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The Many Uses Of Wintergreen And Peppermint


Author: Nate S.
Skill: Healer
Date: 07-14-2010
Views: 43,689
Word Count: 523
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 4466-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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I have been having some deep soreness in my knees lately, especially when I am hiking down hills. This has grown bothersome, so I have started to work on it with my oils. When it is really sore, I take 4-5 drops of Wintergreen, 4-5 drops of Peppermint and rub it all over my knee. The pain relief kicks in within several minutes, and lasts for hours and hours.

Wintergreen is amazing for sore joints and muscles. Along with its analgesic effects, Wintergreen also has anti-rheumatic, antitussive, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue and stimulant properties.

Wintergreen is often included in formulas to open the airways; deep inhalation of its bright aroma can clear the sinuses and stimulate the mind. Wintergreen blends nicely with the Ravensara oil blend and/or Eucalyptus for this effect.

The health benefits of Peppermint oil include the following:

Indigestion: Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion. Often people put a few drops of Peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It is carminative and therefore helps in removing gas. Peppermint oil is a good tonic for those who have a low appetite. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach. Preliminary research has proved that Peppermint oil with the combination of caraway oil can be used for heartburn.

Dental Care: Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches.

Respiratory Problems: Menthol, which is present in abundance in Peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract. It is an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief in numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. As a result, it is used in numerous cold rubs. When these cold rubs are rubbed on the chest, they remove nasal and respiratory congestion immediately.

Nausea and Headache: Peppermint oil is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying Peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to help with alertness.

Stress: Like most other essential oils, Peppermint is able to provide relief from stress and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of Peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome. This has been validated through preliminary scientific research though the exact mechanism is still unknown.

Antispasmodic: Peppermint oil is very effective for gastroscopy, colonoscopy and during double-contrast barium enema. It is applied intraluminally. Further benefits of Peppermint oil due to its antispasmodic properties are being studied.

Pain Relief: Peppermint oil can be used externally for providing relief from pain. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in Peppermint oil aids in removing pain. It is cooling in nature and therefore helps reduce fever.

Blood Circulation: It also improves blood circulation.

Hair Care: Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head.

Skin Care: Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is good for skin. It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: respiratory — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: respiratory — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: respiratory,indigestion — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
4.Associated topics: indigestion — "Gastroprotective effects of Lemon essential oil: In ethanol model, CL (citrus lemon) and LIM (limonene) [component of Lemon] demonstrated 100% of gastroprotection.... In the indomethacin model, CL and LIM offered effective gastroprotection...."Link
5.Associated topics: respiratory — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
6.Associated topics: muscle-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
7.Associated topics: depression — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
8.Associated topics: depression,indigestion — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link

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