5 Health Benefits of Peppermint Oil

5 health benefits peppermint oil

5 health benefits peppermint oil

Peppermint has been around in home remedies for a long time.  Peppermint oil actually comes from a cross between spearmint and a water mint plant. Many people add peppermint to foods and green tea. It gives a great smell and enhances the taste of your food.  That is not the only thing it’s good for however; benefits of peppermint oil are tremendous.

Peppermint oil capsules are even available in the market which are not only convenient to use but are also good for people who refuse to add peppermint to their foods. Let me tell you some of the health benefits of peppermint oil:

5. Peppermint Oil Helps Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome

According to one study conducted on IBS in 2007, 75% who took peppermint oil capsules were relieved of their IBS symptoms as compared to 38% people in the group that took Placebo. IBS is becoming an increasingly common disorder amongst teens and adults due to excessive anxiety. IBS can also come in play due to certain foods particularly those that are spicy, coffee and alcohol. IBS induces pain, bloating and can cause either constipation or diarrhea.

What is better than going au naturale to relieve the symptoms? According to a study published by the researchers in The University of Adelaide, peppermint seems to work as it activates an ‘anti-pain’ mechanism which reduces the inflammation along the colon tract. This helps relieve IBS symptoms.

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4. Peppermint Oil Helps Relieve Headaches

You might believe that your pain killer works perfectly fine to relieve you from a headache, but did you know how harmful painkillers are in the long run? Ibruprofen can cause vomiting dizziness or a stomach ache if you take one with an empty stomach.

Long term side effects actually include a potential liver failure, a urine tract infection, and blood in urine, a stroke, a heart attack or kidney damage. We should really be careful while taking medication.

It’s better to go for a natural alternative. We have that alternative in shape of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil maybe applied topically. There are balms that can be rubbed on the forehead to relieve a person of a headache. Putting a few drops of peppermint oil and sniffing it is also a great way to relieve oneself of a headache.

3. Peppermint Oil Reduces Hunger Cravings

This has got to be my favourite! As weird as it may sound, sniffing peppermint oil reduces your hunger cravings. In a study, people consumed 2800 lesser calories in a week while they were asked to sniff on peppermint candy every two hours.

The same principle works with peppermint oil. Ideally you should apply a little peppermint oil on your temples or under your nose before a meal. If this does not work for you, just take a few deep sniffs right out of the bottle. This is bound to reduce your appetite.

This means just sniffing peppermint can help you achieve weight loss! Your still requires nutrients. Please do not misuse this technique as it will harm you and only you. This can only be healthy if you also maintain a balanced diet.

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2. Peppermint Oil can help control Hormonal imbalance and helps with PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome and hormonal imbalance have become extremely common. A study conducted on peppermint’s effect on PCOS showed a significant improvement within a month of consuming peppermint.

The studies haven’t been long enough to show a long term impact but the findings have their significance. Peppermint oil can definitely help reduce PCOS and hormonal imbalance in females. It does this by reducing the testosterone level in females.

Even if one does not solely rely on the use of peppermint, it is highly advisable to use peppermint oil (orally) to help curb hormonal imbalances.

1. Peppermint Oil helps relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms

Peppermint oil is used in a lot of chest rubs as it helps in breaking up phlegm and relieving congestion. Topical application of peppermint oil can get rid of pain in the body that often accompany a cold or flu. When applied under a clogged nose, it also helps in clearing the nasal passage. Peppermint can additionally be beneficial during bouts of sinusitis, asthma and cough.  Peppermint oil basically works a decongestant and is a key ingredient in any form of respiratory diseases.

There are quite a lot of vapour rubs that have menthol as one of their key ingredients.

Peppermint oil has great many uses and some of those are beneficial for our health. Peppermint oil capsules can be used as a great beauty hack as well and is often added in shampoos for better hair and is used on skin for rashes or any form of skin irritation.

Sarah Sandra

Senior Writer at OLWomen
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