This aromatic oil can feel like a punch in the face some days. It can wake you up and leave you feeling refreshed. But that’s not all. No way, the benefits of peppermint oil are vast. That’s why I’m going to focus on 3 main benefits from a Chinese and a western perspective. Particularly as they relate to breathing and sinuses.
After a horrible forest fire season in western Canada, I was hurting. My sinuses were blocked, allergies flared, and I was coughing up phlegm as if I had just smoked a pack of cigarettes. Fun fact, according to an app that equates the number of cigarettes smoked to the air quality, the days it was bad here (up over 400AQHI) were like smoking 20 cigarettes. It was wild and slightly apocalyptic. Here is the blend I created that helped relieve all of these symptoms.
3 Benefits of Peppermint Oil according to Chinese Medicine
- Clears Wind Heat – Wind is the first climactic factor to enter the body when we get a cold or flu. It typically brings with it either cold, heat or damp. In this case with the smoke, there was more wind heat happening for people creating dryness in the sinuses and mouth as well as fatigue, headache and congestion.
- Promotes the Wei Qi which is what chinese medicine call our defensive energy or our immunity. Peppermint is Spicy and acrid so it spreads the qi around the surface of the body.
- Relieves itch and opens portals -In this case the portal is the nose. It is great in combination with other oils luck Eucalyptus at achieving this.
3 Benefits of Peppermint Oil with a Western perspective
- Sinus and respiratory benefits. According to this study peppermint essential oil has powerful antimicrobial and antiviral activity as well it acts as a serious antioxidant and has significant anti-tumour actions. No wonder it’s one of the most commonly used essential oils.
- Another benefit of peppermint oil is t helps to relieve mucous in the sinuses and respiratory tract. These two benefits combined with its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties make it excellent at quelling seasonal allergies. I can attest to this!
- It Has shown to increase alertness and awakens the senses that are easily compromised when breathing is inhibited.
Peppermint Essential Oil can be used in a 2-8% dilution. The higher the dilution the more stimulating.
For more on Chinese Medicine and Essential oils I’ve created a 6-week course also you can wet your palate with some of the blogs I’ve written about these topics here.
For more benefits of peppermint oil Dr. Axes site is a great resource as well.