Peppermint essential oil is derived from a plant. Early evidence suggests that peppermint slightly improves memory and performance on mental tasks; it is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. It has a long tradition of use in folk medicine and aromatherapy. The leaf and oil are used as medicine, and also used for repelling mosquitos.
Actually, inhaling peppermint has proven to be a healing agent. Used as a traditional medicine for the following: common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, and respiratory infections, peppermint is good in treating digestive ailments as well. Mental function: The aroma of peppermint has been studied for its possible effect to enhance memory and alertness as well. Peppermint oil is a natural stimulant that can increase your ability to concentrate during times of mental fatigue or stress. Inhaling the aroma can help alleviate jet lag and boost your energy levels. The entire plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties which provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. The British Medical Journal noted in 1879 that smelling menthol, which is the main component in peppermint, relieves headaches and nerve pain. It is a strong mental and physical stimulant that can help one concentrate and stay awake and alert. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic agents. Studies at the Sense of Smell Institute confirm that peppermint oil has mood-elevating properties that make it useful for alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can help to boost your mood and relieve feelings of sadness as well as enhance mental performance and feelings of happiness. Peppermint is a very pleasant scent and is highly demanded especially during the holiday seasons.
Try peppermint aromatherapy by using a diffuser as a home and car air freshener. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration, ease tension and boost energy.
Add a few drops to peppermint oils into your bathtub for a clearing of sinuses and to open your air passages.