Peppermint is such a universal essential oil that is used in almost everywhere. Whenever I go to a spa, I would often try to look if they have peppermint because it is such a soothing essential cream and oil. It came to a point where every product that I buy that pertains to hygiene must have “peppermint” in it. It is not hard to find for products with infused peppermint oil in it. Almost all products that want to sooth or relax has peppermint in it – toothpaste, hand creams, lotions, hair gels, face masks, foot masks, body scrub, shampoos, soap and so on and so forth. You name them, peppermints are infused in a variety of products.
Commercialized as it is, it has health benefits too that some of you might have come across with already. Research health centers have already established peppermint oil’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses once the organisms are inside the body. That means peppermint oil might be a good pair to your immune system if you are feeling a bit under the weather. It is really not that surprising why peppermint oil has been reproduced and repackaged in different versions. Let us explore more on what is peppermint oil and what benefits it can give us, consumers.
What is Peppermint?
Peppermint comes from a plant that is a cross-breed from two different plant species. It is extracted by a process called cold extraction. It has two active ingredients that give off its minty odor and taste.
Peppermint oil goes back as far as the Greek and Egyptian civilization. It is even featured in Greek mythology which shows how well loved it is by greeks. Greeks used it mainly for medicinal purposes. The greeks are not the only ones who discovered the health benefits of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil spread as far as Asia and in several countries of Europe.
In present times, peppermint’s health and medicinal potential are unlocked. Therefore, its production and demands have both spiked. Peppermint is like any other herbal or mint-based leaf when it comes to health benefits. It is stimulant, which promotes proper blood flow. With the proper circulation of the blood, it relieves stress and pain from the nerves, muscles, and in several parts of the body that experiences pain contractions.
Peppermint is now introduced in a wider form, it is now time to dwindle down into the microcosm of its health benefits. So what are the health benefits of peppermint? Why is it highly commercialized, and who are the ones that benefit from it?
Relief for Body Pain
It is no wonder how peppermint has been stuck in our mother’s medicine cabinet for years. It is such a staple therapeutic medicine, that almost all family have it in their homes. However, is peppermint that potent into relieving body pain, particularly in the joints and muscles? Yes, it is. Peppermint like eucalyptus is a muscle relaxant and a nervous system stimulant. It soothes painful joints and muscles with its cooling and relaxing effect.
Peppermint oil as a topical relief for body pain is reproduced in various versions of salve, creams, liniments, and gels. Not all peppermint products are credible. It may even be potent but will render dangerous effects due to improper chemical infusions. Make sure to buy tested and proven peppermint topical creams so you could get your money’s worth and at the same time, be safe.
Peppermint oil and the different versions of it are really good for muscle and joint pain. However, you should not ignore joint and muscle pain and just be contented in relieving it with peppermint oil. You should receive treatment first from a hospital or to any reputable institution that treats such pains.
It May Provide Relief for Respiratory Problems
Respiratory problems can hit you from different reasons and seasons. Anyone may contract it whether young or old. It may also range from mild to serious cases but most of the time, these cases are curable in their own accord. Peppermint oil like Eucalyptus is a stimulant and expectorant. It relieves clogged respiratory tracts like the trachea and bronchial tubes due to its power to widen passageways. It is a good reliever for pain too because it improves blood circulation and blood flow. Not to mention that peppermint oil also fights off respiratory bacterias and viruses.
You can actually make your own homemade peppermint oil remedy. Mix it with herbs that and leaf extracts that have similar effects. You can then pour it in vapors, mists, and humidifier. The vapor from these essential oils can give you a good night’s rest.
Relieving Allergic Reactions
Some respiratory problems have allergic reactions associated with their emergence. Also, respiratory problems can also be an allergic reaction perse. Peppermint is a good agent in relieving allergic reactions because it helps in controlling symptoms of a respiratory problem. It may even help in treating the allergy itself by removing and declogging tracts wrecked by allergens.
Several tests and researches have somehow proven the effectiveness of peppermint oil in several respiratory allergic reactions. Usage of this in the onset of a respiratory allergic reaction is fine but you still need to consult your doctor on its efficacy. Since individuals have different conditions and body types. As a homemade allergen relief, you can again, extract 2 to 3 drops in your vapor, ist, or humidifier. Its mist can potentially relieve you from the respiratory allergic reactions.
Peppermint oil as mentioned several times already is a stimulant. Experts claim that peppermint oil boosts energy levels. This claim has not been truly proven yet. However, it is just logical for peppermint oils to be an energy boosting agent since it is a stimulant. Invigoration is also logical to flow since peppermint is known to eliminate brain fogginess. Experts claim that a whiff of this is good for the brain and the several activities it is going to embark on the whole day.
If this is true, then that is a piece of good news. It will let our body take a rest from the toxic energy boosting drinks out there. Peppermint oil has no established side effects yet. So, when compared to high-sugar level energy drinks, then peppermint oil is a winner.