When you think of peppermint, you probably imagine red and white striped candies rather than medicine. What you may not realize is that, while this ingredient is certainly tasty in sweets, it could also be beneficial for your health. At Clear Revive, we’re committed to helping our patients breathe, feel, and live better by harnessing the capabilities of natural ingredients. In addition to utilizing high-quality oils, extracts, and other components in our outstanding nasal spray, we’ve made it our mission to educate consumers about natural remedies. The Clear Revive team wants you to feel informed and confident when it comes to finding safe, potent remedies for whatever ails you. This starts with understanding their ingredients. In the following blog, we describe the power of peppermint oil.
Peppermint Through the Ages
People have considered peppermint a healing substance for thousands of years. According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, peppermint “has been used as a remedy for indigestion since Ancient Egyptian times. In fact, dried peppermint leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1000 B.C.” Similarly, “the ancient Greeks and Romans valued it as a stomach soother.” Peppermint became a more officially codified treatment when the “London Pharmacopoeia” listed it in 1721. Today, t’s still included “in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a remedy,” and many people around the world use it medicinally.
Peppermint for Upset Stomach
As the history of peppermint indicates, this plant and its extracts are especially helpful for stomach conditions. As per a recent article in the medical journal, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “in the most comprehensive meta-analysis to date, PO [peppermint oil] was shown to be a safe and effective therapy for pain and global symptoms in adults with IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome].” Furthermore, WebMD notes that peppermint oil “may also help indigestion and prevent spasms in the GI [gastrointestinal] tract caused by endoscopy or barium enema.” If you suffer from occasional or frequent indigestion, IBS, or a related stomach disorder, peppermint may help alleviate your symptoms.
Soothing Headaches with Peppermint
As the World Health Organization points out, “headaches are extremely common. Nearly everyone has a headache occasionally.” If you’re looking for a natural treatment to help relieve annoying headache symptoms so you can get back to work, family, or relaxation, peppermint may do the trick. According to a 2016 study published in a German journal, “local topical treatment with peppermint oil (oleum menthae piperitae) has been proven to be significantly more effective than placebo [for tension-type headaches] in controlled studies.” If you suffer from tension headaches, applying peppermint oil could help.
Peppermint’s Decongestive Benefits
If you’ve ever smelled a whiff of peppermint’s strong scent, you’ve probably already experienced its decongestive sensation. As WebMD explains, “peppermint and its main active ingredient, menthol, are natural decongestants and may even thin out the gunk in your chest. You’ll find them in many chest rubs and cough drops.” The American Sinus Institute also lists peppermint oil as an “essential oil for nasal congestion relief” and calls it “effective at relieving sinus congestion thanks to its strength and ability to overcome nearly any blockage.” The institute notes that “some oils are effective as aromatherapy agents” and “you also may apply them topically around your nose, mouth, and throat, as long as you dilute them first.” It appears that peppermint as a nasal treatment may help relieve sinus pressure and other uncomfortable symptoms of congestion.