The awakening and festive scent of peppermint oil is not only able to focus the senses, but it also has several health and cosmetic benefits. These benefits are backed by numerous scientific studies. I have always been a skeptic of essential oils, and I do not love the smell of all of them. With that being said, peppermint oil is a huge exception. It smells good enough to drink, and I highly recommend diffusing it throughout your home or office, as the smell really does have the ability to calm and focus the mind.
The benefits of peppermint oil include:
1. Improves the Appearance of Skin
Studies have shown that peppermint oil, along with other essential oils, can improve the appearance of skin. Adding this essential oil to your daily skin care routine can help you improve the look and feel of your skin.
2. Freshens Breath
Peppermint is widely used in mouthwashes and toothpastes to freshen breath, and peppermint oil can have the same fresh effect.
3. Soothes Sore Muscles and Joints
Applying peppermint oil to skin can have a soothing and cooling effect on sore muscles. Simply dilute with a carrier oil and massage into skin.
4. Improves Hair and Scalp
Adding peppermint oil to your morning shampoo and conditioner is sure make your scalp feel fresh while waking you up. Adding peppermint oil to your shampoo also naturally thickens and nourishes damaged hair.
5. Provides Focus and Energy
Inhaling a few whiffs of peppermint oil can help wake you up and keep you focused. When studying, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser, or simply inhale it from the bottle. The refreshing scent is a great way to feel naturally energized, while focusing your mind on the task at hand.
6. Naturally Repels Bugs
Ticks, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mice, and lice all hate the smell of peppermint oil. One published study concluded that peppermint oil is just as effective as the typical insect repellents that are loaded with chemicals. It also noted that peppermint oil worked for about 2 ½ hours before it needed to be reapplied.
7. Reduce Hunger Cravings
Peppermint oil is said to make you feel full faster. Simply diffuse peppermint oil at dinnertime or apply a couple drops on your temples or chest before eating. You can also inhale a couple of deep sniffs from the bottle as well.