35 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Essential Oil

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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10. Reduce GI spasms

In a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians, peppermint oil was found to reduce colon spasms and discomfort associated with barium enemas, colonoscopies, and endoscopies (10). In these instances, peppermint oil works by relaxing the smooth muscle found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (11).

For best results, use peppermint oil with the application of the enema or on the scope itself. Depending on how extensive the procedure is, peppermint oil was found to be more effective than the traditional medication used (12).

11. Gas

Using peppermint as a treatment for gas works because it acts as both a preventative agent before/after meals and a treatment after gas symptoms appear (13). Since peppermint oil is more concentrated than the leaves, it is also more effective.

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Compared to some of the leading prescription and over the counter treatments, peppermint oil is gentler, more effective way to prevent and relieve gas. As the muscles of your intestines relax, gas is can work its way out more easily. This muscle relaxation also has the benefits of reducing the pain and discomfort associated with gas (14).

To use peppermint oil as a treatment for gas, there are a few options. Drink peppermint oil in water, apply directly to the abdomen, or put a few drops in a veggie capsule with a carrier oil and take it like a pill.

12. Energy Boost

Peppermint essential oil aromatherapy is one of the most popular natural treatments for chronic fatigue. In clinical studies, peppermint essential oil consistently improves concentration, memory, focus, and fatigue (15). Using one method of application – internally, aromatically, or topically – over another does not appear to make a difference. However, there does seem to be a positive mental association with being able to smell the oil through topical application and inhalation.

When peppermint oil crosses the blood-brain barrier through inhalation (aromatherapy), it the amount of oxygen and other energizing nutrients to the brain. Increased oxygen provides a boost of energy and mental alertness, without the side effects of common stimulants.

To provide the best mental and physical energy boost, diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil throughout the day.

13. Mental Focus

Continuing along the theme of increased energy and concentration: peppermint oil is extremely effective in stimulating the hippocampus. The hippocampus is mainly responsible for memory, but plays a role in other key functions such as mental clarity (16).

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The University of Cincinnati found that peppermint oil increased concentration and alertness during academic testing (17). In a similar study, Wheeling Jesuit University conducted a similar study on the stimulating effects of peppermint while driving (18). Participants were not only more alert but also less irritable when they used peppermint oil!

To boost mental focus: apply peppermint oil to the palms of your hands and inhale often, diffuse, and/or apply topically to your chest, temples, and the back of your neck.

14. Keep cool during exercise

Peppermint-flavored mints and lozenges rely on the cooling effects of menthol to bring in a nice cold breath when you inhale (19). You can experience the same effects by putting a couple of drops of peppermint oil in your water bottle during exercise. Just make sure the brand of oil you’re using is safe for ingestion.

15. Loosen tight muscles

Combine peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and massage onto tight and tired muscles. In addition to relieving sore muscle pain with its analgesic properties, peppermint oil will help your muscles relax. It will be easier to stretch out your muscles and draw oxygen-rich blood to the area for a faster recovery.

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