The therapeutic benefits of peppermint oil have been well documented down through history. Today, however, they are very often overlooked. Many people only ever think of peppermint as a breath-freshener — a flavor of chewing gum. But here are just 5 peppermint oil uses you’ll wonder why nobody ever told you about.
1. Headaches and Migraines
Rub peppermint essential oil on your temples, sinuses and forehead for fast and effective relief from bad headaches and migraines. You will discover that it has soothing and calming effects which can even dissipate those awful feelings of nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise.
2. Stomach Problems
Another one of the little known peppermint oil uses is that it has properties which help to expel gas from the stomach and intestines. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, improving how they work. So, this oil can reduce flatulence, and help with other related stomach problems.
3. Respiratory Issues
Check the active ingredients list of many natural chest rubs, and you will discover that peppermint essential oil is included in many. That’s because it is well known for it’s ability to provide effective relief from nasal congestion, sinusitis, and bronchial issues. The menthol content in peppermint oil helps to clear the respiratory tract. Plus, it also has expectorant characteristics which means it’s even helpful in dealing with common coughs and colds. You can either rub the oil on your chest, or inhale it using a vaporizer.
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4. Anxiety and Stress
The invigorating properties of peppermint oil are effective in easing anxiety and stress, and this has brought relief to people suffering from mental exhaustion and depression. So to alleviate stress, dab several drops of peppermint essential oil on your temples and joints and then take a rejuvenating bath. Steam from the bath will continue to release the oil’s properties, greatly reducing muscle aches and pains. You can also combine other oils with peppermint (try lavender).
5. Mental Alertness
If you find that you’re having difficulty focusing on tasks, try using peppermint oil in a vaporizer. Those who do this testify to an enhanced clarity of thinking; that it helps excite your brain’s ability to focus, and improves your mental agility. It’s also said to stimulate energy levels, particularly in the mid afternoon slump when mental alertness can tend to diminish.
Are you skeptical that the scent of peppermint essential oil can actually help ‘wake’ you up? Then think about what is so often put out in bowls at conferences and meetings … peppermints. Why? Because people have long eaten peppermint candies to help them stay alert. You might even try mixing peppermint oil in a glass of cold water to ‘wake’ you up without relying on caffeine and other stimulants that are not good to have too much of.
Peppermint oil has some truly wonderful therapeutic properties. Give it a try!
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