Peppermint is grown across States and Europe. It is a gift that was given to man as early as the 1700s. It has many varieties of which black peppermint and white peppermint are the most commonly grown worldwide.
The leaves and the stem of the peppermint plant are used for essential oil extraction. The oil that is extracted from the leaves consists mainly of menthol. The essential oil from peppermint has numerous uses.
The most common and the most obvious use of peppermint leaves are as a condiment in beverages like tea. This not only acts to rejuvenate our bodies and minds in a healthy natural way but also helps ease any stomach ailments like indigestion and tummy upsets.
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This oil is also used as a mouth freshener to relieve any bad breath. It also helps fight oral micro organisms and thus helps in oral care.
Due to its refreshing smell and taste, it also helps curb nausea and vomiting sensations, thus helping in motion sickness as well.
It is a potent anti bacterial and thus is used to relieve abdominal distress and stomach cramps.
It is known to regulate the flow of bile and is used therapeutically in liver and gall bladder disorders like hepatitis and gall stone acute attacks.
It helps to relieve colicky pain and intestinal discomfort and has been shown to have great benefits for Crohns disease. When inhaled, it helps relieve allergies like sinusitis and coryza.
The above effects are seen when the essential oil of peppermint is inhaled or consumed.
However, it also has wonderful effects when applied topically on the skin. It has a strong smell and thus just applying it topically over the temple can help relieve headaches.
A quick soothing massage with peppermint oil over aching muscles and tendons helps getting rid of the pain in minutes.
In case of emergency conditions like food poisoning with bacteria, which can at times prove fatal, peppermint oil has shown to curb the severity of the disease.
It also is helpful for hemorrhoids and helps ease pain and itch.
Due to its anti bacterial properties, although not an absolute cure, it definitely helps to alleviate some of the symptoms like vomiting, indigestion and nausea.
However, the severity of the condition needs to be judged because food poisoning is more so like the tip of the iceberg. One can never know the fatality of this condition; hence caution needs to be exerted as to when this oil would actually prove useful.
The quantity of the oil that is ingested or inhaled has to measured and followed as per the directions of the medical doctor.
Also, rather than using this oil all by itself, it has been shown to be as effective when blend with other essential oils as well. That way, not only are we ensuring limited amount of this oil but also we get the benefits of many oils together.