Sunday, 2 April 2017

35 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Oil

35 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Oil

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35 Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

Some of the uses below involve ingesting essential oils. Before swallowing essential oil of any kind, you must consult your naturopath and choose high-quality food-grade essential oils. If you have any doubt about the quality of your essential oil, simply don’t ingest it.

1. Cooling down

In need of a cool breeze on a windless day? Applying a drop of peppermint oil to the back of your neck and temples (be sure not to get the oil too close to your eyes!). The menthol in peppermint acts on the cold receptors in your skin without actually changing your internal temperature. Just make sure to stay hydrated too to replenish any fluids you lost from sweating.

2. Headache

This is probably the most well-known use for peppermint oil, and one of the best researched. By applying peppermint oil to the forehead, temples, and back of the neck (if needed), you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of even the worst tension headache.
Diluted peppermint essential oil reduced headache symptoms just as effectively as Tylenol in clinical trials, and nearly twice as fast (3)! Tylenol takes an average of 30 minutes to take effect, while peppermint oil relieves headaches in less than 15 minutes.

3. Migraines

Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows that migraines are not “just a headache”. Peppermint oil may just be the holy grail of natural migraine treatments. In clinical trials, the menthol in peppermint oil proves incredibly effective in relieving migraine pain (4).
Additionally, and unlike traditional migraine treatments, peppermint oil relieves the other symptoms of migraines with no side effects! For example, peppermint oil alleviated the nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound that accompanies most migraines. For best results, combine the topical application of peppermint essential oil with lavender essential oil.

4. Bad Breath

One of the oldest natural remedies for bad breath (aka halitosis) is to chew on peppermint leaves. While this is still practiced in some parts of the world, the accessibility of peppermint essential oil makes things a bit more convenient (and eliminates pesky peppermint leaf pieces that get stuck in your teeth)!
Peppermint oil works on bad breath in a few different ways. First of all, the powerful, wonderful-smelling compounds in peppermint instantly freshen your breath. Long term, peppermint oil a powerful antifungal and antiseptic, so peppermint oil will kill the germs that contribute to bad breath in the first place.
To use, simply place a drop of peppermint essential oil on or under your tongue for instant minty freshness.

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