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History and Benefits of Mint Oil - Where to Buy Mint Oil

Updated on July 2, 2011

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History and Popularity of Mint Oil

Mint is one of the oldest and most popular herbs still used for its aroma and health benefits in alternative and natural medicine. Like many other herbs with healing properties, mint has also been known since ancient times to Egyptians and Greeks and also ancient Romans and Aryans of India. Mint has been in limelight since many centuries due to its detoxifying effects and antimicrobial and anesthetic properties. It is interesting to note that mint was the most important perfumery ingredient among the ancient Hebrews because of its well-known and tested aphrodisiac properties used in naturopathy.

Menthol is the main component of mint that has been used for centuries to treat colds and flu. Menthol is an important component of arvensis mint and provides relief of nasal congestion due to its anesthetic action, which also relieves sore throats making you feel fresh and active. Also, the antimicrobial properties of menthol help prevent the spread of viral diseases. Nowadays, peppermint oil tablets are used for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint is used extensively in pharmacology, toothpastes, candies, chewing gums, liquors, and also in soft drink recipes to prepare mocktails due to its high content of menthol. Mint also called as peppermint is also used in cooking and making peppermint tea.

Mint oil head massage relieves headaches and migraines.
Mint oil head massage relieves headaches and migraines. | Source
Refreshing and cool mint oil
Refreshing and cool mint oil
Herbal benefits of mint oil
Herbal benefits of mint oil | Source

Origin of Mint Herb - Distribution of Mint Herb

This herb of many species originated from Europe but know grows in Japan and the United States of America, which is one of the leading producers of mint. Mint grows in cool and humid temperate climates. Mist is a cultivated form and is difficult to find spontaneously. Today, peppermint made from mint herb is grown in large quantities around the world because of its many applications not only therapeutic but also cosmetic. England produces one of the most prized mint essences in the world.

Mint family
Mint family

Extraction of Mint Oil

Peppermint essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation.

It takes approximately 500 kg of flowering mint plants to extract only 0.5 kg of peppermint essential oil.

Mint oil blends well with rosemary and bergamot oil.

On the right side, you can buy best blend of oils with Vitality Blend including rosemary and eucalyptus and Serenity Blend including lavender and bergamot and Healing Blend including lemon and peppermint mixture.

Mint products include toothpaste, oils, creams, shampoos, chewing gums, candies, toffees, mint tablets, and many more items.
Mint products include toothpaste, oils, creams, shampoos, chewing gums, candies, toffees, mint tablets, and many more items.

Multiple Benefits of Mint Oil

Nervous System Benefits of Mint Oil: Application of mint oil on temple, forehead, and back of the neck relieves fatigue, weakness, tiredness, migraine, and cramps. Mint oil can also be used during baths so on the mental level, mint oil helps clear the mind and promote concentration. Mint oil helps in situations of shock and weakness. Mint oil combats mental fatigue and depression. Mint oil is a natural stimulator and aphrodisiac used in alternative medicine and natural health institutions around the world.

Musculoskeletal Benefits of Mint Oil: Mint oil improves movement of muscles eliminating friction and helps relieve joint pains.

Digestive Benefits of Mint Oil: Application of mint oil on abdominal area helps prevent cramps, pain, indigestion, nausea, and stomach spasms.

Respiratory Benefits of Mint Oil: Inhalation of mint oil opens up the bronchials and nasal sinuses, which help prevent bad breath, bronchitis, sinusitis, and chronic cough, sore throat, common colds, fever, and flu.

Skin Benefits of Mint Oil: Mint oil dilution in skin creams, skin oils, and skin lotions help relieve acne, cuts, lacerations, bruises, shingles, and dermatitis.

Caution: Mint oil is for external use only. Peppermint essential oils should not be used in pregnancy and during lactation. Should not be used on infants or young children or in cases of insomnia.

Different parts of mint plant
Different parts of mint plant
Mint oil is an aphrodisiac enhancing romantic pleasure.
Mint oil is an aphrodisiac enhancing romantic pleasure.

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      Sheila Craan 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Great information about mint! In New York mint grows like a wild herb effortlessly. I love grabbing a couple of fresh mint leaves in my front yard to make fresh mint tea after eating dinner. It is absolutely delicious and no added sugar is need because it has a sweet taste.

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      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I didn't know that mint oil comes with such a history, soni2006! Thanks for an interesting hub. I love using oils.

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