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Mint, a wonderful herb, has a variety of medicinal and culinary uses. A natural cross between two types of mint, water mint and peppermint, spearmint is known for its pain-relieving properties as well as its role in digestive health. Mint even had great importance thousands of years ago, in ancient times. The witch hazel was used in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt to treat digestive disorders and other health conditions. In this edition of Ancient Wisdom, let’s learn more about peppermint oil and how it is used in modern times for health, culinary and medicinal purposes.
Cooling, pungent, peppermint, pungent, peppermint oil has a powerful healing effect on our body, senses and mind. It is the fifth most produced essential oil in the world. In Ayurveda, peppermint is known to balance all three doshas. It can give you instant energy, relieve headaches and joint pains at once.
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What is peppermint oil?
Peppermint is an aromatic herb of the mint family. Peppermint essential oil can be extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and is used for a variety of purposes. The main chemical components of peppermint oil are menthol and menthone.
The use of peppermint oil in ancient times
Like many herbs, mint was widely used for medicinal purposes in ancient India, Rome, Greece as a flavoring agent, a natural pain reliever, and as an energy drink during the day. It has also been added to desserts.
“Over time, mint has appeared in various cultural, literary and religious contexts. Mint has been on the menu for ages. It has been used to flavor sauces and soups, meats and meals. While it has sometimes been used in salads and other condiments. Foods Mint is most commonly known for its use in sweets and desserts. With its cooling effect, peppermint has historically been used to invigorate the mind and ward off daytime sleepiness,” says Vaibhav Jain, co-founder of Aayush Bharat.
Uses of peppermint oil
Peppermint oil has many uses, according to Jane.
Pain relief. Peppermint oil can treat frequent headaches, arthritis pain
Menstrual pains. Peppermint oil helps to get rid of menstrual cramps
A natural mouth freshenerPeppermint oil can help get rid of bad breath
Cosmetic use. Peppermint oil can reduce skin allergies, treat skin infections
Useful properties of peppermint oil
Jane shares the health benefits of peppermint oil.
1. Headache and migraine
If you are tired of frequent headaches, peppermint oil is the solution to your problem. Stress and tension cause headaches and peppermint oil helps effectively treat headaches and migraines by reducing nausea and the cooling and calming effect helps people who suffer from constant headaches and migraines.
How to use
Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil and apply to your temples and the back of your neck for instant relief.
2. Cough relief
Peppermint oil is known for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as an expectorant. This property of peppermint oil is due to the presence of menthol, which helps clear the respiratory tract and instantly relieve nasal and chest congestion. Therefore, this oil is mainly used in cold creams and balms.
How to use
Use it as a cold rub or inhale its vapors to relieve coughs and nasal congestion.
3. Treatment of nausea
Peppermint oil is a good remedy for nausea because it has a calming and relaxing effect. Peppermint oil provides instant relief from nausea and headaches due to its anti-inflammatory properties and cooling effect.
How to use
Applying a diluted form of peppermint oil to your forehead or gently inhaling this oil can relieve nausea.
4. Treat mouth ulcers
A mouth ulcer is an infection in the mouth that can be very painful, making it difficult to speak, eat or drink. Peppermint oil is considered very effective in treating mouth ulcers.
How to use
Apply the diluted peppermint oil on the affected area with a cotton swab and leave it for 15 minutes. Spit out the peppermint oil and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
5. Treat stomach ache
Peppermint oil helps the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract to relax and stimulates the flow of bile, which facilitates the process of breaking down fat and allows food to pass easily through the intestines. This helps with acid reflux and has a cooling effect on the stomach. This oil also relieves heartburn.
6. Gas relief
Peppermint oil is a natural carminative, so it is effective in treating indigestion and bloating. Peppermint oil helps relieve stomach and intestinal bloating by relaxing abdominal and intestinal muscles and relieves colon spasms. It helps relieve stomach pain by reducing bloating and gas
How to use
Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil such as olive oil and apply to the stomach.
7. Joint pain relief
Peppermint oil has both analgesic and anesthetic properties that help soothe inflammation and pain in the joints. Joint pain can be caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Peppermint oil effectively treats all types of pain such as knee pain, back pain and neck pain.
How to use
Combine equal amounts of peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil (8 drops) and mix it with a carrier oil such as moringa oil (known to have anti-inflammatory properties) and massage into the joints.
Peppermint oil is a miracle oil and a one-stop solution for all your skin problems. Peppermint oil makes your skin healthy and glowing.
Let’s discuss some of the skin care benefits of peppermint oil.
Peppermint oil is very effective in treating acne because it exhibits 3 main properties: it prevents the growth of bacteria, it has a cooling effect and it reduces the production of testosterone 5 ALPHA-reductase hormone. Acne is caused by excess oil and sebum production by the skin and it clogs the pores causing skin breakouts. Testosterone 5 ALPHA-reductase hormone is responsible for the production of excess oil and sebum. The cooling properties of menthol help reduce inflammation.
Who should not use peppermint oil?
Diabetics. The use of peppermint oil is not recommended for people with diabetes, as it lowers blood sugar levels and increases the risk of hypoglycemia.
People with GERD. Peppermint oil is not recommended for people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
People under medication. Peppermint oil should not be taken with an antacid. Peppermint oil tends to react with other medications, so people already on medication should avoid using peppermint oil.
Pregnant women. Pregnant and nursing women and people under medical care should not use peppermint oil unless advised by a doctor.
Children and domestic animals: Peppermint oil should be avoided on children and pets.
How to use peppermint oil?
“Consumption of peppermint in concentrated form or an overdose or allergy to peppermint oil can also lead to a number of side effects. “Always remember to use essential oils according to recipes and directions from an expert source,” says Jane.
He suggests the following.
- Do a skin test before use. Before applying peppermint oil as a liquid to your skin, dilute it with a carrier oil and place a small amount behind the ear. Wait 10-15 minutes. If you don’t get a rash, irritation, or burning sensation, you can use the oil on the rest of your body.
- If you have any adverse skin problems, you may be allergic to the oil or your skin may be extremely sensitive to the oil. If your skin is sensitive to peppermint even with a carrier oil, an alternative method may be better for you.
- Never apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin.
We hope you enjoyed reading part four of our series on Ancient Wisdom. Part 5, which discusses the benefits of amla for diabetes and other health problems, will be published on September 20 (Wednesday). Stay with us.
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