Nov 27

Peppermint Oil for the Holidays and for Reducing Daytime Sleepiness

Happy Holidays! This article could be a life saver for all of us this holiday season. The stress, the hustle and bustle, we need all the help we can get. Let’s face it there is no room for daytime sleepiness on our agenda. Peppermint oil to the rescue!

Please keep in mind peppermint oil is not the same as an extract that you would use for cooking or baking purposes. Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled directly from the plant while the extract is primarily peppermint flavored alcohol. Go for the real thing.     peppermint 2

Listed are a couple of suggestions using peppermint oil for the holidays and throughout the year to uplift your mood, increase your energy level and calm your nerves.

  • Feel like a bath, a few drops of peppermint essential in the bath water will work wonders

  • Out and about rub some peppermint oil on your temples to help relieve stress

  • Spend the evening with peppermint essential oil aromatherapy and let the aroma fill the room promoting all kinds of good feelings, thoughts and over-all well-being

  • Let’s not leave out a massage with peppermint essential oil inducing relaxation plus

Peppermint oil was used as a folk or traditional remedy for nausea, indigestion, cold symptoms, headaches, muscle and nerve pain, stomach problems, and bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Essential oil of peppermint may be found in very small doses in capsule or liquid forms. The essential oil can also be diluted with other oils, such as carrier oils, and applied to the skin.

Today, peppermint oil is used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, and respiratory infections. It is also used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and bile ducts, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, and gas. Some people also use peppermint for menstrual problems, liver and gallbladder complaints, preventing spasms during endoscopy procedures, and as a stimulant.

Peppermint oil may also be applied to the skin for headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections, relaxing the colon during barium enemas, and for repelling mosquitoes.

In foods and beverages, peppermint is a common flavoring agent.

In manufacturing, peppermint oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics, and as a flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals.

How exciting – research to substantiate peppermint essential oil in reducing daytime sleepiness.

This study was undertaken to ascertain whether peppermint oil could limit the increase in sleepiness. The researchers enrolled 20 undergraduate students from Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom and were randomly assigned to 2 groups: the control group (no peppermint oil) and the experiment group (using peppermint oil).

For the experimental group subjected to peppermint oil, a fixed low concentration of the oil was placed on an aroma pad near their nostril prior to the participant entering the room.

The results were in conditions where there would be a chance of increased sleepiness, both groups had an increase in sleepiness. However, the increase in sleepiness was significantly lower in the peppermint group.

The researchers concluded that this study does support the claim that peppermint oil can ward off sleepiness. So, let’s go get some peppermint essential oil!

Study Link

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