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 – 100% pure essential oil.
Listed are a couple of suggestions using peppermint oil throughout the year to uplift your mood, increase your energy level, calm your nerves and maybe even lose a few pounds.
Feel like a bath, a few drops of peppermint essential oil 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.
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 is becoming one of the best essential oils for weight loss.
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.
We will not dwell too long on weight management because we are all too well aware of what it is. You can’t watch television without seeing something on this subject. None the less keeping a healthy weight is crucial. If you are underweight, overweight, or obese, you may have a higher risk of certain health problems. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.
A weight-control strategy might include:
Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods
Eating smaller portions
Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
Being physically active
Now let’s see how peppermint oil can help with losing weight.
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of peppermint oil on healthy volunteers. A single capsule of peppermint essential oil (182 mg) or placebo was administered to the subjects in a randomized controlled crossover design. The results were peppermint oil reduced the subjects’ appetite, thereby, indicating that peppermint oil could be used for losing weight with no adverse effects.