information provided by Dr. Mercola
Peppermint oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant, a hybrid of the watermint and spearmint plants. It is commonly used as a home remedy for stomach problems, muscle pains, and headaches. When used in aromatherapy, it is effective in relieving anxiety, pain, and vomiting, and it has been suggested that it also plays a role in improving memory. The aroma of peppermint oil has also been shown raise alertness. According to scientific findings, peppermint oil exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, and analgesic properties.
In addition to health benefits, peppermint oil can also be used as a natural insect repellent. The cooling sensation provided by peppermint can also help relieve itching in bug bites.
*Potential Side Effects of Peppermint Oil
Reports show that peppermint oil overdose can cause skin rashes, slow or rapid breathing, abdominal pain and diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, urinary problems