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Peppermint Oil Benefits

Peppermint oil is known to mankind since time immemorial. It has so many benefits. Have a look...
Oils have been an essential part of human lifestyle, since a very long time! Oils have been used on account of their health benefits, internally as well as externally. One such oil is the peppermint oil, which is supposed to have been in use since primitive days of Greek civilizations. Peppermint oil is prepared out of peppermint plant and one of the most popular forms in which peppermint is consumed.

Benefits of Peppermint Oil
  • Tooth Care: Peppermint is one of the most important ingredients in toothpaste, as it is effective in dental care. This is because, the antiseptic properties of peppermint oil, fight bad breath and germs in the teeth and gums. Peppermint oil is also widely used to cure toothaches.
  • Mental Stress: Like many other essential oils, peppermint oil also has refreshing properties, which release stress, mental exhaustion and depression. Moreover, peppermint oil is effective in relieving restlessness and anxiety.
  • Hair Care: Peppermint oil for hair works wonders, by removing dandruff and lice from the head and also keeps the head cool for a long time. Moreover, it also stimulates quicker hair growth and acts as a great moisturizer.
  • Headache: Peppermint oil is a great refresher and therefore it has been found to cure headaches. Applying peppermint oil in sufficient quantities, relieves headache in a few minutes.
  • Pain Relief: Calcium antagonism is an important constituent of peppermint oil. Therefore, external application of peppermint oil on the pain area, actually relieves the person from pain.
  • Skin Care: Menthol is a well-known ingredient for cooling properties. But it is also beneficial for skin, as it provides nourishment to dull skin and also good for oily skin.
  • Immune System: Not very well-known, but peppermint oil if taken in sufficient quantities can help in strengthening the immune system and this in turn can help in preventing infections and diseases. Peppermint oil is also believed to improve the rate of blood circulation.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Peppermint oil is a great muscle relaxant. Therefore, studies have revealed that peppermint oil helps in easing out irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Cures Respiratory Problems: Respiratory problems are amongst the most common problems faced by people. Peppermint oil is a boon for such people, as the menthol content in it clears the respiratory tract. Menthol is a good expectorant and therefore provides immediate relief from asthma, cold and cough, bronchitis, nasal congestion, etc.
  • Digestion Problems: Indigestion is an everyday problem for many people. Consuming a few drops of peppermint oil in water and consuming it, helps improve the digestion system and the carminative properties of peppermint oil aid in removing out gas from the body. Apart from this, relieving heartburn, motion sickness and stomach problems such as upset stomach are some more health benefits of peppermint oil.
  • Antispasmodic: Peppermint oil if applied intraluminally, proves useful in colonoscopy and gastroscopy.
  • Itching: External application of peppermint oil is found to be effective in temporary relief from itching, insect bites, itching lesions and eczema.
All the above said peppermint oil benefits, make it an essential part of our lifestyle. Although, peppermint oil has been beneficial in several ways, muscle tremors, flushing, skin rashes, etc. are some of its side effects, occurring mainly on account of over consumption or application. Therefore, it is suggested that you consult your doctor or a specialist, to know whether peppermint oil is beneficial to you and if yes, also get the right amounts prescribed for your body type.
By Ujwal Deshmukh
Last Updated: 10/6/2011
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