective in helping with stomach aches and acne!
Those with itchy skin or suffering from bug bites can now stock up on peppermint oil as it’s shown to help alleviate skin itchiness, even in severe cases. One study looked at patients with itchy skin after suffering burns and found that skin irritations were reduced significantly.
We all suffer from brain fog every now and then. Many people swear that a drop of peppermint oil under the tongue or applied to the forehead helps them feel more focused and clear. Although there are no official studies to prove it does improve mental clarity, we can see how the strong tingling sensation on the skin or in your mouth can help you feel more alert!
Peppermint oil is often used as in aromatic oils, sprays, or in vapour rubs which some studies show help with respiratory problems such as asthma. Studies have also shown that it can help clear the nasal tract when you’re feeling plugged up from a cold or flu.
Because peppermint oil has been shown to help our bodies’ breathe a little easier, it makes sense that this could help our athletic performance as well. However, peppermint oil has been shown to be a possible resource for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
A recent study showed that people who sniffed peppermint oil regularly had less hunger cravings than those who didn’t. Experts believe that peppermint oil is a strong enough scent to serve as a distraction for those looking to cut their caloric intake or fight emotional eating.
If you’re thinking of adding more peppermint oil to your health routine, note that too much of it can cause muscle weakness and even brain damage! So use this powerful oil with caution and again speak with a health professional before giving it a try.
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