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The Many Uses Of Peppermint


Author: Jessica V.
Date: 11-13-2010
Views: 5,354
Word Count: 206
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 4873-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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When using Peppermint for the first time, test for sensitivity. For sensitive skin you may need several drops of pure vegetable/ olive oil. If the Peppermint oil feels irritating add more vegetable/ olive oil to the area. Keep away from your eyes. To test whether or not it is too strong to ingest directly, put a drop on a spoon and taste just a little bit. I personally have no issues with full strength Peppermint oil.

When I have a headache, I like to use Peppermint oil. I use a few drops on my neck along the spine all the way to where my spine meets my head. I also rub some into the soft spots on my head (around the ears, base of the head, temple area - stay away from your eyes - I apply it well into my hairline).

I also like to apply Peppermint oil to sore muscles and joints. The oil has a great cooling sensation.

When I have a stuffy nose, I place a drop or two on my tongue. I Sometimes I also apply Peppermint and Thieves oil to my chest/neck area before bedtime.

Sometimes I add a drop of Peppermint oil to a bottle of water. It tastes refreshing and cool.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: lungs-/-pulmonary — "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: lungs-/-pulmonary — "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: headache — "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
4.Associated topics: headache — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
5.Associated topics: headache — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
6.Associated topics: headache — "We report on a patient whose severe post-ECT headaches responded completely to methyl salicylate [wintergreen] ointment, applied to the area of his temporalis and masseter muscles. Topical methyl salicylate is generally well tolerated and may be a viable option for some patients with post-ECT headache."Link
7.Associated topics: congestion-/-mucus-/-phlegm,headache — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
8.Associated topics: headache — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link

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