35 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Essential Oil

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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4. Bad Breath

One of the oldest natural remedies for bad breath (aka halitosis) is to chew on peppermint leaves. While this is still practiced in some parts of the world, the accessibility of peppermint essential oil makes things a bit more convenient (and eliminates pesky peppermint leaf pieces that get stuck in your teeth)!

Peppermint oil works on bad breath in a few different ways. First of all, the powerful, wonderful-smelling compounds in peppermint instantly freshen your breath. Long term, peppermint oil a powerful antifungal and antiseptic, so peppermint oil will kill the germs that contribute to bad breath in the first place.

To use, simply place a drop of peppermint essential oil on or under your tongue for instant minty freshness.

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5. Dental Health

While we’re on the subject of fresh breath, let’s discuss peppermint oil’s benefits in terms of dental health. Peppermint is a popular flavor for mouthwash and toothpaste is not just because of the flavor, but also for its health benefits. As mentioned above, peppermint has powerful antifungal and antiseptic properties that prevent and destroy bacteria growth. Where peppermint oil really excels, however, is in killing the anaerobic bacteria that causes gum disease (5).

Peppermint essential oil is also an effective natural painkiller for toothaches and gum pain! Apply directly on location for tooth pain, and inhale before and after oral surgery for extra anti-inflammatory benefits.

6. Breathe Easier

Peppermint works as both a decongestant and expectorant, which is especially beneficial when you have a head cold. Unlike the go-to OTC decongestants, this treatment won’t further dehydrate you when you’re already sick.

Apply 1-2 drops of peppermint oil under your nose and/or on your chest to help relieve congestion. If you have sensitive skin, it is suggested you dilute with a carrier oil before application.

These DIY peppermint and eucalyptus shower discs will clear your sinuses up and have you breathing easy in no time.

7. Nausea

Peppermint consistently outperforms prescription nausea treatments in clinical studies, without any side effects. As mentioned earlier, peppermint oil is extremely effective in treating nausea and pain associated with migraines. When used to treat nausea associated with chemotherapy, operations, motion sickness, and morning sickness, peppermint oil is one of the best treatments known to man (6,7,8).

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To prevent or alleviate nausea, rub 1-2 drops behind your ears and around your nose or chest, and/or diffuse into the air.

8. Heartburn

There are conflicting reports on the effectiveness of using peppermint oil to treat heartburn and acid reflux. The difference seems to be in how the oil is used, though. When ingested, peppermint oil may cause the esophageal sphincter to relax, which could make acid reflux worse (9).

When applied topically to the throat and sternum, however, peppermint oil can be incredibly effective in treating heartburn. You may want to dilute with a carrier oil if the essential oil is too strong on its own.

9. Digestion

 Peppermint leaves and peppermint oil have been used as a digestive aid as long as records of the plant have been around. You can drink peppermint tea or chew the leaves, but drinking 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water is just as effective.

Start your day off right with this recipe to improve digestion, prevent reflux, and decrease gas:

Ingredients:

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  • 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoonful of organic apple cider vinegar
  • Local raw organic honey (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cup with hot water to make a tea.
  2. For best results, drink every morning before breakfast.
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