Peppermint is a mix between water mint and spear mint and is native to Europe. It comes from the mint plant and has been put to many herbal uses.
Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash in inhibiting dental cavities. Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breathe and whiten teeth. Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is very useful in dental care. It also helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. It is also useful in the treatment of toothaches as its oil vapour can be anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. Just for this reason, it is even added to the postoperative oxygen, particularly after oral surgeries. The use of peppermint is recommended by India’s best toothpaste makers - Dabur as it helps cure dental problems. Apart from dental care, this wonder herb helps tackle other health problems as well:
- Nausea and headache:
Peppermint oil effectively reduces nausea and can be easily used as a safe herbal drug. Peppermint oil may help relieve headache as well. It works well if dabbed or sprinkled on a cloth and then inhaled. It can be massaged directly onto the forehead too for instant relief.
- Stress:br/> Peppermint oil is cooling and energizing. It helps in reducing stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It stimulates mental activity, clears the mind, and increases focus on cognitive tasks. Add peppermint to the bath water or to the burner and experience its stress-relieving aroma.
- Respiratory problems:
Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear your respiratory tract. It is effective and provides instantaneous relief from nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. It is also antispasmodic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory in nature, use it as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to experience instant relief.
- Muscle pain:br/> Peppermint, when used externally, may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. It can provide an intensely cold sensation to any affected area and helps avoid inflammation.
- Blood circulation:
The stimulating effect of peppermint oil has been shown to increase blood circulation.
- Increase alertness:
The aroma of peppermint enhances memory and increase alertness.
Peppermint oil is a good tonic for those who have a low appetite, and it helps treating motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs. When added to a glass of drinking water after a meal, its aids digestion.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene and using the right toothpaste plays a vital role in keeping dental problems away. Visit our blog to know more about dental care and following an oral care routine to keep teeth strong and healthy