Peppermint oil contain menthol, which give it its signature smell and cooling sensation when applied to the skin. It is used on the skin to help patients cool down. Also, it is used to relieve tension headaches. Further, the smell can help make you feel alert and refreshed. If you find peppermint oil benefits is to be too strong, you can try spearmint oil.
Peppermint oil inhalation side effects are typically mild. But, you should be aware of them to watch for. These side effects can include:
- Allergic Reactions
These reported side effects are usually from patients eating peppermint oil. Therefore, applying it to the skin might not cause side effects. Currently, peppermint oil is believed to be safe in pregnant women. But, before taking this supplement, you should ask your doctor. For those patients who are not pregnant, if you are planning on taking peppermint orally, you should ask your doctor. Because, peppermint oil can react with your other medicine.
Peppermint Oil Benefits
There are a few different uses for peppermint oil. Currently, there are is not enough evidence to recommend this instead of medicine. Patients have reported that peppermint oil has helped with the following issues:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Morning sickness
- Sinus infections
- Muscle pain
Currently, upset stomach is the most common use for peppermint oil. But patients have found benefit with cold and headache symptoms.
Peppermint and the Skin
Peppermint oil does hold benefit for the skin. It improves blood flow to the skin and helps it look youthful. The menthol in peppermint also helps to brighten your skin to make it look fresh. But, the essential oils can irritate the skin. So, it is important to put peppermint oil into a lotion to avoid a bad reaction. You can use peppermint oil as a toner to remove oil from the skin. Or, you can be use it as a mask to allow the benefit of the peppermint time to absorb into the skin.
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Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal
Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.
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