What is peppermint?
The peppermint, Mentha piperita L., is a plant that represents the oldest and traditional medicinal herbs used in both Eastern and Western traditions until recent time. The peppermint has a history of use in herbal medicine dating back to the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.
Health benefits of peppermint
- Gas & indigestion
- Boost immune system
- Aids in weight loss
- Reduce stress
- Improves oral hygiene
- Reduce pain
- Good for respiration
- Reduce nausea
- Sunburn relief
- Improves acne
- Relieves allergy
What is peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil is obtained from the leaves of the perennial herb, Mentha piperita L. and M. arvensis var. piperascens a member of the labiatae family. It is a colourless, pale yellow or pale greenish-yellow liquid having characteristic odour and taste followed by a sensation of cold, freely soluble in ethanol (70%).
Peppermint oil is currently used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disorders, and liver complaints. Peppermint oil is used to relieve menstrual cramps. Peppermint oil is used externally for neuralgia, myalgia, headaches, migraines and chicken pox.
This method is still put to use. It has traditionally been used to treat a variety of digestive complaints such as colic in infants, flatulence, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, morning sickness and anorexia, and as a spasmolytic to reduce gas and cramping.
Peppermint oil vapor was used as an inhalant for respiratory congestion. Peppermint oil infused tea was a remedy used to treat coughs, bronchitis, and inflammation of the oral mucosa and throat.
Peppermint oil is the most extensively used of all the volatile oils . Herbalists consider peppermint an astringent, antiseptic, antipruritic, antispasmodic, antiemetic, carminative, diaphoretic, mild bitter, analgesic, anticatarrhal, antimicrobial, rubefacient, stimulant, and emmenagogue.
In vapor therapy, peppermint oil can help to increase concentration and to stimulate the mind, as well as sorting out coughs, headaches, nausea and also has value as an insect repellant.A mouthwash with peppermint oil included can help with bad breath and gum infections.
Adding few drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and drinking it after meal gives relief from indigestion properties. This oil acts as a carminative and helps effectively in removing the gas.
Health benefits of peppermint oil
- Helps in cold and flu
- Dental care
- Relieve motion sickness
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve menstrual cramps
- Kills mouth germs
- Reduce anxiety
- Treat urinary treat infection
- Clears respiratory tract
- Promotes healthy hair growth
Home remedies of peppermint
Peppermint oil for stiff neck
2 teaspoons of warm olive oil
Few drops of peppermint oil
Take a two teaspoons of warm olive oil, add a few drop of peppermint oil to it.
Gently massage your neck with this warm oil.
Try this treatment once per day.
Peppermint water for mouth rinse
10 leaves of peppermint
1 lemon of juice
One cup of lukewarm water
Use a drop of peppermint with lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.