Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita L) is a naturally-occurring substance derived from the peppermint plant (M. balsamea Willd). The peppermint specie, a hybrid of the spearmint and watermint plants, is indigenous to North America, Western Europe and Australia. Since ancient times, peppermint oil has been highly sought-after, not only as a delicious flavoring agent, but more significantly, for its medicinal properties.
It has been long accepted that peppermint essential oil possesses enormous medicinal benefits for humans, both physically and mentally. While these claims used to be scoffed at by the medical community, there has been an increasing number of scientific studies proving the tremendously positive effects of peppermint essential oil. Some of the most prominent studies involving peppermint oil include:
In a 2009 study by the University of Helsinki (Phenolic profile and antioxidant evaluation of Mentha x piperita L. (peppermint) extracts), Dr. Damien Dorman and his Pharmaceutical Biology team successfully demonstrated that peppermint extracts possess significant levels of iron-chelating activity and hydroxyl free radical scavenging behaviors, indicating the plant’s natural antioxidant properties.
Remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Constipation
German biotech company TIGO GmbH conducted a groundbreaking clinical trial in 2004 involving 651 patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. After treatments ranging from two to four weeks, 58% of the patients categorized the trial as an “overall success.” Since then, the results have been replicated in several other studies, conclusively proving the potency of peppermint essential oil in the treatment of IBS.
- (b) Increasing Cognitive Performance
Using a battery of computerized assessment tests, researchers from the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit of the University of Northumbria, England, discovered that peppermint oil aroma can provably enhance the memory and alertness of trial participants! Peppermint oil is one of the few natural ingredients in the world capable of doing this.
Other beneficial effects of peppermint essential oil have been observed, including in patients suffering from heartburn, migraine, headache, nausea, halitosis, and lung infections. It has also aided patients recovering from surgery, specifically in improving ease of breathing.
How to use
The Peppermint Organic Essential Oil can be utilized in a variety of ways. We have appended below some of the more common usage tips to get you started.
Place a few drops on your neck and shoulders and massage the area lightly. You will feel the soothing effect once the oil is absorbed into your skin and the aroma reaches your nose.
Halitosis/ Bad breath
Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with water and lime juice. Stir lightly and drink slowly. Repeat the process a couple of times daily. It will also improve your digestion and colonic motions. For the ladies, this same method can be used to reduce stomach cramps.
Skin and body revitalizer
At the end of a long day, mix a little essential oil into your bathwater. Soak yourself in for a refreshing and revitalizing experience!
Chase away the clammy and musky air!
Just add your peppermint essential oil and some water into a spray bottle and start spraying around the house. Within minutes, your house will feel fresher and more welcoming. As mentioned earlier, the aroma is also capable of increasing memory and alertness. As a bonus, bugs, insects and small rodents generally stay away from peppermint oil.
Cuts, Bites and Rashes
The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of peppermint essential oil is perfect for small cuts, mosquito bites or rashes. Just trickle some on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for instant relief.
The two largest elements of peppermint essential oil are menthol and menthone, at 40.7% and 23.4% respectively. Other trace elements that can be found include menthyl acetate, cineole, limonene, beta-pinene and beta-caryophyllene.
How to identify good Peppermint Oil?
Identifying good quality peppermint oils is not always easy. However, as a general rule of thumb, pay attention to the smell and consistency of the oil. Peppermints have an earthy and unique herb-like smell – they don’t smell like mint candy. In addition, peppermint oil extracts feel like oil, not lotion or soap.
Essential oils should always be stored in a tightly closed container and placed in a cool and darkened area away from direct sunlight. Ambient temperatures should also remain stable and not fluctuate sharply between extreme cold and heat. Properly stored, your peppermint essential oil can be safely used for up to two years.
While there are no known dangerous side effects of peppermint essential oil, users must always exercise caution, especially if they are pregnant or taking other prescribed drugs. If in doubt, seek the advice of your doctor.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Mentha x piperita | Liovena
Liovena’s premium organic peppermint essential oil is a natural remedy to various ailments and discomforts including stress, constipation and bad breath.