Peppermint is one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes. Some sources say that Peppermint Oil has been documented back to 1000 BC, with remnants of Peppermint found in several Egyptian pyramids. This gift of nature grows also in our part of the world and is valued equally for its health and medicinal benefits.
The chemical composition of the essential oil from peppermint (Mentha x piperita L.) was analyzed by GC/FID and GC-MS. The main constituents were menthol (40.7%) and menthone (23.4%). Further components were (+/-)-menthyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, limonene, beta-pinene and beta-caryophyllene.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil:
Along with the other regions, in our part of the world, peppermint oil is used for the treatment of fever, remedy in infantile troubles; the boiled leaves extract is used to relieve hiccup, flatulence, giddiness and as remedy for inflammation, bronchitis, to control vomiting during pregnancy. Here, we’ll discuss how it can be beneficial for skin and hair.
- Soothes Itchy Skin
Like lavender oil, peppermint oil too works wonders so far as your skin is concerned. Together with aloe vera gel, coconut oil and tea tree oil, peppermint oil softens dry skin and soothes irritated skin as well. Dilute two drops of pure peppermint oil in one tablespoon of aloe vera gel or warm coconut oil and smooth over itchy or dry skin. Add a drop of tea tree oil for added relief.
- Combats acne
Due to its antimicrobial properties, peppermint oil may help reduce levels of acne causing bacteria on the skin to help treat pimples, but you shouldn’t rely on its powers alone. Skin specialist do not favour using peppermint oil by itself. But it is recommended is should be used in combination with two drops of eucalyptus oil, five drops of peppermint oil diluted with one tablespoon of tamanu oil can be dabbed directly on pimples and left to absorb overnight.
- Makes hair roots healthy
Peppermint oil safeguards your hair in a very much lucrative way. The thing you are to do for a cleansing and energizing boost to your regular haircare routine is, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo. The antiseptic properties of peppermint oil make it ideal for DIY scalp treatments and clean, healthy roots. And, you know. Healthy roots make hair strong, shiny, long, and wavy.
- Stimulates hair growth
Last for today, but not least, it really makes hair grow. How? Let’s Know! Combine a few drops of peppermint oil with about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage over your scalp and through your hair. You can also sub the coconut oil with emu oil, known for nourishing hair and naturally boosting growth.
- Heals a sunburn
Peppermint oil can also be useful in heal sunburn. Have a two-ounce glass bottle and fill it almost to brim with aloe vera gel. Now add 15 drops of peppermint oil and shake as well as you can. Smooth the blend over your skin to appease inflammation and accelerate the healing process.
Peppermint oil has many more health benefits to count but a few disadvantages too.
Note: This is to add to your fund of knowledge, anyone considering using Peppermint Oil is advised to discuss it with a nutritionist or a doctor first.