Okay, dig through your purse! Lipstick, tissues, a stick of kajal, wallet, and yep there you are—a mint freshener. We need this harmless leaflet of freshness almost every time—after devouring a full plate of chicken kebabs, before we kiss! Yes, peppermint gums are essential.
But peppermint certainly does more than just freshening your breath!
Curious? Read on to know more.
Scientific Name—Mentha piperita
Other Names—Pudina Patte (Hindi), Milakukkirai vittu (Tamil)
Peppermint, an aromatic herb known for its distinct aroma and medicinal value, has greenish-purple lance-shaped leaves and a refreshing cool flavor. Being highly versatile, this herb has been a part of both ancient and modern medicinal practices, culinary art, as well as cosmetic industry.
Peppermint has a highly impressive profile, agreed. But do you know what is better than the herb itself? Its oil.
I’m not kidding. The essential oil version of this herb has gained popularity worldwide due to its effectiveness against numerous skin, hair, and health troubles. We have compiled this impressive list to let you know some of the unknown facts and uses of this miracle oil.
But what makes this oil so special?
Pale yellow in color, peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, calcium, Vitamins A and C, minerals, potassium, manganese and copper. It contains menthol, an organic compound with in-house anesthetic properties that helps soothe discomfort. Peppermint oil also has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and carminative properties.
Now when you know about this oil, let us look at the top benefits of this wonderful gift of nature! Are you ready?
Skin Benefits Of Peppermint Oil
Looking for fresh looking, healthy skin? Try peppermint oil!
1. Makes Skin Brighter
Adding a few drops of this oil into your daily beauty regimen is an easy and effective way to achieve healthy and radiant skin. It contains menthol that has a cooling effect and at the same time, works to brighten up the dull skin.
Don’t listen to us. Try for yourselves and thank me later!
2. Controls Acne
A small zit anywhere on our face is enough to spoil our mood and night! Those annoying little fellows are stubborn and hard to conceal, no matter how costly a product you use to hide them.
Go for peppermint oil. It might be slow to show its effects, but is completely safe and is known to clear the acne troubles from its root. How? It controls the secretion of excess oil and prevents clogging of pores and outbreak of acne. Use peppermint essential oil for a refreshed skin!
3. Facial Scrub
Peppermint oil, in combination with other sharp ingredients, can serve as an effective facial scrub. There is absolutely nothing this little, minty genius cannot do!
You Will Need
- 4 drops peppermint oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 teaspoons table salt
What You Need To Do
- In a plastic bowl, mix three spoons of table salt with two spoons of olive oil.
- Add 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to the resultant. Mix well.
- Scrub your freshly washed face with this mixture with gentle motions for a wonderful exfoliation session.
- Repeat this process every three days to get a radiant and healthy skin.
4. Excellent Toner
Done with your last bottle of expensive toner? Then time to try using peppermint oil this time around.
You Will Need
- 115 ml filtered water (¾ of the bottle)
- 40 ml Apple Cider Vinegar (¼ of the bottle)
- 30 drops peppermint oil
What You Need To Do
- Prepare a bottle of your favorite peppermint toner by adding filtered water and apple cider vinegar (¼ of the bottle).
- Add about 30 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Use it as a facial mist throughout the day.
- Store it in the refrigerator in a spray bottle.
5. Facial Mask For A Clear Skin
A clear and blemish-free skin can be easily achieved with peppermint oil. Give it a try!
You Will Need
- 2 tablespoons cucumber, grated
- 2 tablespoons green clay
- 5 ml diluted peppermint oil
What You Need To Do
- Take grated cucumber and peppermint oil and whisk the components together in a plastic bowl.
- Add green clay to the mixture.
- Use the paste as a face mask. Let it dry and wash off with warm water.
- Repeat this process twice a week.
- This mask, with its unique oil-absorbing skills, is perfect for those with an oily skin.
Hair Benefits Of Peppermint Oil
Why should you use any essential oil for your hair? Obviously, because you care for your hair! You care about the health of your hair, and you care about your look! Take a look at how peppermint oil can help keep your hair in better shape.
6. Suits Every Hair And Scalp Type
Whether you have an oily scalp or a dry scalp, peppermint oil is going to work for you! Since peppermint oil is known to have astringent properties, it helps to normalize the sebum secretion and cools the scalp. Your scalp and hair won’t feel greasy anymore with regular application of this oil.
