Therapeutic-grade peppermint oil, extracted from Mentha piperita of the Labiatae family, is obtained by steam distillation of the herb in full bloom. Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint oil, is popular in many ways today. But to produce therapeutic-grade peppermint oil, particular attention to detail during the growing, harvesting and distillation process is paramount.
Peppermint oil is a colorless liquid with an invigorating mint odor and taste. It has a strong, clean, fresh aroma that reminds of a brisk ocean breeze. The fresh scent of peppermint oil can energize a person instantly. It provides oxygen to the blood, enhances mental clarity, dispels tiredness, improves circulation, and leaves a fresh taste and clean breath when ingested. No matter how applied, peppermint oil will leave a refreshing sensation in the mouth, and on the skin.
Here are 10 ways peppermint oil is used today, every day:
- Peppermint Oil for Dental Hygiene: Peppermint oil is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, for toothpicks and floss. The dentist uses peppermint oil as mouth rise, tooth cleaner and mild anesthetic. Periodontal disease and gum infection are treated using the essential oil of peppermint. Peppermint chewing gums or mint lozenges are favorite breath fresheners.
- Peppermint Oil and Digestion: Peppermint oil is known all along to aid digestion. It is traditionally used for stomach aches and bowel conditions. Medicines and ointments are enriched with this versatile essential oil to lend digestive aid. Peppermint oil may be highly effective at relieving cramps, spasms and pain.
- Peppermint Oil to the Rescue – Count the Ways: Peppermint oil is largely used in medicines and available as pills or inhalant. Peppermint oil was used for countless ailments over the ages, reaching from cold and flu, to headache and vertigo, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and arthritis, to name just a few.
- Peppermint Oil and Science: Studies on the effect of peppermint oil include its influence on liver and respiratory systems, improved taste and smell, concentration and mental activity, satiation, irritable bowel syndrome, daytime sleepiness, and many more.
- Peppermint Oil in Sports: Peppermint oil is widely used for bone, muscle and nerve pain and to regenerate tissues. Athletes commonly use analgesic, invigorating or calming rubs before and after workout. Peppermint oil is a favorite cooling muscle relaxant with antispasmodic effect.
- Peppermint Oil in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products: Peppermint oil fragrance is found in personal care and cosmetic products such as shampoo, deodorant, lip balm or soap. Beware! Commercial menthol fragrance is frequently made of synthetic compounds and therefore potentially carcinogenic. Synthetic peppermint fragrance causes severe health reactions (depression, skin disorders, etc.) and should be avoided at all cost.
- Your First Aid Kit Is Incomplete without Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil should be an integral part of any first aid kit. It is used for heat stroke, hemorrhoids, tension headache, to reduce fever, help with poison ivy, boost mood and reduce fatigue, relieve nausea, and much more.
- Peppermint Oil as Insect Repellent: Using peppermint essential oil as insect repellents is a natural way to get rid of mosquitoes, moths, horse-flies, aphids, cockroaches, ants and more.
- Peppermint Oil in Cooking: From drinking hot or ice cold peppermint tea, to making delicious peppermint ice cream or other mint treats, peppermint oil will lend its invigorating mint aroma to every kitchen.
- Peppermint and Aromatherapy: Peppermint oil is a favorite essential oil used for dietary, aromatic or topical application. With its invigorating, energizing and stimulating properties, peppermint oil can also be soothing, calming and cleansing.
Peppermint oil is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs. It was already in use by ancient-day Egypt, Greece and Rome. Back then, therapeutic-grade essential oil cultivation and distillation was a highly refined art and precious tradition only accessible to a few. It was so secret, and by law no common worker was allowed to divulge the process of producing essential oils to anyone without losing his life.
Essential oils were regarded more valuable than gold and only accessible to kings. Today the healing art and science of therapeutic-grade essential oils has been made available to all. Though not on shelves in health food stores, people seek out the true source of nature. They ask for high quality therapeutic-grade oils, not harmful synthetics. One of the most wanted essential oils was and still is – the essential oil of peppermint.
Source: Article by ArticlesBase, Feb 29, 2008