Friday, February 4, 2011

Benefits of Peppermint

There are many things we can to to improve our health, why not take advantage of simple things that benefit your health in many ways? One of these things is peppermint oil. It is sometimes known as the oldest medicine because it has been used to treat ailments for so long ( It remains one of the few herbs and essential oils that has been backed by scientific research for several purposes.

Peppermint is a natural antiseptic along with eucalyptus and melaleuca (tea tree) oil so it is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos and some natural cleansers. Pure peppermint oil can be applied to acne breakouts to kill the bacteria without drying out the skin. It also contains minerals and nutrients such as  iron, calcium, potassium, and copper, vitamins A & C as well as omega-3 fatty acids ( All of these can be beneficial when applied to the skin topically or taken internally.

Peppermint is soothing to the digestive system and can help alleviate heartburn, gas and indigestion without many of the possible side effects of medication. It also offers immediate, though temporary, relief from respiratory problems associated with the cold and flu, asthma, bronchitis and sinus congestion. This is why menthol, a primary component of peppermint, is used in cold rubs to provide instant relief.

Because of its cooling nature, peppermint oil can be applied to sore muscles or joints to soothe pain. It can also be applied to rashes or insect bites because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. The oil or tea of peppermint help relieve stress and tension while keeping the mind alert and refreshed. In this same manner it can be used as a treatment for headaches, nausea, and restlessness.

Growing peppermint is the easiest way to insure your peppermint is pure and fresh with not processing. It is relatively easy to grow and can help deter ants and other insects from entering your home. It has been used in natural insect repellents for humans and dogs, though cats are sensitive to essential oils so use caution around them.

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