Peppermint Oil Uses
Improve Your Digestion & Get Relief From Nausea!
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Peppermint Oil Uses
Improve your digestion and relieve nausea with peppermint oil! For thousands of years peppermint oil has been used to relieve inflammation both internally and externally. Recently, medical research has shown that peppermint oil can help relieve the symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil to a glass of water. It will not only help with indigestion and gas it will also help cool your body during the heat of summer.
More Peppermint Oil Uses
Peppermint oil has a wide variety of uses:
- Place two drops of peppermint oil on the tongue to improve alertness and concentration. It also freshens your breath.
- Rub four drops on your chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness
- Add several drops of peppermint oil to your foot bath to relieve tired and sore feet
- Use 5-6 drops of peppermint oil in your bath or shower. It will revive you and clear your head.
- Add 2-3 drops on a wash cloth and add to your dryer
- Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to your favorite smoothie recipe to give it a minty flavor.
Peppermint Oil History
Peppermint oil has a long history. It is a combination of water mint and spearmint. It grows in Europe and several areas in North America. Peppermint oil is extracted from the flower, stem and leaf of the plant. It can be used dried or herbal peppermint tea can be made with the fresh leaves.
Peppermint Oil Side Effects
Peppermint essential oil should be used with caution. Do not use it on open cuts or with small children. If you are pregnant or nursing consult with you physician first before using peppermint oil.
Grow Your Own Peppermint
Peppermint is relatively easy to grow. It thrives in loamy soil and in partly to sunny areas of your garden. It has a tendency to take over so you will want to give it a lot of space or even place it in a partially buried barrel or plastic bucket. You can begin harvesting your crop of peppermint leaves when the plant is about 12 inches in height. Clip off the mature leaves on the outside of the plant near the base. This will encourage future growth.
There are many peppermint oil uses other than just for relieving health problems. Peppermint leaves can be added to salads or thrown in the blender with your smoothies. You can even garnish a tasty fruit salad with fresh peppermint leaves. They can also be dried and used in soups or casseroles.
Peppermint Oil Studies
Listed below are summaries of the findings of recent studies on peppermint oil uses in human health:
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- Peppermint Oil is effective and safe as a therapeutic agent in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Human studies show that peppermint oil has an analgesic (pain relief) effect on the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract
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