The essential oil of peppermint (mint) has been used in medicine for centuries, for problems with the respiratory tract and digestion. It can also be used to improve oral health, nails, hair and skin. It helps to cough up and clear the airways. Also, it helps with the digestive problems, by helping food to digest and relieves stomach cramps in a gentle and natural way. Mint oil also has powerful anti-inflammatory effect and acts as a carminative. Some recent studies suggest that it can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Since mint oil has a proven antiseptic and antibacterial, it can help destroy harmful microorganisms in the mouth and thus protect teeth from decay. It also helps to remove an unpleasant smell from the mouth. Here’s how to make a mouthwash: drizzle 3-4 drops of essential mint oil in half a glass of clean water and rinse your mouth. If you add a little baking soda, it will help you to whiten your teeth.
Mint oil is very often added to the commercial shampoos and hair conditioners. It relieves irritation, restores the scalp and promotes hair growth. As it has a cooling effect it can bring a sense of refreshment. Here’s how you can make a natural shampoo: in 2 dl of purified water, add 10 drops of mint, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 10 tablespoons of baking soda and 1.8 dl aloe vera gel and mix everything well. Keep it in a glass bottle. This is far more nutritious than commercial shampoos, and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
A lot of people suffer from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and alopecia. Although these are not so serious diseases, they can be extremely unpleasant. Mint oil can help, as it has antifungal properties. Simply lubricate the infected area once or twice a day until the infection clears.
Mint oil is great for those who would like a younger looking skin. Because it acts as an astringent, it can prevent the clogging of pores. It helps in cooling the skin and makes darkened parts lighter. It is also good for cleansing the face. In natural medicine it is also used to treat acne. For facial cleansing, you can use a simple solution of essential mint oil and water. If you add aloe vera gel and a little apple cider vinegar to the solution it will work more efficiently.