Peppermint’s beneficial properties have been known since Ancient Egyptian times, when it was used to ease indigestion. During the 1700s, peppermints popularity spread through Western Europe as people found it helped with nausea and respiratory infections. We continue to use it today for these purposes and more. Below are a few uses for peppermint essential oil.
Reduces Nausea and Aids in Digestion
Dropping a few drops of peppermint oil into tea can help ease nausea. This peppermint oil works by relaxing your stomach muscles, allowing bile to break down fats and move food through the stomach. However, if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, it is not recommended that you ingest peppermint oil because the oil can make the condition worse.
Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties
While the antifungal and antibacterial properties of peppermint have yet to be studied in depth, there is some promising information. In a 1996, the National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study from the Regional Medical Research Centre in India. The study found that peppermint was effective against all 22 bacterial strains and 11 of the 12 fungi tested. By applying some to your nails, you can take advantage of peppermint oils antifungal properties.
Peppermint oil helps with stress relief. The menthol in peppermint acts as a natural muscle relaxant, which soothes your muscles. This works because we usually feel physically tense when stressed out.
Eases Muscle Pain
The menthol in peppermint oil also help with muscle aches and reducing inflammation. The essential oil can be used in a massage, applied in a cold compress applied over the injured area, or used in a bath to relieve muscle pain and stiffness.
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