Peppermint is often regarded as the world's oldest medicine. Bearing tremendous medicinal and flavorful properties, it’s no wonder that peppermint oil has survived as an edible, topical, and aromatic treatment since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. With a strong, fresh, minty aroma, peppermint oil can treat ailments of the respiratory, circulatory, integumentary (skin, hair, & nails), and nervous system.
When consumed, peppermint oil strengthens the immune system, assists digestion, alleviates gas pain, aids upset stomachs, and calms nausea. It also makes your breath smell lovely while providing essential nutrients such as manganese, vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, iron, calcium, folate, potassium, tryptophan, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, riboflavin, and copper. So add a couple drops of peppermint oil to your coffee or tea, include it in your baked goods, and get creative with it! You'll be surprised by how many edibles benefit from a little kick of peppermint.
When inhaled, peppermint oil eases stress, relieves congestion, soothes tension headaches, curbs appetite, elevates mood, reduces fatigue, and improves concentration. Dab it on your temples or wrists, diffuse it into the air, or just inhale it from the bottle for a freshening boost.
When used on your head, peppermint oil normalizes the scalp's oil production, balancing the pH and solving oily hair, dry scalp, and dandruff problems. It even moisturizes the hair shaft and stimulates hair follicles, promoting hair growth and health.
When applied topically, peppermint oil opens blood vessels, relaxing tense or sore muscles and easing blood flow. It also staves off itches, prevents bacterial and fungal skin infections, reduces cellulite, alleviatees skin redness, improves a dull complexion, and fights acne. With antiviral properties it can even be used to chase away those distressing cold sores! Isn't it amazing what a few drops of oil can accomplish?