Peppermint oil is sometimes referred to as the world's oldest medicine because of its use in the treatment of illness throughout history. Peppermint oil is full of nutrients and its healing properties have been scientifically studied. Peppermint oil is beneficial to the health in a variety of ways.
Aids in Digestion
Peppermint oil helps to alleviate gas pain in many users. It also helps to calm nausea and stomach upset.
Keeps Teeth Healthy
According to Organic Facts website (see Resources), peppermint oil helps to eliminate germs in the mouth and on the teeth. This oil can also help freshen bad breath.
Helps Respiratory Problems
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which helps to loosen phlegm and relieves symptoms of colds, asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Peppermint oil applied to the head can help take away a headache, according to Dr. Kristie Leong. This may be because it helps relax and soothe muscles in the body.
Improves Immune System
Peppermint oil may help prevent disease from occurring, according to the Organic Facts website. Although there are no scientific studies on it, many believe peppermint oil can make the immune system stronger and healthier.
People who sell peppermint oil as a folk remedy claim it opens blood vessels as it relaxes smooth muscle. This supposedly makes it easier for blood to flow more efficiently. While it may work, there are no reliable medical studies to support the contention.