What is peppermint oil?

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Approximately 40 different compounds are contained in peppermint  oil, which has its refreshing properties because of menthol. It is an essential oil found around the globe and comes from the leaves of the peppermint plant.

There are several forms of peppermint oil, including:

  • enteric-coated capsules, which contain a small amount of peppermint oil in a special coating
  • peppermint extracts, which have a low concentration
  • pure peppermint essential oil, which is most highly concentrated

Extract vs Oil

Between the 2, peppermint oil has a much stronger and more intense flavour. In fact, The Cook’s Thesaurus states that you need to use four times as much extract as peppermint oil to get the same effect in a recipe. Peppermint essential oil is so concentrated that the menthol in it can cause an allergic reaction if left on the skin.

Peppermint oil is be made by soaking peppermint leaves and stems in alcohol and letting it absorb the oil. Extracts are created when essential oils are combined with a medium – usually alcohol – that helps carry its essence. Technically, peppermint extract is peppermint oil diluted in alcohol, or peppermint-flavoured alcohol, if you will.

Peppermint oil, on the other hand, is obtained by steam distillation, in which producers expose the plant to high temperature, high-pressure steam. Peppermint oil producers get it by exposing the plant to heat and pressure. During the steaming process, the oil evaporates out of the plant. After cooling and condensing, the resultant vapor, a mixture of steam and oil, can be separated and collected. The menthol compound found in peppermint oil if what gives its zip.

Vibe Naturals’ Peppermint essential oils are produced using 100% pure organic peppermint oil. The fresh peppermint oil scent can be enjoyed in a few different ways, but today, we’ll be focusing on the many ways you can benefit from diffusingit. A quality peppermint oil diffusion can revolutionize your health and wellness, here are 10 reasons to prove it:

  1. Lift Your Mood

It’s common to feel a little down sometimes. There are many reasons why this may be the case, but it doesn’t have to last forever!

You can’t help but feel happy when you inhale the wonderful aroma of peppermint.

Try these centering exercises the next time you’re feeling cranky:

  • Write in a gratitude journal
  • Performbreathing exercises
  • Practice simple yoga

Diffuse peppermint oil in the background while you do any of these things to help lift and improve even the most negative of moods.

  1. Stimulating Circulation

If you have poor circulation, here are some symptoms you might experience:

  • Joint and muscle cramps
  • Swollen feet, legs, or ankles
  • Sharp pain in your limbs
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Memory issues
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness in your fingers or toes

Having poor circulation can also be a sign of a more serious condition, called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is associated with cholesterol buildup in critical blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to bodily tissues.

In such cases, blood flow to the sufferer’s limbs may be restricted, which can sometimes worsen into a complete blockage.

Peppermint oil alone is not enough to combat poor circulation or PVD. However, walking around your house while diffusing peppermint oil will help stimulate blood flow and improve circulation.

  1. Enhancing Sleep

Isn’t it true that we could all do with a nicer night’s sleep? According to studies, 40% of Australian adults sleep inadequately at least once a month, and 10% sleep poorly every single night.

Does that sound like you?

The quality of your sleep may be negatively affected by a variety of factors, from an uncomfortable bedroom environment to chronic health conditions such as sleep apnoea.

When it comes to relaxing your body, breathing deeply and allowing your muscles to relax are some of the best strategies. However, this isn’t always easy, especially if you have a racing mind!

When counting sheep just doesn’t do it for you, try diffusing peppermint oil instead.

With the menthol in the oil you can breathe deeper and clearer. The more regulated and consistent you can make your breathing, the easier it will be to drift off to sleep.

  1. Augmenting Memory and Alertness

The same way peppermint oil can calm you down, it can also perk you up! If you’ve felt particularly groggy lately, pour in a few drops and notice the difference within minutes.

Researchers at the International Journal of Neuroscience conducted an experiment with 144 volunteers, finding that peppermint is a natural cognitive enhancer. Skeptical about the efficacy of an oil? Take a look at the results of this study:

Scientists exposed one group of participants to ylang-ylang scent, another to peppermint scent, and the third group was not exposed to any scent (the control group).

So what were the results?

According to researchers, peppermint improved memory, whereas ylang-ylang impaired it. Peppermint also increased processing speed, whereas ylang-ylang diminished it. Peppermint also improved alertness in study participants.

  1. Relieving Tension and Anxiety

Getting ready for a big test? Maybe you’re preparing for an important presentation at work? If so, you might be feeling all kinds of butterflies.

Taking a few deep, calming breaths before the big moment can help you stay focused. While you’re in this peaceful moment, it’s a good idea to diffuse some peppermint oil in your room.

