Did you know that one of the most versatile essential oils in the world is peppermint? In fact, it is actually more difficult to find an issue peppermint CAN’T help, rather than what it CAN do for you. Not only is it one of the oldest medicinal herbs used by Europeans, but historical accounts even claim that it may have been used in Asian folk medicine as early as 1,000 B.C.
Because peppermint oil leaves a cooling sensation on the body, it can be used for a variety of topical and antimicrobial reasons, from freshening bad breath to digestive imbalance.
Check out some of the more popular uses for peppermint and discover why we love to use the essential oil in our all-natural and organic soy wax candles.
Relieve Muscle Tension
Peppermint essential oil is known to be a very effective all-natural painkiller and muscle relaxer. Studies show that when applied topically, it even has pain relief benefits for muscle disorders such as Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Peppermint oil helps to soothe an aching back, sore muscles and melt away tension headaches.
Minimize Hunger Cravings
It is believed that inhaling peppermint oil can help fight off the munchies, leaving you feeling full. If you don’t have an herbal diffuser in your home with you, try applying a couple drops on your temples or chest before dinner, or simply take a few sniffs right from the bottle. If you do this regularly, you will notice yourself fighting off those midnight snack cravings.
If you are searching for a healthier alternative to those dangerous energy drinks, try taking a few sips of peppermint oil. It will perk up your energy during road trips, long classes at school and those late night or early morning hours at the office. If you are one who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, peppermint may also improve your concentration and focus.
Peppermint extract has been shown to be superior to the common mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine, as it inhibits the formation of biofilm and plaque that can eventually lead to cavities. The powdered form of peppermint leaves also work great for freshening and whitening teeth. Try adding a drop or two to your toothpaste for a quick and simple extra shine.
If you suffer from allergies like me, this may be the solution for you. Ear, nose and throat doctors have found peppermint oil to be highly effective at relaxing the muscles in your nasal passages, helping to clear out pollen during high allergy seasons. Diffusing peppermint with a small amount of clove oil and eucalyptus can also reduce your allergy symptoms.
Natural Bug Spray
There are a variety of different insects and bugs that hate peppermint oil. Ticks, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes and even mice can be repelled by it! Peppermint scented candles make the perfect decor for your patio while they deter all the pesky critters.
Far beyond being a flavor for Christmas time candies, the therapeutic benefits of peppermint oil have been known since ancient times. The herb’s aromatic scent has grown to become a symbol of hospitality in several countries around the world. Today, as you have learned, research has continued to prove just why peppermint is one of nature’s most valuable herbal remedies.