Peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, a cross between spearmint and watermint. It is sold in oil, tablet and capsule forms, and has a long history of use. Scientific study has even been done on the medicinal benefits of peppermint.
Digestive Health Problems
A few drops of peppermint oil, mixed in a glass of water, can be used to soothe nausea and help your body rid itself of gas. The antispasmodic properties have even been seen to ease irritable bowel syndrome, according to Organic Facts.
You can use peppermint oil to help ease respiratory ailments. The menthol, also used in expectorants and cold rubs, present in peppermint oil is said to lessen, but not cure, respiratory problems.
Skin and Hair Care
Peppermint oil can be beneficial in clearing up dandruff problems. The cooling property of peppermint oil can improve the dullness of your skin and dry up excess oil.
According to Organic Facts, the presence of calcium antagonists in peppermint oil is thought to ease pain when applied topically to a painful area. Peppermint oil can also be used for cooling fevers, or relieving the severity of a headache, by applying a few drops to your forehead.