Peppermint oil is an aromatic (volatile) oil obtained from the leaves of the peppermint (Mentha) plant by the method of distillation. Peppermint leaves contain a lot of menthol in their content and when the water vapor is distilled, the active ingredients are transferred to the oil, which is extracted intensively. Mint oil, which is frequently used in ancient Far Eastern medicine, is also mentioned in Greek and Egyptian sources.
How to Use Peppermint Oil?
Censer, which has a system that keeps the water constantly hot so that the aromatic oils inside are dispersed into the air, is one of the most effective ways to use aromatic oils. 2-3 drops of peppermint oil you add to your censer will be good for respiratory ailments, nausea, fatigue, distraction.
Food and Drinks
Peppermint oil is one of the aromatic oils that can be consumed orally. You can drip 1-2 drops of peppermint oil into every meal you can add dry or fresh mint, and you can benefit from its beneficial effects by adding it to your drinks.
By mixing a few drops of peppermint oil in an almond, sesame, coconut oil, or olive oil, you can create a pain reliever, itch-relieving, and nourishing massage oil.
Peppermint Oil Benefits and Uses
Peppermint Oil for Pain
The active ingredients in peppermint oil provide pain-relieving, antispasmodic, and muscle relaxing properties. At the same time, peppermint oil has cooling and invigorating properties. Peppermint oil is particularly effective for tension headaches. Gently massaging the head and neck with a few drops of peppermint oil in the painful condition will help reduce the pain. One of the studies proves that the external application of peppermint oil will also be effective in fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Like eucalyptus, menthol, and capsaicin, peppermint also facilitates pain relief by making a topical analgesic effect.
How to use peppermint oil for pain?
It is appropriate to use a natural fixed oil (coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, etc.) by adding two or three drops of peppermint oil to it and massaging it on the skin. The point to be considered is that the mixture maybe a little bit corrosive, so it should not be in contact with the eyes and the mouth-nose area. To prevent an allergic reaction, it is recommended to first experiment with a small amount of oil on the wrist or elbow. In addition, 5-6 drops of peppermint oil in bathwater and a little rest in warm water also reduce pain.
Peppermint oil for colds and breathing
Smelling peppermint oil facilitates the opening of the sinuses and the relief of the irritated sore area. It cleans and relaxes the respiratory tract thanks to its antimicrobial active ingredients that work against viruses. In complaints such as nasal congestion and cough due to colds and similar diseases, it will be effective to drip peppermint oil into hot water and smell its vapor or directly smell the mint oil at regular intervals.
Peppermint oil for seasonal allergies
Peppermint oil shows its effect by penetrating the intranasal passages in respiratory distress due to seasonal allergies, just like in the common cold. Since it helps clean the nasal passages, it can alleviate the problems such as nasal congestion, constant sneezing, and shortness of breath due to seasonal allergies. According to a study published in the European Journal of Medical Research, the menthol in mint also has a healing effect in conditions such as allergic rhinitis, colitis, and bronchial asthma that occur with chronic inflammation. You can safely use peppermint oil against seasonal allergies with the censer method (by dropping hot water and smelling its steam, or adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a censer and spreading the scent throughout the room).
Peppermint oil to increase energy and exercise performance
It is possible to increase your energy with peppermint oil instead of unhealthy energy drinks. When smelled, peppermint oil strengthens the mind by affecting memory and concentration and helps increase physical performance. According to a study published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, smelling peppermint oil before exercise helps to breathe more efficiently by opening the airways, which helps to increase performance. At the same time, better breathing can increase concentration by regulating blood circulation. To increase energy levels, 1-2 drops of peppermint oil can be dropped into a glass of water and drunk, or it can be applied topically to the head and neck area with 2-3 drops.
Peppermint oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
With its relaxing effect on the muscles, peppermint oil is also helpful in reducing gas and spasm problems in the intestine. There are also studies showing that peppermint oil is effective in conditions such as discomfort, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation, especially in the common condition known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It can be dropped 1-2 drops in a glass of water or consumed in the form of a peppermint oil capsule.
Peppermint oil for oral health
For thousands of years, peppermint has been renowned as the best friend of our mouth and teeth. Since the active ingredients of the mint plant also help to reduce bacteria and fungal cells, they have a positive effect on most problems in the mouth and teeth. Research shows that peppermint oil has an antimicrobial effect on pathogens that affect the oral cavity such as Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus fecal, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans. You can improve your oral health by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a mouthwash you prepare at home or by adding a drop of peppermint oil under your tongue before drinking water.
Peppermint oil for hair care
The menthol in mint leaves is used in hair care products and shampoos as well as in many cosmetic products. It strengthens the hair and helps prevent the formation of dandruff in the hair with its antiseptic feature. In a study conducted on animals, it has been proven that peppermint oil, which is regularly applied to the skin, positively affects the strengthening and rapid growth of hair cells. You can drip 2-3 drops of peppermint oil into your shampoo or conditioner, drop 5-10 drops of peppermint oil into a water-filled bottle, spray it on your hair, or massage your scalp with 2-3 drops of peppermint oil while taking a shower to make it a part of your hair care.
Peppermint oil for itching
Peppermint oil is also helpful in relieving itching on the skin for various reasons. Regular application of peppermint oil proved to be effective in a study conducted on pregnant women who suffered from a condition known as pruritus that causes constant itching. It should not be used on sensitive skin without experimenting. You can also mix peppermint oil with a fixed oil to balance your skin’s sensitivity. Adding 5-10 drops of peppermint oil to bath water will also be effective in relieving complaints of itching. When mixed with lavender oil, it is possible to increase its relaxing effect.
Peppermint oil to repel insects
Ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes, mice, and even lice dislike the smell of mint. Applying directly on the skin will prevent pests from harming you. You can also keep insects away by mixing peppermint oil into the water in a sprayed can and spraying it on the places where you are.
Peppermint oil for nausea
Smelling peppermint oil is a very effective solution for nausea that develops due to various reasons. Peppermint oil can also be used safely for nausea during pregnancy.
Peppermint oil for colic
Colic, which develops due to digestive problems in babies, can be very uncomfortable. According to a study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a noticeable reduction in symptoms is detected when small amounts of peppermint oil are given to babies with colic problems once a day for seven days. Nevertheless, it is useful to consult your pediatrician before using any alternative products for babies.
Peppermint oil for sunburn
The effects of peppermint oil on the skin also apply to sunburn. Research shows that among the aromatic oils, peppermint oil is the most suitable for sun protection and reducing the harmful effects of the sun on the skin. Half a teaspoon of coconut oil with 2-3 drops of peppermint oil on the skin can be used both as a sunscreen and relieves sunburned skin.