5 Top Medicinal Uses Of Peppermint | Mentha Piperita For Skin, Hair & Health
For many of us the word peppermint will bring forth images of
candies and breath mints but this amazing herb has much more wonderful medicinal uses
other than just being used as a flavoring. It can be used for treating IBS and other stomach related issues, headache, for promoting hair growth, as an insect repellent, for treating muscular pain, respiratory problems and dental problems. Peppermint oil is also used for reducing the spasms during endoscopy. I love peppermint tea made out of fresh leaves, it is very refreshing and soothing on the stomach. Peppermint
is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint and it's botanical name is Mentha Piperita. Peppermint has a strong refreshing menthol odor and it also has anti microbial properties which is the main reason it is used so widely in dental preparations. In India peppermint is called as Pudina in Hindi and Urdu (the same name as regular mint), Milakukkirai in Tamil (though we call it mainly as Pudina), Karpuratulasi in Malayalam (not 100% sure of the name), Pipparamentu in Telugu, Peperaminta in Marathi and Gujarati. Peppermint has anti
microbial, anti viral, antioxidant, anti tumor, analgesic and anti allergic properties. We can
either use peppermint in the form of peppermint essential oil or the dried
leaves. I would suggest always stocking a bottle of peppermint essential oil at home,
it can be used in shampoos, lotions, lip balms, ointments and in remedies. If
you grow your own peppermint, dry the leaves till they are completely free of
moisture and store in an airtight box. If you have dry leaves at home, you can make peppermint tea
any time. You can also buy peppermint oil capsules which is usually consumed for treating irritable bowel syndrome though I would suggest drinking peppermint tea. But when planning on taking the capsules try to buy capsules that are enteric coated (which does not dissolve in the stomach instead dissolves in the intestines) as peppermint oil can aggravate heart burn if released in the stomach. But don't take enteric coated peppermint capsules while suffering from diarrhea and take the tablets in an empty stomach (10 minutes before food) and consume with less water to prevent breakage in the stomach. You can also easily make your own peppermint tea at home. To make the peppermint tea, boil water and pour over the required
amount of dried leaves, let steep in a tea pot for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. A very soothing tea to drink when we suffer
from irritable bowel syndrome, nausea or headache. Peppermint Side effects: Peppermint tea is usually well tolerated by everyone if taken in moderation. Peppermint essential oil is
not recommended for pregnant women and children below 8 years. Also when the oil is consumed internally, it can interfere with certain medications.....
1. Peppermint Oil For Pain Relief:
Peppermint is great for relieving sore muscles especially if combined along with other anti inflammatory ingredients like ginger. To make the massage oil, take fresh ginger root, remove the skin and pound it in a mortar and pestle. Heat 1/4 cup coconut oil with the pounded ginger to infuse and let cool. Once warm add 6 to 7 drops of peppermint essential oil. To use gently massage the affected area with this oil....
2. Peppermint Tea For IBS, Headache & Cold:
This tea is wonderful when taken when one is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. It can be had when suffering from cold or headache too. To make the peppermint tea, boil water and pour over fresh or dried leaves, let steep and strain. Add honey to taste....
3. Peppermint Oil For Hair Growth:
Peppermint oil promotes hair growth and it has been proven through scientific research. You can read the study here.Though the study was done on mice, what is very significant is peppermint oil promoted hair growth more than minoxidil which is only one of the FDA approved topical medicines for promoting hair growth! To use peppermint oil for promoting hair growth, you can massage scalp with unrefined coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil or mix in peppermint oil along with shampoo before having hair wash....
4. Peppermint Oil Mouthwash:
I would suggest you try this mouth wash at home especially if you are suffering mouth odor or bleeding gums. You can also make and store it in the refrigerator and use it daily. To make the mouth wash, pound a handful of fresh peppermint, sea salt and 3 cloves coarsely in a mortar and pestle. Boil water along with the pounded mixture, let cool and bottle it. Use it every night before going to bed, you won't be buying commercial mouthwashes again....
5. Peppermint As an Insect Repellent:
You can mix peppermint essential oil in water and use as an insecticide, it will also repel mosquitoes. You can also take the dry peppermint leaves in a muslin cloth bag along with few drops of peppermint oil and place it in cupboards and shelves to prevent insects...