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Mentha piperita L., belonging to the family Lamiaceae, is a perennial herb native to Europe and cultivated in many parts of the world.

What is Peppermint Essential Oil?

Modern research has demonstrated that peppermint essential oil can support optimal athletic performance [7]. It is best known for its fragrance and flavor. In Eastern and Western traditional medicines, peppermint and its oil have been used in nerve health, aromatics, antiseptics and even cold symptom support, cramps, indigestion, nausea, sore throat, toothache and the immune system [1]. M. piperita also possesses antioxidant, anti-allergenic, viral and bacterial support and also supporting healthy hair growth for men [2, 3, 4, 5]. Peppermint oil is obtained by steam distillation from the fresh leaves of Mentha piperita. *

How Could Peppermint Essential Oil Improve My Health?

  • Enhancing athletic performance is a great desire among the athletes, coaches, and researchers. Mint is one of the most famous natural herbs used by sportspeople to increase their performance. Everyday, twenty healthy male students consumed one 500 ml bottle of mineral water, containing 0.05 ml peppermint essential oil for ten days. The results showed that peppermint essential oil effectively increased their athletic performance, relaxed their bronchial smooth muscles, increased the ventilation and brain oxygen concentration, and decreased the blood lactate level [7]. *
  • Peppermint aroma was also effective on perceived physical workload, temporal workload, effort, and anxious thoughts. After inhalation of peppermint aroma, the nasal airflow force increased, this effect supplied more oxygen to the brain, which is effective for persistent physical performance [8]. *
  • Another research demonstrated the effectiveness of peppermint aroma administered through the nose or orally on the augmenting cognitive performance. Peppermint aroma caused an improvement on the tasks related to attentive processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor response [9]. *
  • Many studies have shown that various kinds of mint were effective in reducing muscle pain, muscle relaxation, and fatigue [10,11]. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort and accompanied by a change in bowel habit. Peppermint oil has shown to be effective at calming the stomach. The efficacy of peppermint oil has effects on smooth muscle, supporting colonic movement and pain. Through its ability to act as a calcium antagonist, menthol appears to have a spasmolytic effect in the gastrointestinal tract [12, 13]. Peppermint oil has been used to support abdominal health dating to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome [14]. *
  • Essential oils of mint possess excellent microbial, antioxidant and cell-calming activities [15]. Peppermint oil has the potential to support for various oral health. It showed a potent inhibitory effect on the proliferation of staphylococci and exhibited very good fungal support and fungicidal activities for both the standard and clinical strains of Candida species [24]. The antioxidant activities of the oils were determined by 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging assay, β-Carotene-linoleic acid assay, and nitric oxide radical scavenging assay. The microbial activity (minimum inhibitory concentration, MIC) of peppermint oil against E. coli, S. aureus, and P. aeruginosa was stronger and antioxidant property was superior [6]. The results obtained clarified the functional applications of Peppermint and their essential oils for aroma health and other folkloric uses. *
  • Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and stroke are caused by degeneration of neurons in the brain. Endogenous levels of neurotrophins become depleted during the neurodegenerative disorders. Therefore, restoration of the depleted endogenous neurotrophins is one approach to treat neurodegenerative disorders. Peppermint oil aromatherapy showed increased bio-availability of intranasally-administered neurotrophins like nerve growth factor. The nose-brain pathway is a potential route for delivery as it bypasses the brain barriers. Peppermint oil enhanced the bio-availability by ~8 fold [16]. *
  • Recently, topical application of peppermint oil has also received increased attention. Commercially, essential oils are used in four primary ways: as pharmaceuticals, as flavor enhancers in many food products, as odorants in fragrances, and as insecticides [18]. The insecticidal properties of peppermint oil have been explored widely. Peppermint oil is applied to the skin to drive away pests. Some commercially available mosquito nets are coated with peppermint oil. The essential oil of M. piperita has promising and remarkable repellent activity against dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever virus vector Ae. aegypti [17]. *
  • Pruritus is one of the commonest skin complaints. Neuropathic, psychogenic, systemic, and dermatologic disorders constitute the majority of causes of pruritus. Peppermint oil can be effective in supporting skin health is free from adverse side effects [19]. Peppermint is effective, easy to use, safe, cheap, and it has a favorable odor, being more acceptable for topical usage. *
  • Three percentage of peppermint oil showed the most prominent hair growth effects, such as significant increase in dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth. Alkaline phosphatase and gene expression of insuIin-like growth factor-1 are known bio-markers for the enhanced hair growth. 3% peppermint oil significantly increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and gene expression of insuIin-like growth factor-1 [23]. Hair loss is a distressing condition that is associated with a multitude of natural, medical, or nutritional conditions. For example, androgenetic alopecia in men, or male pattern baldness, is increasingly recognized as a physically and psychologically challenging that often requires professional care by generalist clinicians [22]. Topical peppermint promoted hair growth when compared to jojoba oil and 3% minoxidil [23]. *

Nutritional Value or Phytochemical Content

The chemical components of peppermint oil are menthol, menthone, trans-carane, (+)-carvone, 1,8-cineole, methyl acetate, mintfuran, isomenthone, limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate, and pulegone. Alcohols, ketones, terpenes, and esters also rich in peppermint oil [6].

Suggest Usage / Dosage

Internal use - The essential oil of peppermint 2 or 3 drops added in lukewarm water (2 drinks per day).

External use - ~5 drops of a carrier oil (coconut oil) for hair, head, foot, and back pain massage. Also for aromatherapy and ayurvedic bathe. ~ 2 to 4 drops can be added with pain relieving gels and creams(increase bioavailability of drug); bathing soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.

Ideal Storage Conditions

Use a sealed container to store this product in a cool, dry place. Keep away from direct light and moisture. Once the package is opened, it must be re-sealed and used within 6 months.

Shelf Life

Two years from date of manufacture.

References

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  6. Andogan B.C., Baydar H., Kaya S., Demirci M., Ozbasar D., Mumcu E. Antimicrobial activity and chemical composition of some essential oils. Arch. Pharm. Res. 2002;25:860–864. doi: 10.1007/BF02977005. [PubMed] [Cross Ref]
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  8. Meamarbashi, Abbas, and Ali Rajabi. “The Effects of Peppermint on Exercise Performance.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 10 (2013): 15. PMC. Web. 26 Jan. 2018.
  9. Raudenbush B, Koon J, Meyer B, Flower N. Second Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Washington DC: Society for Psychophysiological Research; 2002. Effects of ambient odor on pain threshold, pain tolerance, mood, workload, and anxiety
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  14. Ford, Alexander C et al. “Effect of Fibre, Antispasmodics, and Peppermint Oil in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” The BMJ 337 (2008): a2313. PMC. Web. 26 Jan. 2018.
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  17. Kiran Vaka, S. R., and S. Narasimha Murthy. “Enhancement of Nose-Brain Delivery of Therapeutic Agents for Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases Using Peppermint Oil.” Die Pharmazie 65.9 (2010): 690–692. Print.
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  19. Kumar, Sarita, Naim Wahab, and Radhika Warikoo. “Bioefficacy of Mentha Piperita Essential Oil against Dengue Fever Mosquito Aedes Aegypti L.” Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 1.2 (2011): 85–88. PMC. Web. 26 Jan. 2018.
  20. Elsaie, Lotfy T et al. “Effectiveness of Topical Peppermint Oil on Symptomatic Treatment of Chronic Pruritus.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 9 (2016): 333–338. PMC. Web. 26 Jan. 2018.
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