Essential oils are probably some of the most accessible and affordable “natural ingredients” you can get. But the great thing about essential oils is not only the fact that they are natural, but also that they entail so many benefits. Take peppermint oil, for example. Did you know that it can help you curb your hunger pangs? Read on to find out more about the benefits of this oil.
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It helps to curb hunger pangs
If you’re one of those people who continue snack at your desk even when you’re full, or need to watch your diet for health reasons, consider keeping a bottle of peppermint oil on hand to stave off the hunger pangs. Inhaling this oil can reportedly affect your brain’s satiety center, which prevents you from overeating, and can even help alleviate indigestion.
It activates your brain
Based on studies done over the years, scientists have found that peppermint can stimulate your brain by not only improving memory, but also making you more alert, while at the same time, helping you wind down. Physician Dr Olivier Wenker recommends putting a few drops of peppermint oil into a diffuser to increase your concentration. Alternatively, put a bottle on your desk and rub a few drops onto your wrist when you’re feeling stressed.
It helps alleviate and prevent muscle pain
Dr Wenker claims massaging peppermint oil onto your body before a workout helps to prevent muscle soreness post-exercise. This is especially great for those who hit the gym before work! However, be careful not to rub your eyes if there are traces of peppermint oils on your hands! If it happens to you, don’t rinse it with water. “You should use an oil, like coconut oil or olive oil, to dilute it out,” he explains.
It unclogs blocked nose
If you have a bad case of sinus, don’t just concentrate on blowing your nose with sheer force. Experts recommend inhaling peppermint oil, which helps to unclog your nose and even provide relief to cough and scratchy throats. This could be why cold and cough syrups often have a hint of peppermint taste in them!
It makes for a great insect repellent
Looking for a natural insect repellent? It’s been found that peppermint oil can repel mosquitos and other insects. Add a few drops to water to make your own repellant spray, or just rub a few drops onto your wrist/body. You might feel a cooling sensation, and we wouldn’t recommend going swimming right after applying the oil, unless you fancy that burning sensation.