Peppermint essential oil (Peppermint essential oil) is extracted from the stems and leaves of the mint plant. It can be extracted by various methods such as: Steam distillation, cold pressing, CO2. Peppermint essential oil has a pale yellow color and a characteristic cool scent.
It can be said that mint is an herb that has been used for a long time in many civilizations around the world. Greek mythology, folk remedies of Japan, China, and the Egyptian pyramids all contain evidence related to this plant.
Today essential oils are in common use all over the world. It is commonly used to fight nausea, improve digestive health, relieve muscle pain, and are a natural antibacterial agent.
Ingredients of menthol
Its chemical ingredients include: menthol, menthone, 1,8-cineole, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate, and pulegone.
In which, the two main ingredients with the highest activity are:
- Menthol: 50-60%
- Menthone: 10-30%
Effects of menthol
Here are the uses of peppermint essential oil or the main reasons why you should use it!
1. Relieve muscle and joint pain
This is really a safe and effective natural pain reliever. Especially it is very effective for muscle pain caused by overactive activity, muscle tension, cramps.
Lots of studies have shown the topical analgesic ability of peppermint oil. To use peppermint oil for pain relief, you can apply 2-3 drops of essential oil to the affected muscles and joints 3 times a day. Or adding about 5 drops of essential oils to the bath will also help relieve muscle pain and relax. You can also combine it with lavender essential oil if you want better results.
2. Support for treatment of upper respiratory diseases
Peppermint oil is one of the best essential oils for upper respiratory ailments. Specifically, it can help you treat some of the following conditions:
- Sore throat relief
- Reducing congestion of nose and throat caused by phlegm and mucus
- Cough relief
- Supporting treatment and relieving symptoms of diseases such as asthma, sinusitis, flu, colds, bronchitis
The study also found in peppermint oil has antibacterial compounds, antiviral and antioxidant. This means that it is capable of preventing respiratory diseases caused by infection.
3. Seasonal allergy relief
Peppermint essential oil is great for respiratory allergies. This effect is due to its ability to relax the respiratory muscles, fight inflammation, expel phlegm, and clear the nasopharynx. Can say this is the best essential oil for seasonal allergies, pollen allergy.
A study published in the European Medical Journal found that peppermint essential oil is effective in treating chronic inflammatory diseases such as allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma and colitis.
Besides, many other studies also prove that peppermint essential oil helps to reduce symptoms of itching clearly.
4. Increased energy and working efficiency
If you feel tired, lethargic, lack of energy, or lack of concentration, try peppermint oil. It will help you regain energy, improve focus as well as productivity. This is really a safe and effective alternative to the energy drinks that are selling rampant in the market.
Perhaps this effect most people feel it right because mint flavored candy is very familiar to us already!
5. Improving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
When taking essential oils in oral capsule form, you can reduce symptoms: bloating, indigestion, colic pain, diarrhea or constipation.
Thanks to its ability to reduce colonic spasm, reduce excessive contraction of intestinal muscles that peppermint oil has these effects.
To help reduce these symptoms, add 1-2 drops of 100% pure menthol to a cup of drinking water daily. You can also take 1-2 drops of essential oil and massage it on your abdomen
6. Make your breath fresh, improve your oral health
This effect probably doesn’t need much discussion! It has been around for thousands of years and you have certainly experienced mint-containing gum yourself.
This effect is due to its ability to destroy fungi, bacteria in our teeth and the characteristic cool aroma of this essential oil.
7. Reduce dandruff, stimulate hair growth
You may be wondering when you hear about this effect of peppermint essential oil? Peppermint essential oil is used in premium hair care products for its ability to repair damaged hair, stimulate hair growth, clean the scalp, and its antifungal properties. Menthol, a key ingredient in this essential oil, is also used in dandruff shampoos.
8. Beauty skin
Peppermint essential oil has soothing, firming and anti-inflammatory effects when used topically. Besides, it also helps to take care of your skin when it is sunburned. One study showed that this essential oil has a higher value (SPF – Sunscreen factor) than most other essential oils such as: Eucalyptus, rose, lavender.
9. Natural insect repellent
Unlike us humans, certain insects or small creatures dislike or even hate the scent of menthol.
You can use this essential oil to repel: Cockroaches, ants, spiders, mosquitoes or even mice.