Peppermint has been used by humans for centuries. In fact, it is one of the best known and most widely used herbs in the world, even though many people don’t even realize that it is considered to be an herb. The reason that it is so widely known and used, however, is because it has been proven to be incredibly beneficial.
Benefits of Peppermint Aromatherapy – Peppermint Oil
In many cases, in the use of peppermint, the oil or essential oil from the herb is used, as opposed to the whole herb. The herb that these oils are extracted from is the Mentha Piperita. This oil has the same beneficial properties as the entire herb, and can be ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin. Typically, however, the oil is used in an essential oil diffuser for aromatherapy benefits.
The smell of peppermint alone is beneficial in improving the memory, making you feel more alert, and relieving stress. Overall, the smell of peppermint, as used for aromatherapy, gives people a burst of physical and mental energy. Peppermint is also known for its ability to ease the symptoms of depression.
Benefits of Peppermint Aromatherapy in Consumable Products
Many products that we use on a daily basis contain peppermint, and we benefit from these products even though we don’t realize that it is happening. Products such as toothpaste, mouth wash, certain candies and chewing gums can contain peppermint, and you can get the same mental and physical energy from these products as you would if you were using essential oil of peppermint in a diffuser.
Aside from the energetic benefits, peppermint – whether ingested or smelled – can also alleviate a number of ailments including migraine headaches and regular headaches, sinus problems, chest congestion, and even problems with the bowels. Digestive problems can also be eased with peppermint, which is why so many people will consume peppermint in some form after a big meal.
Benefits of Peppermint Aromatherapy on the Skin
When applied to the skin, peppermint has the ability to ease itching, to sooth skin irritation, and even to take the burn out of sunburned skin. It is also used as an antiseptic on cuts and abrasions. When applied to the gums and teeth, the peppermint has the ability to keep germs away, and to wash existing germs away as well. Many people agree that peppermint can also help to ease the pain of a toothache when applied directly to the tooth.