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5 Uses for Peppermint Oil

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

It’s becoming more common for people to skip potentially dangerous prescriptions and over the counter drugs for natural alternatives. The great thing about many of these natural products is that they can be beneficial for more than one problem. A great example is peppermint oil. It has been used to help with tons of various problems. Here are a few uses for peppermint oil you may just find yourself trying.

Digestive aid
The most common use of peppermint oil is aiding in digestion. It helps promote the production of digestive juices, so you can use it on a regular basis to help your body. It also can be used to offer relief from digestive problems such as heartburn, nausea, gas, cramps, and even a spastic colon. You can use peppermint oil when you experience symptoms, but it can also be used to prevent symptoms if you have a chronic condition like irritable bowel syndrome.

Cold and flu
Peppermint oil has several properties that can help with your cold and flu symptoms, along with other illnesses. Peppermint oil is an expectorant, break up chest congestion. It has also been used to reduce fever, soothe scratchy throats and, get rid of headaches. It’s a great natural alternative to over the counter medications that may contain alcohol or other unwanted ingredients.

Mental capabilities
Rubbing some peppermint oil on your temples can help wake you up and improve your concentration and memory. This is great when studying for or taking tests, or any other time you need to be alert and mentally clear. It’s a great way to give brain a little boost without having to rely on coffee. This can also be beneficial to help you feel better when you feel faint or dizzy.

Asthma
Peppermint oil contains menthol. This is the substance used in many conventional medications that can help clear up any breathing difficulties. The vapors produced from peppermint oil can clear out a stuffy nose, help with coughing, and even help stop an asthma attack (although you shouldn’t stop conventional treatment).

Heart Problems
Peppermint oil has been used to help reduce heart palpitations. It is also used to make the heart beat better and improve circulation throughout the body. This can help ease several problems related with circulation difficulties. Peppermint oil keeps your blood pumping strong.

In addition to peppermint oil, you may also find some benefit from peppermint tea. You can even put a few drops of peppermint oil in water for a different, but effective peppermint drink. If you’re applying the oil directly, it’s best to dilute it in carrier oil before you apply.

Peppermint oil and tea tree are wonderful for natural remedies and are great to have around the house.

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8 Comments

  • Walter Jeffries

    Huh, I didn’t know any of this. We drink a lot of mint tea, several times a day, made from wild mint we harvest every year in the late summer and fall on our land. Our whole family loves it from 3 years old on up. Good to know it’s good for us too. In addition to the things on your list it also warms us through our long cold winters. Getting something hot inside you makes a big difference. So, I’m off to have another cup! :)

  • natasha

    I love peppermint anything! tea is great,in the summer I steep extra strong tea and then pour it over a large cup of ice wow it’s soooo refreshing! peppermint oil is also good as a natural pesticide,it really works for spiders,repells them alone and kills them when mixed w/ water. hope my comments were helpful,Natasha

  • Mothibedi

    How do I mixed peppermint oil fo idigestion, can I drink it.

    • Valentinebaby50

      I have never drunk the oil; I use peppermint tea for digestion.

    • ms green

      mix with a carrier oil and massage the stomach or abdomen in a broad circular movement – very soothing!
      You can also buy capsules based on peppermint oil for IBS etc.

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  • Valentinebaby50

    I also use it in shampoo to stimulate the scalp and get the blood flowing to encourage hair growth.

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