The volatile oil of the peppermint is listed by some as the most important of all essential oils. Containing cooling menthol, this pungently aromatic oil is an antispasmodic, used to ease painful conditions of the alimentary canal, including flatulence, colic, and abdominal cramps. Like all volatile oils, however, it should not be administered to babies without the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
Peppermint oil, applied to the temples or inhaled, will ease the symptoms of a head cold, including a cold-related headache. It acts as a mild diaphoretic, meaning that it promotes perspiration.
Peppermint leaves steeped as a tea bring relief from indigestion and all kinds of nausea, including morning sickness. A common ingredient in toothpastes and chewing gum, peppermint conquers bad breath and the oil or leaves can be used in the preparation of a refreshing mouthwash. The essential oil of peppermint, applied to the temples, will improve concentration.
Similar therapeutic properties are found in other species of mint, including spearmint.
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