15 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint is a delightful favorite of ours because of its fresh aroma and wonderful benefits. Only lavender is considered more versatile than peppermint in the variety of applications.

Peppermint oil is cooling, soothing, and rejuvenating. The most active ingredients of peppermint are menthol and menthone. Clinically speaking, it’s useful because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

There are hundreds of scientific studies on peppermint oil and it’s benefits. Let’s look at some of these top reasons you should add it to your daily routine.

1. Nausea Relief

    Peppermint oils has long been used for nausea relief. And you don’t need to ingest it to get the medicinal effects of peppermint oil on nausea. Studies have shown using peppermint oil in aromatherapy is an effective and natural way to relieve upset stomachs.  

    2. Headache Relief

    Peppermint oil has shown to be a powerful remedy against headaches. A study revealed that patients experienced significant headache relief, when peppermint and eucalyptus oils were mixed and applied to their forehead and temples.

    3. Soothe Muscle Soreness

    Peppermint oil is often added to topical pain relievers due to its powerful ability to overwhelm the senses and block pain receptors. Studies have shown that peppermint oil helps those recovering from intense exercise, soothe achy muscles and recover faster.

    4. Natural Antibacterial Cleanser

    Peppermint oil has shown in studies to be effective in killing bacteria. Peppermint oil can be added to your homemade cleaning products or diffused to help purify the air.

    5. Boost Your Immune System  

    In addition to its natural antibacterial properties, peppermint oil is also great for giving your immune system a boost! You can add peppermint to your favorite diffuser jewelry or under the guidance of your doctor add small quantities to your diet.

    6. Clear Up Sinus Issues

    Peppermint oil is great for congestion due its high menthol content. Studies have shown that inhaling peppermint oil is great for instant, natural congestion relief. Peppermint oil also helps relieve secondary symptoms such as itchiness and sneezing.

    7. Insect Repellant

    Looking for a natural way to keep mosquitos away? Harsh chemicals in my insect repellants are terrible for your health. Peppermint oil is an effective natural alternative. Try adding peppermint oil to a carrier oil or to your diffuser jewelry to keep insects away without exposing yourself or your family to terrible chemicals like DEET.

    8. Lice Treatment

    Peppermint oil, clove, cinnamon, and tea tree oils have all been proven to be effective options for treating lice. Studies have shown that peppermint oil is toxic to lice and can safely kill them.

    You can add peppermint essential oils to shampoos or vinegar mixtures to kill off head lice without harsh chemicals.

    9. Improve Focus & Energy

    Peppermint oil is great for improving focus and boosting energy. One study found that peppermint oil can improve reaction time and focus. It also saw an improvement in overall athletic performance after peppermint oil aromatherapy. Peppermint oil is full of surprises!

    10. Sooth Itchy Skin

    In a study of pregnant women who suffered from itchy skin and rashes, relief was found caused by peppermint oils cooling effects. Try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil and rub the mixture on itchy skin for fast relief.

    11. Naturally Freshen Breath

    We know peppermint is a common breath freshener but most don’t realize it’s more than just the delightful smell. Peppermint oil is beneficial to overall oral health by killing off bad bacteria. Studies have revealed that peppermint oil effectively fights oral pathogens and helps you maintain good oral health.

    12. Improve Memory

    Studies have shown that peppermint oil significantly helps cognitive performance and memory. Peppermint oil also helps prevent burnout when concentrating for long periods of time. Try diffusing peppermint oil at the office or wear it in your favorite jewelry before a big meeting or presentation.

    13. Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    While you need to be careful ingesting essential oils, many have therapeutic impacts when consumed. Peppermint oil is effective in helping those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other gut health issues. If you want to use peppermint oil for digestion issues, be sure to consult with your doctor first.

    14. Cancer Treatment

    A study of menthol, a predominant characteristic of peppermint oil, showed it had potential to reduce and stop the growth of cancerous cells. While there needs to be more studies like this on the impact of peppermint oil and cancerous cell growth, this study adds to the growing list of reasons we love peppermint oil.

    15. Promote Hair Growth

    Studies have shown that peppermint oil naturally promotes hair growth without any negative side effects. You can easily add a few drops to your shampoo and reap the benefits of peppermint oil.

    Want to enjoy the benefits of Peppermint throughout your day? Check out our beautiful essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffuser necklaces, which allow you to diffuser your favorite scents on-the-go!


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