Peppermint Essential Oil
Known for its minty fresh leaves, Mentha piperita better know as Peppermint is used in a wide variety of applications, including teas and other beverages, soaps, shampoos, cigarettes, toothpastes, ice creams, candies, medicines, cosmetics, and chewing gums. Its effect on the digestive system is one of the reasons for its popularity as a favorite ingredient in after-dinner mints and chewing gums. Peppermint is refreshing, stimulating, and promotes clarity and alertness.
Studies at the University of Cincinnati revealed Peppermint essential oil improved concentration and mental alertness. Alan Hirsch, MD also discovered this oil helps to trigger the brain’s satiety center in hypothalamus which gives the body a sense of fullness after a meal.
Because of its mostly cool menthol content (85%), Peppermint is found in most liniments to relieve painful muscle spasms and arthritic conditions. Its energetic scent was said to be an aphrodisiac in ancient times.
In Egypt, Peppermint was found in tombs dating from 1000 BCE. As one of the oldest herbs used for digestion, Peppermint is extremely effective against stomach ailments and helps with gaseous indigestion and an irritated colon. Its antispasmodic action relieves the smooth muscles of the stomach and gut, aiding with stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is also successful in treatment for odorous gas due to intestinal parasites or Candida. Peppermint essential oil is also great for headaches, fevers, colds and flu. In addition, this pale white oil is hepatic and works to detoxify the liver.
Peppermint essential oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Peppermint essential oil blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Lemon essential oils.