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Peppermint Oil

What is peppermint oil?

Peppermint, a cross between spearmint and watermint, is a perennial plant native to Europe, it has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties and is often referred to as the world's oldest medicine.

Peppermint has a vast array of important nutritional properties as well as medicinal ones. Peppermint is rich in minerals and vitamins and includes; Alpha and Beta-carotene, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium Vitamin B and E and Zinc

What can peppermint oil be used for?

Peppermint oil is used for a variety of health conditions owing to its therapeutic benefits and can be taken orally in dietary supplements or applied topically as a skin cream or ointment. Peppermint oil can be used to treat a number of human ailments, typically these include:

  • Indigestion - Peppermint oil is commonly used to aid digestion, owing to it being a carminative, which helps remove excess gas. In addition to this it can also be used to treat feelings of nausea, upset stomachs and motion sickness. 
  • Dental Cavities and Bad Breath – Peppermint oil is extremely useful in dental care due to its antiseptic properties. It is commonly used to freshen breath and help teeth and gums fight off germs
  • Headaches – peppermint oil may help elevate migraines and headaches owing to its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore it may also help alleviate anxiety and stress.
  • Hair and Nails – Peppermint oil is extremely useful in removing dandruff and soothing the scalp if you’re suffering from irritation or dry skin. Peppermint oil can also reduce the chances of nail fungus if applied to the nail
  • Respiratory benefits – Peppermint oil may help decongest and clear the respiratory tract. In addition to this it is also an effective medicine providing immediate, although short-term, relief from numerous conditions including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, colds and coughs.
  • Pain relief - Peppermint oil may help relieve muscle spasms and pain, owing to it providing a cooling sensation to the skin. It can also be used on wounds and grazes as peppermint oil helps to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Immune system - Peppermint oil may help boost and improve the immune system, owing to its abundance of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, helping prevent the generation of free radicals 
  • Skin conditions - Peppermint oil can help treat numerous skin complaints owing to its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, such as eczema and other skin inflammations.
  • Blood circulation – Some research suggests that peppermint oils stimulating properties help to increase blood circulation.

Peppermint oil is most commonly available in tablet, capsules and in liquid form, for a range of peppermint oil products and supplements be sure to browse The Health Bay.

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