Peppermint essential oil gives one a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles.
Peppermint is an herb hybrid species of spearmint and water mint. The essential oils from this mint are gathered by steam distillation of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant. Clinically speaking, peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon because of it ability to reduce muscle spasms. It’s not only one of the oldest herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Chinese and Japanese medicine.
Peppermint Oil Benefits
- Reduces stomach aches
- Soothes digestive issues
- Freshens bad breath
- Relieves headaches
- Improves mental focus
- Clears respiratory tract (from symptoms)
- Boosts energy
- Soothes tight muscles
Peppermint Oil Uses
- Sinus Care – Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can sometimes clear your sinuses and offer temporary relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide temporary relief to colds, cough, and asthma.
- Joint Therapy – When your joints start to ache, applying some peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil can cool muscles like an ice bath, but help you to stay warm and dry.
- Reduce Hunger Cravings – Inhale peppermint to hold-off on the munchies. If you can’t have a diffuser with you at dinnertime, try applying some to your temples right before you eat.
- Anti-Itch – Whether you’re battling a rash or poison ivy, applying some cool peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil can help to cool and soothe any itch.
- Bug Repellant – Repel bugs without the need of spraying all those synthetic chemicals on your skin. Peppermint oil repels ticks, ants, spiders, mosquitos, cockroaches, etc.!