It has a soothing and calming effect on the body. Pharyngitis, dry cough and common cold are very effectively treated by peppermint oil.
There are many herbal medicines and peppermint is the one with a variety of uses. Menthol is one of the important constituent of Peppermint oil. It has a soothing and calming effect on the body. Pharyngitis, dry cough and common cold are very effectively treated by peppermint oil. This oil can also be rubbed on the forehead and temple to get relief from headache. It provides a soothing effect to skin affected by poison hives and ivy. Peppermint can also be added to tea and an anxious person can get relief from anxiety effectively. The peppermint oil has also been used successfully for the treatment of fever, muscular pain and tooth aches. It also improves the bowel and hence, good digestion takes place. Apart from these, menstrual cycle related cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and flatulence are also treated. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses such as Herpes. Peppermint may also be used in the treatment of gallstones.
Peppermint plant is also used as an important ingredient of tea, ice-cream, chewing gum and toothpaste. It has also found a place in the shampoos as these provide a cooling effect to the scalp and skin. Peppermint is available in many forms such as tea, cream, capsule and ointment. Menthol is the active constituent of peppermint and it is extracted by drying and steeping the peppermint leaves. This menthol derived is added to tea for better aid to digestion. Peppermint tea has become very popular in recent days due its health benefits. If you can’t raise Peppermint plant then you can buy them as they are commercially available in the market.
As any other herbal plant, these peppermint plants also do have side effects on the body. Hence, precautionary measures must be taken. For example, in people suffering from GERD or Gastro-Esophagal Reflux Dis-order, peppermint oil relaxes the sphincter as a result of which the occurrence of reflux increases and worsens the condition. Hence, doctor advice is necessary. It is also contra-indicated in people having liver and gall-bladder problems. Few of its side effects are mouth swelling, skin rashes, muscle tremors, ulcerations and hives. It is also highly alerted for pregnant mothers. The peppermint oil has been closely evaluated by FAD. Physician’s advice is always necessary. It may sometimes react with other drugs and bring about unwanted results to the body. But nevertheless, the peppermint oil has many benefits on the health.