You’d rather wonder if you knew that peppermint is actually a breed brought on earth by combination of two others. Its actually a cross breeding between watermint (scientific name is Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Scientific name: Mentha spicata). The plant’s origins are in Europe but it is now widely grown across the globe.
Initially it was treated as species, but globally it is now agreed upon as to be a hybrid. The major use of peppermint lies in the use of its oil. Peppermint is usually considered to be the oldest medicine known for more than 10 thousand years. Menthol is the major constituent of peppermint which makes its use viable in various product range, ranging from ice creams, mouth fresheners, chewing gums and tea.
The oil extracted from peppermint contains chemical compounds like menthyl esters,menthone and also menthyl acetate. Peppermint has been the earliest and famous flavor for the confectionery. Many shampoos and soaps contain peppermint oil in it, peppermint oil for ants in order to provide a cooling and soothing sensation on skin when applied. In fact here is one technique which will beautify your bathing hours. Put few drops of peppermint oil in your bathtub or bucket of water that you are using to bathe, and then have a head bath with it. You’ll find that your head ache has vanished and your body has acquired a pleasant scent.
If at all you are suffering from any kind of indigestion, then there is no other better medicine than the peppermint oil. If after every meal, a glass of water mixed with few drops of peppermint oil is taken, it would not only taste good, but also will improve your bodys digestion abilities.
Peppermint oil also has many healing abilities. This oil eradicates abdominal cramps, takes care of bloating and gas trouble. It aids in a better production and circulation of digestive fluids. Just in case you were wondering how you could include it in your day to day life, all you have to do is put a few drops of peppermint oil into your boiling tea, cool it down and drink. This should solve all your small, stomach related ailments. Peppermint oil can also be used externally, for treating common cold, various fevers and common flues. It has a cooling effect on the body and promises relaxation in many respiratory ailments. And for the same reasons it is widely used in spas for body massages.
Peppermint also contains antiseptic properties, thus it is widely utilized in varieties of toothpastes, as it helps the teeth fight decay and germs, and especially; removes bad breath. One thing to be taken care of though is the fact that, even though peppermint oil is widely used in various home remedy methods, one shouldn’t use this oil when there are heartburn, as it can causes the sphincter that lies in between the stomach and the esophagus to relax, which again can cause worsened heartburn.
Not just on our body, but peppermint oil can also be used as an ant repellent. Mix peppermint oil and water in equal proportions and then spray in home around the ants prone areas, and you’ll notice within a day or two that ants have disappeared, and you shouldn’t have them back at least for a week or two.