Peppermint has minty and refreshing taste. It is widely used in toothpaste, gum and candy. It can also be used as a tea and garnish. Peppermint oil is obtained by crushing peppermint leaves and creating an oil extract. This oil can be used for multiple occasions. It can be used in cooking, aromatherapy and topical use. Besides being versatile peppermint oil can be used to cure multiple illnesses.
Here are some easy to make home remedies using peppermint oil.
Hair care – Peppermint oil is a natural coolant, it is great for the hair, especially on humid and hot days. It is known to remove lice and dandruff. It is also used in hair growth serums. Peppermint can stimulate blood circulation that helps hair growth.
Dental care – Peppermint oil contains antiseptic properties. You will notice most toothpaste and mouthwash contains peppermint. Peppermint can remove germ and bacteria in the mouth, making it clean and smelling fresh.
Indigestion – If you suffer from indigestion, add a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink after meals. Peppermint can help regulate the digestive track and remove flatulence. It can also help cure nausea and heartburn.
Urinary tract infection – Peppermint oil is used to cure UTI because of its antibacterial properties. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your water to lessen the symptoms of UTI.
Nausea and headache – Inhaling peppermint oil can eliminate motion sickness and nausea. Massaging watered down peppermint oil in the forehead can lessen or remove headaches.
Stress – peppermint oil in aromatherapy is used to fight off stress and depression. Inhaling it gives a calming effect to the mind. It is used to fight off anxiety and improve mental health.
Antispasmodic – Peppermint oil is great for people who are going to have a colonoscopy and gastroscopy because of its antispasmodic properties.
Nail Care – Peppermint not only smells good but it has antifungal properties. Peppermint oil is added to nail and hand creams because of its soothing and anti-fungal benefits.
Respiratory problems – Inhaling peppermint oil can help clear up the respiratory track. It can help relieve symptoms of cold, cough, sinusitis, nasal congestion, bronchitis and asthma.
Skin care – Peppermint oil creates a cool sensation in the skin. It nourishes and improves dry skin.
Pain relief – peppermint oil can be used topically for pain relief. Calcium antagonism and coolant in peppermint lessens the muscle inflammation.
Fever – It can be used as a coolant, which makes it great for cooling down fever. Apply it diluted peppermint oil in the body.
Immune system– Peppermint oil contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It also increases the immune system and raises resistance to common illnesses like colds, E.coli, coughs and flus.
Blood circulation – Peppermint oil increase blood circulation. Having good blood circulation can improve mental functions and oxygen circulation.
Before using peppermint oil make sure that you are not allergic. When using peppermint oil or supplements, consult a medical professional and before applying it topically do a patch test. Apply the oil in the back of your ear, this is the most sensitive part of your skin. When you experience bumps or itchiness do not apply or consume peppermint oil.