The Peppermint Effect

peppermint effect

Peppermint effect is a powerful oil with cooling, invigorating, antimicrobial, antispasmodic and energy-boosting properties. It also helps to relax muscles, increase alertness and reduce feelings of stress. Peppermint oil can be taken orally or applied topically to the skin, and it is safe for use by most adults. It can interact with some medications, so it is important to speak with a health care professional before trying it. Peppermint is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter mouthwash products, but it can be purchased as an essential oil for other uses.

Peppermint can relieve digestive problems, such as indigestion and stomach pain. It calms the muscles in the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which is used to digest fats. It can also relieve bloating and gas. In addition, it has been shown to reduce the frequency of bowel movements in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint can also be used to soothe coughs and colds.

Inhaling the aroma of peppermint can enhance lung capacity and breathing ability. In a four-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers found that the inhalation of peppermint oil improved lung function testing measurements in healthy subjects using a peak flow meter device. The menthol in peppermint oil is thought to cause the improvement by increasing the nasal airflow force. Peppermint oil can also help those with asthma. In a recent study, researchers found that the inhalation aroma of peppermint oil was effective at improving lung function and perceived physical workload during 15-minute low intensity treadmill exercise.

Applied to the skin, peppermint can soothe itchiness and is useful as an insect repellent. Its strong scent is offensive to insects, and it has been found to be effective against ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos and lice. It can even repel yellow fever mosquitos, and one study showed that 0.1 mL of peppermint oil on the arms was enough to provide 150 minutes of protection from these malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Research has found that applying peppermint oil to the scalp can promote hair growth, especially in women with thinning hair. It has also been shown to be an effective topical treatment for dandruff. It may also be beneficial for those with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

Inhaling the scent of peppermint can help improve mental clarity and boost energy levels. To make a simple aromatic blend, add a drop of peppermint to a combination of Wild Orange and Frankincense oil. Place a couple of drops in the palm of your hand, and inhale by cupping your hands over the nose. You can also apply a few drops to the forehead, which can alleviate headaches. Peppermint oil can also be added to a warm bath for an aromatic and therapeutic experience. It can also be used in cooking to give a refreshing taste to food.