Aroma therapy is considered safe and effective when it comes to treating digestive disorders and headaches. Peppermint oil has been used since hundreds of years in Greek medicine as a digestive aid and for management of gallbladder diseases.
Homespun medicine recommended people to drink mint tea or chew mint leaves to cure stomach disorders. Peppermint oil is extracted from the stem, leaves and flowers of the plant. It could be used to treat digestive disorders, headaches, muscular pains, nausea, PMT and menopausal hot flashes.
Peppermint oil is an essential oil which contains high amounts of menthol which is not only antiseptic but is also anesthetic in nature. Therefore it cures respiratory infections like cough and cold when inhaled. When applied topically, it effectively treats headaches and muscular pains.
Since peppermint oil fights bacterial infection it can be used to treat acne and blemishes. It is also known to stimulate circulation and helps enliven dull dry skin. If a few drops of peppermint oil is added to a tub of warm water and feet soaked in it, Peppermint oil delivers a brisk cooling sensation that relaxes the tired feet.
The fragrance is known to stimulate the brain, make one mentally alert and improve concentration. It could effectively treat depression, hysteria and anger.
The uses of peppermint are many and if used properly can relieve a lot of aches and disorders. High dosages may cause adverse effects which include allergic reactions, heartburn, peri-anal burning, blurred vision, nausea, and vomiting and may also prove fatal when used on infants.
Consult a physician or a therapist before you try any alternate therapy to be on the safer side.