On the other hand, the PH balance formula in peppermint oil is beneficial for the opposite kind of hair and scalp problems too! Its moisturizing properties help in treating dry scalp and dandruff so that you get beautiful hair and problem-free scalp. It heals the scalp and prevents itching too.
7. Hydrates A Dry Scalp
Since this oil has excellent moisturizing properties, you can mix it with your favorite carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil and apply the mixture on your hair.
Wrap your hair in a shower cap and wait for at least 30 minutes. Alternatively, you may use peppermint essential oil in combination with other essential oils like jasmine or lavender.
It helps to nourish your hair and moisturize it thoroughly.
8. Promotes Hair Growth
Is the number of loose strands on your hairbrush increasing with time? Do you fear going bald? Then you must try peppermint oil. With its stimulating properties, peppermint oil penetrates through your scalp surface and stimulates the follicles of hair. It promotes blood circulation thereby boosting hair growth. It makes the hair roots stronger by providing the much-needed nourishment.
Good bye hair fall!
Peppermint Oil Benefits For Health
9. Eases Digestion
Peppermint oil can cure indigestion. You can add it to your food as a flavoring agent or drink few drops with a glass of warm water after your meal. Since peppermint oil is carminative in nature, it helps to reduce a stomach upset.
10. Good For Respiratory System
Peppermint oil contains menthol that can clear the respiratory tract. It is an excellent expectorant that gives instant relief from cold and cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis. You can use it as a cold rub on the chest or inhale it to cure nasal congestion.
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11. Relieves Headaches
Peppermint oil is the best natural remedy to get relief from headaches. Sprinkle few drops of the oil on a handkerchief or dab it on your wrist and inhale it to get rid of a nagging headache. It is also used for migraines as an excellent stress buster.
12. Alleviates Stress And Pain
Peppermint oil can alleviate stress and pain after a long and tiring day. Apply some drops of peppermint oil on your body and take a bath. The refreshing properties of this wonderful oil will energize you and its cooling properties will remove body pain.
13. Antiviral Agent
Since it is an anti-viral agent, peppermint oil can treat cancer and tuberculosis. Application of this oil reduces the chances of infections and outbreaks.
14. Nail Care
The antifungal properties of this essential oil can reduce fungal nail infection, when applied topically.
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Peppermint oil is a good home remedy to cure nausea. Apply peppermint oil in the diluted form on your forehead or inhale it to eliminate the effects of nausea. This gives a cooling effect, and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the pain of migraine when applied topically.
Peppermint oil gives good results in colonoscopy, gastroscopy and during a double-contrast barium enema when applied topically. This oil also has antispasmodic properties.
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17. Oral Health
It is usually added in all toothpastes for that refreshing flavor and if not, you can add it yourself. Put two drops of peppermint oil on your toothpaste and you can stay away from bad breath and toothaches. This is the best way for dental care and fighting against harmful germs.
18. Cures Urinary Tract Infection
Peppermint essential oil can cure urinary tract infections, as it will reduce the effects and frequency of UTI.
19. Improves Blood Circulation
Peppermint oil has a stimulating effect wherein it increases the blood circulation, once the vapor touches the nerve. It immediately boosts the pulse rate and oxygenates all the organs of the body. This helps to increase the metabolism and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is also very useful to avoid complications in glucose level imbalances in diabetic patients.
20. Insect Repellent
- 12 oz witch hazel
- 15 drops citronella essential oil
- 15 drops lemon grass oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
Mix witch hazel with all the other oils. Pour it in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray when required. You can apply a drop of concentrated peppermint oil to your skin or clothes. Peppermint oil acts as a repellent for most insects like mosquitoes and fleas.
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A Word Of Caution
Using peppermint oil in small amounts is considered to be safe, but in few people there may be allergic reactions. There may be mild skin irritation like itching or redness. Perform a patch test to find out if you are sensitive to this essential oil before using it.
Since it contains menthol, usage of large quantities can result in skin damage.
Pure peppermint oil is highly concentrated, and hence it should be mixed with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin.
Hope you found the article informative. Now that you know, you can tap the wonderful benefits of this oil.
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