Peppermint Oil Benefits & Features
- Peppermint Essential Oil is the volatile oil obtained from the whole plant of peppermint, Mentha piperita (L.), Labiatae (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
- Peppermint is commonly used to soothe or treat gastrointestinal tract symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel and bloating. (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
- It has antioxidant, antitumor, anti-allergic, astringent, antiseptic, antipruritic, anti-catarrhal, carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, antimicrobial, analgesic, stimulant, stomachic and rubefacient properties (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
- Peppermint has a high menthol content and is often used as a flavouring agent, and it is also popular in Aromatherapy. (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
- It has vasoconstrictive and cooling properties and is one of the main oils used as an external application for relieving muscle spasms, pain, neuralgia, headache and toothache. (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
- It has a mildly antiseptic effect which helps control the bacteria on the skin's surface. (Davis, 1988)
- It removes toxic congestion and could help treat dermatitis, ringworm, scabies and pruritus. (Seller, 1992)
- By steaming, it can clean and decongest the skin, especially for Acne. (Davis, 1988)
- The major components of peppermint oil include menthol, menthone, menthofuran and menthyl acetate representing nearly 90% of the total essential oils. (Rajinder Singh, 2011)
- As a vasoconstrictor, it cools and can relieve inflammation and sunburn. (Seller, 1992).
- Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial & antioxidant properties of Peppermint Oil provide anti-allergic effects. (Silvia Cristina Cerini Trevisan, 2017)
- Peppermint Oil induces a rapid anagen stage of the hair cycle, which is the stage where hair grows and could be used as a practical agent for hair growth. (Ji Young Oh, 2014)
- Encouraging perspiration, Peppermint oil is a good remedy for colds by halting mucus and fever as it has a dual action- cooling when hot and warming when cold. (Seller, 1992).
- It is generally helpful in respiratory disorders and dry coughs and reputedly affects asthma, bronchitis, cholera, pneumonia and tuberculosis. (Seller, 1992).
- The oil's cooling nature helps relieve anger, hysteria and nervousness. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression (Seller, 1992)
- This oil is very beneficial for women. Scanty menstruation, painful periods and mastitis could well respond to this useful oil. (Seller, 1992)
- A research study reported that Peppermint oil has effectively reduced the severity of nausea after surgery. (Hajar Pasha, 2012)
- The local topical treatment with peppermint oil has proven significantly effective in reducing tension-type headaches and migraine. (H. Göbel, 2016)
- Peppermint oil’s strong antispasmodic action makes it useful in massage for sports injuries. Anti-inflammatory activity helps with sciatica, neuralgia, and arthritis. (A. SÚSTRIKOVÁ, 2004)
- A topical peppermint oil application trial found that peppermint oil had a muscle-relaxing action. This oil can be used for toothache. (Jamile B. Taheri, 2011)
Peppermint Oil Info
History of Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is an herbaceous plant growing 30-90 cm tall. It is a sterile hybrid cross between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata. The plant is cultivated in parts of Europe, the USA, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Australia, some African countries, Brazil and Japan. (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
It is widely used as a medicinal plant. Peppermint is commonly used to soothe or treat gastrointestinal tract symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel and bloating. The plant has many properties, including antioxidant, antitumor, anti-allergic, astringent, antiseptic, antipruritic, anti-catarrhal, carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, antimicrobial, analgesic, stimulant, stomachic and rubefacient. Peppermint has a high menthol content and is often used as a flavouring agent. (Anton C. de Groot, 2016)
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AROMA & PROPERTIES: This herb of many species is a native of Europe but also grows in Japan and the USA, now the leading producer of peppermint. Like many other herbs, it was known to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans and had an intense, piercing, sharp menthol fragrance. It was a perfume component amongst the Hebrews because of its aphrodisiac properties. It also has Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antiphlogistic, Astringent, Decongestant, Febrifuge, Hepatic, Nervine, and Stomachic properties.
