18. Respiratory benefits
Peppermint essential oil will open your airways and act as a decongestant. Mix it with coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil to make a homemade vapor rub to help reduce the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.
19. Balance hormones and relieve symptoms of PCOS
A recent study found that peppermint oil may have hormone balancing effects and be therapeutic for polycystic ovarian syndrome. (2) The study confirmed that spearmint has antiandrogen properties, and researchers believe initial results warrant further studies.(5)
20. Cancer treatment
According to Draxe.com, “Clinical research indicates that peppermint contains the compound menthol, which inhibits prostate cancer growth. Also, studies found peppermint protects against radiation-induced DNA damage and cell death.”(6)
According to DrAxe.com, “There are 302 scientific studies referring to peppermint essential oils and 2297 about menthol. The research out there is air-tight! If you make it a point to incorporate this powerful remedy into your daily routine, I promise you that your life will change in more ways than you can imagine.
Take for, instance, a 2012 study out of Clayton State University that tested peppermint oils ability to reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting. Generally occurring as a common side effect of general anesthesia, about one-third of all people undergoing surgery suffer from these conditions at various degrees of intensity.
For Moms, who just had a C-section, this can be especially devastating as it is very likely to interfere with breastfeeding and could prevent them from that wonderful bonding experience with their baby.
The study tested evaluated how 35 Moms responded to this ancient aromatherapy and discovered that peppermint essential oil was not only quite effective in reducing post-operative nausea and vomiting, it “significantly lowered” the sickness levels of participants compared to women who received standard anti-nausea medications.
More than just aromatherapy, just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on the stomach or taken internally can calm indigestion in no time flat. The powerful ability of peppermint to help with gastrointestinal concerns has just been tapped by the scientific community.
New research has found peppermint can improve antibiotic resistance and help heal your body from the overuse of prescription antibiotics and other chemicals that affect your body. This is probably part of the reason it is so effective in treating IBS.
A combined medical study of all the literature on peppermint’s ability to cure irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was just published this July and, of the nine studies combined they stated:
“Peppermint oil was found to be significantly superior to placebo for overall improvement of IBS symptoms and improvement in abdominal pain.” They concluded, “Peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term treatment for IBS.”
Peppermint can be strong and is recommended to be used with a carrier oil of some kind especially with children. When choosing essential oils, there are different grades available. There are low priced essential oils available in your local grocery store or online. These are most likely fine for use in cleaning supplies perfumes and candle recipes. But, If you are using peppermint essential oil for medicinal uses, or internally, be sure to check with the oil company that they are safe to ingest. Essential Oil Safety is very important. I highly recommend using a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oil, such as Young Living Essential Oil. Find out how to order Young Living Essential Oil HERE.