Benefits of Peppermint for Skin

by Nicole P June 17, 2020

Benefits of Peppermint for Skin

Peppermint is a popular refreshing treat, especially around the holidays. The red and white striped bite-sized candies and candy canes are the favorites of many. Not to mention gum, and peppermint mocha lattes, peppermint patties, and a plethora of other yummy sweet treats; peppermint is definitely a flavor that we all know and love. However, there are other uses of peppermint that should not be overlooked. Peppermint is great for cleaning, hair and skincare, and treating other minor ailments. 

What is Peppermint?

Found in North America and Europe, peppermint is an herb that comes from the mint family and is a mint hybrid of spearmint and watermint. Before even seeing peppermint, it can easily be recognized by the sharp, yet refreshing and cool scent. The taste that many are familiar with is also cool and refreshing. Containing omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamins A and C and a selection of minerals, peppermint is a multifaceted ingredient that can be used in various ways, including:

  • Essential Oils, which are concentrated and used for aromatherapy. In the form of essential oil, peppermint can also be applied to the skin and added in skincare products.
  • Extracts in order to add peppermint flavor in foods, resulting in delicious recipes.
  • Capsules to be taken orally as a dietary supplement

Peppermint Oil

Essential oils have grown in popularity over the past few years. Peppermint essential oil is a staple oil that you might want to consider adding to the collection if you have not already. Peppermint oil is the oil extracted from the herb. It is not only great to add a few drops into your oil diffuser, but peppermint oil is showing up on the labels as an ingredient for many skin and hair products. Why? Applied to the skin, peppermint oil has many benefits:

  • Peppermint oil has natural antimicrobial properties that fight against bacteria to limit and reduce acne breakouts. 
  • Peppermint oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that allow it to naturally cleanse the skin.
  • The cooling sensation that occurs when peppermint is smelled or eaten also benefits the skin. It’s very soothing and helps reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin. If you are suffering from eczema, sunburn, or other skin conditions that cause itchiness, peppermint oil will be a very helpful topical treatment. 
  • Peppermint oil can help with sore muscles, this benefit can also be attributed to the cooling properties of the oil.
  • Peppermint can be used as an astringent, closing the pores and promoting tight and firm skin.

While peppermint is a wonder oil, it is a bit harsh to use alone. Adding it to moisturizers, soaps, and carrier oils is a great way to ensure that you are benefiting from the oil safely. 

Promotes Hair Growth

Peppermint oil has been praised to be a solid aid in stimulating hair growth. Menthol, which is the main component found in peppermint oil, increases blood flow to the areas applied, which can then result in hair growth in that specific area. While studies suggest that peppermint oil can stimulate hair growth, research is still building to support this theory and peppermint oil should not be used to cure hair loss. However, plenty of evidence, thus far, has shown peppermint oil to be a motivating factor for hair growth. 

Triple Threat: Hair, Skin, and Nails!

Peppermint oil is also great for the nails. Having antifungal properties, peppermint oil helps protect your nails from fungal infections. Peppermint oil can also leave your nails naturally glossy and shiny for a beautiful and healthy-looking manicure.  

Other useful benefits of Peppermint oil

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Common cold 
  • Headaches 
  • Clear your respiration 
  • Cure indigestion 
  • Repelling insects

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Nicole P
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