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Peppermint Oil Research Findings
Chemical Compounds in Peppermint Oil:
Peppermint Essential Oil skin benefits:
It has a mildly antiseptic effect which helps control the bacteria on the skin's surface. (Davis, 1988) Removing toxic congestion (Seller, 1992) through steaming can clean and decongest the skin, especially for Acne. (Davis, 1988)
It could help treat dermatitis, ringworm, scabies and pruritus. (Seller, 1992) Pruritus is one of the most typical skin infections (Lotfy T Elsaie, 2016 ), which leads to rashes, hives and itchiness. Peppermint oil can be effective in reducing the severity of such a condition. The topical treatment of chronic pruritus with peppermint oil is effective, easy to use, safe, cheap, favourable odour, and more acceptable for whom topical and systemic therapies tend to be irritating, contraindicated, or less well tolerated. This therapeutic option for chronic pruritus has excellent results and is free from toxic side effects. (Lotfy T Elsaie, 2016 )
Peppermint Essential Oil for hair:
Peppermint Essential Oil for the Body:
Encouraging perspiration, it is a good remedy for colds by halting mucus and fever as it has a dual action- cooling when hot and warming when cold. (Seller, 1992). Peppermint oil can also be steam inhaled to clear the nasal passages and sinuses. (Davis, 1988) It is helpful in respiratory disorders generally, as well as dry coughs. It reputedly affects asthma, bronchitis, cholera, pneumonia and tuberculosis. (Seller, 1992).
Peppermint is best known as a remedy for digestive upsets and has a beneficial action on the stomach, liver and intestines. It is valuable in colic, diarrhoea, indigestion, vomiting and stomach pain because of its antispasmodic action, which will relieve the smooth muscles of the stomach and gut. Drinking Peppermint tea augments the effects of massage. (Davis, 1988)
Peppermint Essential Oil for Mind:
The oil's cooling nature helps relieve anger, hysteria and nervousness. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression (Seller, 1992) through inhalation. Stimulating and strengthening character uplifts the system and is especially useful in the treatment of shock, helpful for neuralgia and relief of general debility. (Ratan, 1997)
Peppermint Essential Oil for Women/ pregnancy:
This oil is very beneficial for women. Scanty menstruation, painful periods and mastitis could well respond to this useful oil. (Seller, 1992)
Nausea and vomiting are common problems in the first half of pregnancy. Approximately 80% of women are influenced during pregnancy, significantly impacting their quality of life. The reason behind gestational nausea and vomiting still needs to be better defined. An increment in estrogen parallel probably causes nausea to increase in gonadotropin level. (Hajar Pasha, 2012)
Peppermint Essential Oil for Headaches/ Migraine:
Peppermint Essential oil for joint pain:
Peppermint essential oil has unique therapeutic properties that have been documented by use throughout history as one of the most well-known essential oils. It is a powerful diffusible stimulant. Medicines made of it may be applied both externally and internally. (A. SÚSTRIKOVÁ, 2004)
This oil is a very grateful agent to allay nausea and vomiting, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches, migraine, liver problems and arthritis. Its strong antispasmodic action makes it useful in massage for sports injuries. Anti-inflammatory activity helps with sciatica, neuralgia, and arthritis. Peppermint oil, on account of the menthol present in it, is a local anaesthetic and may be employed to relieve local pain, such as in the inflamed joints of rheumatism, as a spray in painful inflammation of the throat and fauces, and in any painful condition where a direct application of the anaesthetic can be made. (A. SÚSTRIKOVÁ, 2004)
Peppermint oil for toothache:
How to use:
- Add 3-4 drops of essential oil to the diffuser.
- Applied topically on the skin with carrier oil. Add 2-3 drops.
- Add 2-3 drops to shampoo or conditioner.
- Massage into the scalp with coconut or almond oil while showering. Add 2-3 drops.
- Add 5-10 drops to the warm water bath.
- Ingests orally in tablet or capsule form. (Always consult a doctor before consuming peppermint oil in any form).
