Peppermint oil is commonly used as a flavoring agent in fragrances and candy, but it also contains many health benefits. Derived from the peppermint plant and a cross between spearmint and watermint, peppermint oil is used for multiple health conditions. Historically, peppermint oil is known at the world’s oldest medicine, due to its many uses. Also, there is evidence that reveals that peppermint oil has an ability to treat indigestion, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, and pain relief. The natural oil also contains many minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron.

 

Benefits of Peppermint Oil:

Digestion

Peppermint oil is able to pass through the stomach and then dissolve into the intestines, which helps individuals who suffer from common IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, and gas. Placing a few drops of peppermint oil in water and drinking after a meal can help relieve some uncomfortable digestive problems. It can also help those you have upset stomachs and nausea.

 

Pain Relief

The presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil has be proven to relieve pain from affected areas. If you are suffering from a wound or in the healing process, try applying peppermint oil to the area to reduce any swelling and pain. Also, because of its cooling properties, peppermint oil can reduce fever.

 

Immunity

Known to have a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, peppermint oil can also help improve your immune system. It contains menthol, camphor, and carvacrol, which protect from dangerous bacteria strains like E. Coli and salmonella.

 

Sources:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-peppermint-oil.html

 

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