The scent of this oil relieves any tension you may be carrying around, as well as anxiety and fear of the future. It helps relax your muscles and releases the burden you have been carrying.

If you want to ease your stress even more, steep some peppermint tea as you prepare for the day, too. The warm beverage can help reduce your anxiety even further as well as freshen your breath!

  1. Instantly Boosting Energy

Do you tend to feel sluggish at the end of the day? Are you having trouble waking up in the morning? If so, try diffusing peppermint oil first thing in the morning or whenever you start to feel that dreaded slump coming on.

Consider adding an essential oil diffuser to your home office if you work from home. Throughout the day, check the water level periodically and add more peppermint oil if needed. By doing this, you can remain alert and awake even during that important lunchtime conference call.

  1. Clearing Nasal Passages

Seasonal allergies and influenza are never-ending, we are all down with the sniffles every now and then!

Naturally, there are a multitude of over-the-counter and prescription products designed to relieve sniffling, coughing, and runny nose.Cool mist humidifiers can also help open up your sinuses as well as improve the relative humidity in your room.

Even so, it’s not a good idea to regularly pump yourself full of allergy medication. It’s also not a good idea to be chained to a box of tissues all day!

Diffusing peppermint oil can help you keep your sinuses in check! With this fresh scent, you can breathe more deeply and comfortably, as well as reduce inflammation and congestion in your nasal passages.

  1. Facilitating Powerful Workouts

Do youwork out at home? With the recent bout of lockdown rules and fears over Covid-19, this is the go-to means of exercising for many of us.

In addition to being convenient to work out in your living room, it can also be challenging to stay focused and power through the tough moves!

Peppermint has an invigorating aroma, so it’s perfect to diffuse when you’re looking for inspiration to keep going, lift the weights, and complete your workout routine on your computer. Scientists have discovered a number of ways in which this oil enhances exercise performance, including:

  • Boosting your muscular energy metabolism
  • Improving your ventilation and brain oxygen concentration
  • Relaxing your bronchial smooth muscles for easier breathing
  • Lowering your blood lactate levels

In addition to this, it provides immediate air freshening, so you don’t have to worry about lingering odours that hang around your house after a kickboxing session.

Another way to enjoy peppermint oil’s benefits while working out is by applying a few drops to your chest prior to starting. Your movements will occasionally bring you into contact with the oil. This can boost your mental alertness, helping you push through resistance and redirect your focus.

  1. Relieving Headaches

We all suffer from headaches from time to time. Whether they’re stress-induced, minor sinus pressure, or full-on migraines, these are often among the most frustrating health conditions to deal with.

When you implement these techniques, it helps to have some at-home remedies that can provide immediate relief. Your doctor should be able to guide you down the treatment path.

In fact, peppermint oil is one of those things. The menthol that peppermint oil contains is a powerful ally against tension when you feel headaches coming on. Menthol relaxes the muscles, preventing tension and strain from forming.

Peppermint oil can also be diluted in a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) and applied directly to your temples to aid in reducing stress and easing headaches. This can create a cooling sensation that fills your senses and relaxes your body.

Be aware that peppermint oil can be irritating to some people when applied topically. If you decide to use peppermint oil, test a small area of your skin first!

  1. Conditioning the Air

It’s crucial to keep your home cool, especially during the hottest parts of the year! Your HVAC system will do much of this work for you, but you should also keep your essential oil diffuser handy. The very scent and sensation from peppermint can make you feel cooler, despite the temperature remaining the same!

So what is this phenomenon all about?

By diffusing into the air, menthol increases calcium channels in your body, which in turn triggers and activates the receptors that make you feel cold. Although this effect is not strong enough to force you to put on socks or pull out your hoodie, it proves a worthwhile endeavour especially during an Australian summer. Additionally, you can make your own refreshing topical mist spray to beat the heat.

Here’s an idea for the cooling spray: Prepare a small spray bottle by combining two tablespoons of water with two tablespoons of witch hazel. Add in four drops of peppermint oil and four drops of lavender oil, then screw on the spray bottle cap. You’re all set to spray off the heat!

Enjoy The Benefits of Diffusing Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is one of the most commonly used essential oils around, but that doesn’t make it any less a superstar in this field.

If you ever feel sleepy, tense, anxious, or tired, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your diffuser. You’ll discover that these are just a few of the benefits peppermint oil has to offer!

Looking for essential oils that can turn your home into a natural haven of health and wellness? Vibe Naturals offer a range of 100% organic essential oils. Discover our products by clicking here. We would love to discuss our products with you, please feel free to contact us!

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