Peppermint is a natural hybrid plant – a cross between water mint and spearmint - which was apparently first discovered in a field in England, way back in the 17th century.
Peppermint is known for its strong scent and it has a wide variety of different uses.
It can be added into the kind of products we use every day, such as toothpaste, shower gel, mouthwash, soap and cosmetics.
Many find that peppermint has a soothing and refreshing element.
It can also be used in its natural form as leaves, infused, in tea, which is thought to help ease digestion, especially after a large dinner!
Peppermint oil has a number of uses and it can help in many different ways.
Peppermint can help to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach cramps as well as helping to soothe tired muscles and relieve the effects of common colds.
Peppermint can also help promote hair growth and healthier looking skin. Its strong soothing aroma gives a wonderfully refreshing feeling.
The NHS suggests that one way to ease irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is through the use of peppermint oil.
IBS affects the digestive system, often resulting in bloating, diarrhea, cramps and constipation.
Research published by the British Medical Journal showed an overall 57% reduction with IBS symptoms in participants who took peppermint oil.
While peppermint oil is known to offer some relief to those suffering from IBS, it is always important to consult a professional first before using any remedies or supplements.
At Holland & Barrett, we offer soft gel peppermint oil capsules.
Take one to two capsules a day, along with a little water and do not exceed the stated dose.
There is also the option of peppermint tablets. Each one contains 17.2mg of peppermint oil and is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The best way to support your hair is through eating a balanced diet and proper maintenance.
Genetics also has a part to play in hair growth. So, if your parents for example enjoy good hair growth – chances are you might too.
However, that is not to say that you cannot do something to help support your hair.
Some essential oils, such as peppermint oil, may offer additional support - especially if you suffer from a dry, flaky or congested scalp.
Studies show that peppermint oil has a positive effect on hair. Peppermint oil for hair can also be found in hair mask products, shampoos or essential oils for the scalp.
To read more about how peppermint oil, DIY hair masks and other products might benefit your hair, check out this short article, ‘9 Things Essential Oils Are Great For’, on our Health Hub.
Peppermint oil has a variety of uses.
At a basic level, many people find the scent of peppermint oil to be invigorating, which helps them to focus and clear their mind.
As a result, peppermint oil can also be used for aromatic therapy, and dispersed through various diffusers and room sprays.
Peppermint oil can be added to baths or shower gels to help soothe sore muscles, perhaps after a workout at the gym or other exercises.
To read more on the many benefits of peppermint oil, check out, ‘The 7 Most Popular Essential Oils’, on our Health Hub.