Where does peppermint oil come from?

peppermint oil1 Peppermint Oil Uses

The botanical name of peppermint is mentha piperita.  Peppermint oil is derived by steam distillation from the peppermint plant, a cross between spearmint and water mint, which grows in North America and Europe.  The oil is clear with a slight tinge of yellow coloring.  Its main element is menthol, with its heady fresh, minty scent and the notable cooling sensation, when touched or tasted.  There is evidence of the oil being used for thousands of years even in Egyptian tombs.

Health benefits of peppermint oil uses:

Peppermint oil uses are widely varied as the oil is versatile non-toxic non-irritating oil.   Here are some of the peppermint oil uses from head to toe.

Being antiseptic in nature, peppermint oil massaged on the scalp helps to remove dandruff and head lice in addition to its usual soothing cooling effect.

For relief from headaches, inhale a few drops of peppermint oil sprinkled onto a handkerchief or dabbed on your wrists.

Applied to your face, peppermint oil keeps pimples away making blemish free healthy skin.

To relive nasal congestion from a cold, rub peppermint oil on the chest or add a few drops to a vaporizer.

Get rid of toothaches and bad breath when adding a couple drops of peppermint oil to your toothpaste.  The oil has also been used in the treatment of gum disease.

The menthol in peppermint oil will help clear the respiratory tract.  Acting as an expectorant it provides relief during a bout of coughs and colds, along with more serious asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and tuberculosis.  The oil has also been used for vertigo and fainting.

Use peppermint oil for indigestion by adding a few drops in a glass of warm water and drinking it after your meal.  The oil helps to ease bowel spasms, dispel gas, Cholera, irritable bowel syndrome, colic, morning sickness, diarrhea and nausea.  As well as being the best antidote for an upset stomach.

The cooling properties of peppermint oil benefit by removing muscle pain.  It has also been used to treat rheumatism, aching feet, menstrual pain, and neuralgia.

Many skin problems such as inflammation, itchiness, scabies, dermatitis, ringworm, and sunburn can be helped with a peppermint oil treatment as well.

Peppermint oil is also used topically to treat stress.  At the end of a grueling, long and tiring day, treat yourself to a soak in the bath or shower after applying some drops of peppermint oil to your body.  The energized results are due to the refreshing properties of the oil.

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Are there any side effects of peppermint oil?

Peppermint oil should not be used in children younger than 8 years.  It may cause side effects such as heartburn and may interact with certain medications. So it's important to let your doctor or pharmacist know if you're using peppermint oil.

Other peppermint oil uses:

There are aromatherapy benefits from the refreshing stimulation of peppermint oil being used as a mental stimulant and aiding in concentration.

Essential peppermint oil is found in body products such as bath salts and oils, lotions, creams, soaps, and shampoos.

Of course, peppermint candy is loved by one and all.  It is also used in many food and drink products flavoring everything from tea and chewing gum, to chocolate and ice cream.  Peppermint oil flavors baked goods as well as cocktails.  

Peppermint oil has also been used repelling for insects and rodents.  Go to the peppermint oil mice page for more information.