What are the benefits of peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil comes from the peppermint plant, which is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint. People have used peppermint oil for centuries to treat a range of illnesses, including digestive conditions, colds, and headaches.
Peppermint oil comes from the leaves of the peppermint plant. It is an essential oil that contains over 40 different compounds, including menthol, which gives peppermint its refreshing qualities. It is a common essential oil around the world.
Peppermint oil is available in several forms, including:
- pure peppermint essential oil, which is highly concentrated
- peppermint extracts, which are much less concentrated
- enteric-coated capsules, which contain a small amount of peppermint oil in a special coating
Some people use peppermint essential oil in aromatherapy, applying diluted peppermint oil to the skin in a carrier oil or inhaling it through steam or a diffuser. Food and drink manufacturers also use very small amounts of peppermint extract to add flavor to products.
Pure peppermint essential oil is too concentrated to take orally, and it can be toxic at high doses. Although research has looked at the potential benefits of taking diluted amount of peppermint oil internally in enteric-coated formulations, current guidelines still advise against such practice due to the potential risks.
Please always consult with a healthcare professional prior to any oral use of essential oils.