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eppermint oil, which is distilled by steam from the peppermint plant, metha piperita, is recog- nized for its versatility. Menthol, peppermint’s main constituent, imparts a heady mint aroma and cool- ing sensation when tasted or touched. Commonly used as a flavoring in foods and


beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmet- ics, peppermint oil contains vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids and minerals, including potas- sium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium and copper. The numerous health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat several health condi- tions such as nausea, intestinal gas, headache, toothache and muscle pain. It can be taken orally in dietary supplements or used topically in hair and skin care.


According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, several studies suggest that enteric-coated


peppermint oil capsules, which allow the oil to pass through the stomach so it can dissolve in the intestines, may help relieve common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, such as abdominal pain, bloating and gas. Non-enteric forms of peppermint oil, however, may actually cause or worsen heartburn and nausea. Peppermint blends well with other essential oils and is used in massages, steam baths and mudpacks. It is antiseptic in nature, and when massaged on the scalp, helps to remove dandruff and lice. When applied on the skin, peppermint oil can help to keep skin healthy and blemish-free. A drop or two of pep- permint oil added to toothpaste can help eliminate bad breath.


Resource: Susie Bagwell, doTerra Essential Oils, Ft. Myers. For more information, call 586-604-3500 or email Susie@ ILoveOils.com. See ad, inside front cover.


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