Peppermint essential oil has a lot of benefits over body, skin and hair. And, it is quite popular in the present time. They are usually extracted from the leaves of Mentha Piperita, which is a kind of herb. This herb is a combination of watermint and spearmint. It is found in moist and shady locations all over the world. These are unique herbs which are yellow in colour and also have distinct special features like thin consistency accompanied with strong, fresh and minty aroma.
This herb has a lot of medical benefits as it not only helps in relieving nausea, asthma, cramps cough, pneumonia but, also gives the user many aromatherapy benefits as well. These dōTERRA essential oils are also used widely by patients suffering from fatigue and depression. They improve concentration along with mental clarity, promote the spirit and also rejuvenates the user.
Along with health benefits, peppermint essential oil also offers a variety of skincare benefits. These oils are mostly used in commercial and homemade beauty products because of its cooling sensation to the skin. These oils contain high volumes of menthol which is not advised for people having sensitive skin as it might prove irritating. It not only stimulates circulation by enhancing the freshness of the skin but also aids in reducing acne. Though these are generally suitable for every skin type but they have an extra soothing effect on dry skin. As stated above, this oil is used in a number of products which includes products like homemade soaps, lotions, bath salts, foot scrubs etc. This oil is especially helpful in relieving the redness and inflammation of the skin and equally effective for sunburns, scabies and ringworms.
The homemade soaps made using peppermint essential oils have antimicrobial and toning nature quality. The best quality being this oil can be used in combination of other naturally relieving substances such as lemon, lime, pine, rosemary, spearmint and many more. Though these oils have several benefits for skin but should not be added in huge quantity in the homemade soap recipes as too much of peppermint can lead to irritation of the skin because of its naturally strong fragrance. These soaps, when made in the perfect recipe not only help in cleansing and refreshing the skin but also help the dry skin and provide acne relief. It also provides a natural balance for people with oily skin by reducing redness and blemishes.
Besides providing multiple health and skin benefits, they are equally beneficial for cooling the scalp and providing you dandruff free hair. This oil, when used for hair using any product helps in improving the condition of the scalp by stimulating hair follicles, increasing blood circulation into roots of hair thereby binding the roots and also prevents hair loss. When used with jojoba oil, they also improve the hair growth rate. Not only that, it simultaneously provides excellent shine and lustre to the hair. However, it is to be kept in mind that only a couple of drops are to be used and that too of diluted peppermint oil to your regular, commercial or homemade shampoo or conditioner and not more. If the scalp shows any irritation, you should either stop the usage of the peppermint oil or dilute it even more before use.
Though with all these benefits, a need for caution is to be taken. Because these oils contain bioactive ingredients, i.e. it contains those ingredients which interact with the biological systems naturally, and because of this, these oils should be used with care. So it is always advisable that one should never use too much of these oils and should never be used straight on the body. It is always better when used in the diluted forms such as soap, lotion carrier oil or other buffering agents.