- Use as a pesticide.
A powerful and overwhelming aroma, so it should be taken with dosage. The best use is in infusers rather than massage, though it might be okay in local areas. However, it is likely to irritate the skin and mucous membranes and should be kept away from the eyes. (Seller, 1992)
Peppermint should not be used if any homoeopathic remedies are being taken and must be stored far away from such treatments, as it can antidote them. (Davis, 1988)
Do not use peppermint in the evening, as it can cause wakefulness. Using it over long periods is unwise, as the stimulant effect is cumulative, and it may cause considerable disturbance of the regular sleep pattern. (Davis, 1988)
Frequently Asked Questions:
- A. SÚSTRIKOVÁ, I. Š. (2004). Essential oil of peppermint (Mentha × piperita L.)from fields in Eastern Slovakia. Retrieved from https://www.agriculturejournals.cz/pdfs/hor/2004/01/07.pdf
- Aleksandar Radivojac, O. B. (2021, May 13). Extraction of Peppermint Essential Oils and Lipophilic Compounds: Assessment of Process Kinetics and Environmental Impacts with Multiple Techniques. doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26102879
- Anna Herman, A. P. ( 2016,, August 20 ). Mechanism of action of herbs and their active constituents used in hair loss treatment. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fitote.2016.08.008
- Anton C. de Groot, E. S. (2016). Essential oils contact allergy and chemical composition.
- Davis, P. (1988). Aromatherapy An A-Z (1st ed.). The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd.
- Farzaneh Safajou, N. S. (2020, 1 Sep). The Effect of Combined Inhalation Aromatherapy with Lemon and Peppermint on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: A Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial. doi: doi: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_11_19
- H. Göbel, A. H.-K. (2016, April 22 ). Peppermint oil in the acute treatment of tension-type headache. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00482-016-0109-6
- Hajar Pasha, F. B. (2012). Study of the Effect of Mint Oil on Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy. doi:DOI: 10.5812/ircmj.3477
- Hui Zhao, S. R. (2022., August 19 ). Peppermint essential oil: its phytochemistry, biological activity, pharmacological effect and application. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2022.113559
- Jamile B. Taheri, S. A. ( 2011, December). Herbs in dentistry. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00064.
- Ji Young Oh, M. A. (2014, December 30). Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs. doi:https://link.springer.com/article/10.5487/TR.2014.30.4.297
- Ji Young Oh, M. A. (2014 , Dec). Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs. doi:doi: 10.5487/TR.2014.30.4.297
- Ljiljana P. Stanojević, Ž. M.-B. (2018, Sep ). Chemical Composition and Antibacterial Activity of the Essential Oil of Menthae piperitae L. doi:DOI:10.7251/QOL1801005M
- Lotfy T Elsaie, A. M.-E. ( 2016 , Oct 11). Effectiveness of topical peppermint oil on symptomatic treatment of chronic pruritus. doi:doi: 10.2147/CCID.S116995
- Marjan Akhavan Amjadi, F. M. (2012, November). The Effect of Peppermint Oil on Symptomatic Treatment of Pruritus in Pregnant Women. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3813175/
- Rajinder Singh, M. A. ( 2011, January 22 ). Antibacterial and antioxidant activities of Mentha piperita L. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arabjc.2011.01.019
- Ratan, D. R. (1997). Hand book of Aromatherapy (1st ed.). Institute of Holistic Health Sciences.
- Sellar, W. (1992). The Directory of Essential Oils (1st ed.).
- Silvia Cristina Cerini Trevisan, A. P. (2017, 01 13). PROPERTIES OF MENTHA PIPERITA: A BRIEF REVIEW. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sandra-Barbalho/publication/317290799_PROPERTIES_OF_MENTHA_PIPERITA_A_BRIEF_REVIEW/links/5930af11a6fdcc89e7845f37/PROPERTIES-OF-MENTHA-PIPERITA-A-BRIEF-REVIEW.pdf
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