Peppermint and its Multiple Uses
by: Dental Assistant Team
Peppermint is from the mint family. Mint flavor is commonly use in dental products such as toothpaste, rinse, or floss. I wanted to write about the properties and health benefits of peppermint as I have been able to experience them first hand through my use of essential oils and fresh mint, which I consume quite often.
You might know there are about 25 different species of mint. It contains, vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese. Mint is also high in chlorophyll (as you must know by now, I love my greens).
Mint as an essential oil is thought to have many properties including: antibacterial, analgesic, anticarcinogen, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and invigorating.
My experience with peppermint essential oil has been very positive and I want to share it.
I have used it to reduce fever on my daughter several times with great success by just applying the oil on the bottom of her feet. Her fever was not only reduced but gone all together within hours. (I find that it sometimes takes a few application if the fever is strong).
I have soothed unpleasant mosquito bites by just applying the oil directly on the bites, as well as on sea lice! It gives you a mild rush of heat at first as you apply it on the skin and then turns into a cooling sensation that relieves the discomfort of that crazy itch some bites give you.
I also apply it on my temples and neck for headaches, and you can try it on the jaw if you are suffering from TMJ.
Peppermint oil is considered "hot" so it is advised to try it on a small area of your skin first. If necessary, it can be diluted with vegetable oil. Diluted peppermint oil will conserve its properties.
When I have an upset stomach I put a drop in my tea (or any beverage I'm drinking). Alternatively I will apply some oil directly on my stomach. I find it works either way.
Having that urge to eat a mint candy because of bad breath? Here again, one drop on your tongue and the issue it is fixed! But remember it will be a hot sensation first, followed by a cooling sensation!
For patients who want to try essential oils, I have held a bottle of essential oil by some patients' noses when they were congested and had a difficult time during dental work, and got them some much needed relief from the congestion.
Keep peppermint oil away from your eyes, because it is very strong and will make your eyes very watery.
And when I need a little "pick me up", instead of caffeine I drink water with a little peppermint. It gives me a boost without having to worry about the negative effects of consuming too much caffeine.
As for fresh mint in your food... You can sprinkle some in your salad, juice leaves in your smoothies, or vegetable juices. Sprinkle chopped fresh mint on your dishes, be creative. I use it as I would use fresh parsley.
I also enjoy mint leaves as an infusion. Just boil water and fill your mug with leaves. Let it simmer, and drink up! It feels good after a big meal, or just because you want it.
Side note: as with any supplement or oil. Always check with your doctor and dermatologist to protect yourself against allergies and other medical concerns.
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Article date: Sep. 30 2013
Type: Aromatherapy And Essential Oils
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County