• Tristin Hunter

Essential Oils: Peppermint

Updated: Aug 5

A hybrid plant derived from a cross between Water Mint and Spearmint, Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is native to Europe and North America.

By harvesting Peppermint leaves and putting them through a steam distilling process, we can make Peppermint Oil, a popular Essential Oil.


This oil can be helpful with IBS symptoms, tension headaches, and even for a boost of energy.


TN Scientific uses Peppermint Oil in their BUMP Inhalers because of its unique ability to give you a boost of energy! Use BUMP Inhalers to provide your nose cooling, Euphoric Sensations.


History


Greek, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations mention the use of the Peppermint plant in their records. The Greeks and Romans used it as a stomach soother, and, similarily, Egyptians used it for indigestion.


Surprisingly enough, despite its history of healing use, the Peppermint plant was not even considered a type of mint until the 1700s.


It was after this, during the 18th Century, that Western Europe used Peppermint as a medicinal remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections, and even menstrual disorders.


Properties of Peppermint


Although primarily cultivated for its oil, a whole Peppermint plant is useful for its healing properties. The oil found on the underside of the Peppermint leaves and contains most of the plant's active ingredients.

Menthyl acetate gives the plant its minty aroma and flavor. The leaves and flowers contain menthone and menthol, giving the oil its cooling sensation. Peppermint is also antibacterial, making it great to take to help flu and cold symptoms.


The menthol content in a peppermint plant determines its quality. The higher the menthol, the better the quality. The menthol content varies on climate and habitat. On average, American Peppermint is 50-78% Menthol, European Peppermint is 60-70% Menthol, and Japanese Peppermint is 85%.


Uses & Benefits of Peppermint Oil


Since Ancient Greek and Roman times, Peppermint has aided in alieving cold symptoms and indigestion. By cultivating Peppermint oil, we now know many other uses for it.


For a tension headache, rub a few drops of Peppermint oil onto your temples, forehead, or over your sinuses.

To alleviate your cold symptoms, massage a few drops onto your chest, or use it in your humidifier. Peppermint will break up your congestion, get rid of your cough, and even make bronchitis symptoms lessen.


For stress, combine Peppermint and Lavendar into a warm bath.


For any sore muscles, especially after a workout, massage some Peppermint into the problem areas.


Perhaps the most compelling use of Peppermint is the ability to improve your mental clarity and raise your energy levels. Yes, Peppermint is an all-natural energy booster. That sharp burst of energy you get from inhaling Peppermint is precisely why TN Scientific has included it in the BUMP Inhaler formula.


Peppermint Oil and IBS


1 in 5 adults suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.

IBS is a common condition, but not a well-understood one. The symptoms can be hard for someone - patients and doctors alike- to identify. IBS affects your large intestine and causes abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and constipation.


This intestinal disorder has no cure, but man treatment options, including Peppermint. By taking this herb in capsule form, it can block the flow of calcium going into the muscle cells of the large intestine, reducing muscle contractions.


When taking Peppermint as a supplement, always be aware that it can be dangerous to the kidneys in excessive dosage.


Peppermint Oil and Headaches


Since 1879, Peppermint has been considered a cure for headaches. It was only in 1996 that a German study firmly concluded that it was.


In this study, scientists created a simple formula of ethanol solution with 10% of Peppermint oil. Using 1000 mg Tylenol as a placebo, scientists moved forward with the experiment.


The Peppermint and Tylenol both began to work within 15 minutes. They also seemed to have equal pain relief, proving that taking Peppermint in place of Tylenol makes for a marvelous all-natural, pain-relieving substitution.


Summary


Since Ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian times, the Peppermint plant has been considered a cure-all for digestive disorders and the relieving of cold symptoms. Not even considered a type of mint until the 1700s, West Europeans also began to use it as a medicinal remedy for a variety of indigestion issues.


Presently, we've begun to use Peppermint Oil as a cure-all for digestive conditions such as IBS, stress, aches and pains, and even a for a source of all-natural energy.


Use the TN Scientific BUMP Inhaler to get a fresh whiff of amazing Peppermint scent and a sharp burst of energy!


All of the TN Scientific BUMP Inhalers include Peppermint. Check them out!


BUMP Inhaler Pink with Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Frankincense is an all-natural, earthy scent that gives you Euphoric Sensations!


BUMP Green Inhaler with Green Tea Oil, Cherry Blossom, and Lavender Vanilla is a lighter, sweeter scent guaranteed to make the senses tingle and give you Euphoric Sensations!


BUMP Blue Inhaler with Mango, Lemon, and Coconut Oil is a scent that sends you off to paradise! This tropical scent pairs well with the energy-boosting flavors of Peppermint, giving you Euphoric Sensations!



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Peppermint Oil (2016, September). In National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermintoil


Seladi-Schulman, J. (2019, April 25). About Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits. In Healthline. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-peppermint-oil#forms


Wurges, J., & Odle, T. (2020, January 21). Peppermint. In Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved from https://www.encyclopedia.com/plants-and-animals/plants/plants/peppermint


Sarao, C. (n.d.). Is Peppermint Oil Antibacterial or Antifungal?. In Leaf. Retrieved from https://www.leaf.tv/7487714/is-peppermint-oil-antibacterial-or-antifungal/


Singh, R., Muftah, S., & Belkheir, A. (2011, January 11). Antibacterial and antioxidant activities of Mentha piperita L. In Science Direct. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878535211000232


Peppermint Oil as a Tylenol Alternative for Headaches (2018, December 9). In Organic Olivia. Retrieved from https://www.organicolivia.com/2018/12/peppermint-oil-as-a-tylenol-alternative-for-headaches/


Gobel, H., Fresenius, J., Heinze, A., Dworschak, M., & Soyka, D. (1996, August). [Effectiveness of Oleum menthae piperitae and paracetamol in therapy of headache of the tension type]. In NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8805113

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