10 Benefits of Peppermint Oil
Since its discovery, peppermint oil has been used to treat anything from the common cold to aid digestion. From the Ancient Greeks to the Egyptians, peppermint oil has been a staple of everyday life and valued for its aromatic, fresh and minty scent.
A cultivated hybrid between spearmint and watermint, the peppermint herb is a native English plant that is now grown worldwide. The oil itself is produced from the herb’s leaves to make the versatile essential oil we’ve all come to treasure.
Peppermint oil has many life-enhancing benefits. Read on to see why we think it should be part of your essential oils kit:
Sore throat relief
A natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, decongestant and antiviral, it simply makes sense to use peppermint oil to combat a sore throat or cold. Adding a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil to a glass of warm water, with a pinch of salt makes an excellent mixture to gargle. Doing this once or twice a day will relieve inflammation in your throat and kill unwanted bacteria.
Can help digestion
When nothing else will help your twisting stomach cramps, feelings of nausea or indigestion, adding one to two drops of peppermint oil to a healthy dollop of coconut or argan oil makes a refreshing massage. Apply in a circular motion over the affected area for best results.
To help combat nausea, you can also try the vaporisation method through a diffuser. By inhaling peppermint oil, any feelings of nausea will soon subside.
Encourages clear skin
One of nature’s miracles, peppermint oil does wonders for your skin. With its ability to cleanse and rejuvenate your skin cells, you will have a brighter, glowing complexion in no time.
If used correctly, peppermint oil’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties can soothe irritation and inflammation caused by the likes of acne. As an antimicrobial, peppermint oil can also reduce the amount of pimple-boosting bacteria that builds up in the pores of your skin.
Combining up to five drops of peppermint oil with two tablespoons of olive oil will create an effective restorative facial scrub. Add two tablespoons of Himalayan rock salt for extra oomph.
Great for your hair!
To give your regular haircare routine extra zing, adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo will give your hair and scalp an energising boost. Peppermint oil targets your dry and itchy scalp, as well as strengthening hair roots.
A natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it will also combat the buildup of dandruff. If that’s not enough, peppermint oil can also stimulate hair follicles and increase blood circulation, promoting hair growth. For those with children, this multitalented, menthol-smelling oil can also be used to treat lice!
Relying on pain relief medication is normally our natural go-to when dealing with a headache, but it doesn’t have to be.
According to neurosurgeon and headache specialist Dr Sara Crystal, Peppermint oil’s active ingredient, menthol, stimulates our central and peripheral nervous system to “desensitise pain fibres.” The sensation of pain is decreased, and menthol’s “cooling effects provide pain relief.”
Pouring a couple of drops on to a tissue or applying a cold compress to your forehead will help ease a headache. You can also massage the oil, diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut or argan oil to treat your temples, back of the neck and forehead.
If relaxing your muscles to ease tension throughout your body is what you are after, adding a couple of drops to a warm bath will provide instant relief.
A natural insect repellant
We may all be infatuated with the fresh, invigorating menthol aroma of peppermint oil, but insects hate it! Anything from mosquitoes to spiders and ticks will not want to come anywhere near the smell.
So if you need to fend off unwanted bugs, you can create a diluted peppermint oil solution to spray where you please.
With its cooling, anti-inflammatory properties, adding a few drops of peppermint oil to aloe vera gel will create a healing solution for sunburn. A natural analgesic, antiseptic and anti-microbial, using peppermint oil will buildup your body’s defence against infection too.
Soothes dry, itchy skin
The variable seasons can really take it out on your skin. From the harsh winter months to the scorching summer sun, your skin has to battle with the elements on a daily basis. Diluting a couple of drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoon of aloe vera or coconut oil will soothe dry and itchy skin.
A natural lip balm
Dry, cracked lips can be a bugbear for many of us. Fortunately, you can create a soothing peppermint oil-based lip balm to give you softer lips. Simply add a couple of drops to a shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax mixture (equal parts, melted together) for a long-lasting lip balm.
Peppermint oil undeniably packs a punch. It’s energising, mood-lifting and invigorating fresh scent are enough to sharpen anyone’s focus and concentration!
Feeling inspired? If you need to add a splash of imagination and inspiration to your day, make sure you add peppermint oil to your essential oils kit!