There are plenty of natural remedies for inflammation, from turmeric to olive oil – but one of the most effective and easily accessible treatments is peppermint oil. For while turmeric is known for containing curcumin, a substance known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this spice and medicinal herb is more effective at preventing inflammation rather than curing it.
On the other hand, peppermint contains a plethora of ingredients that are known for both their healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Native to Europe and a cross between spearmint and watermint, this oil can be extracted from the leaves of a peppermint plant, has a wealth of benefits and it’s fresh, crisp scent coupled with analgesic and anaesthetic properties are known to have a numbing effect. This numbing effect calms angry inflammation and relieves associated pains, aches and swelling.
Types of peppermint oil
As with many natural remedies, peppermint oil takes a number of different forms; and can be found as an essential oil, an extract, and in the form of capsules. While peppermint oil extract is a more diluted substance, the essential oil is the more potent version, and is a concentrated remedy that can be diluted and applied directly to the skin or used for aromatherapy purposes.
Peppermint oil to remedy inflammation
When used as an anti-inflammatory treatment, a hot bath with a few drops of peppermint oil added to the water will work wonders for any inflammation you are suffering from. Allow yourself to relax in the scented water for upwards of 15 minutes to reap the benefits of this natural anti-inflammatory ingredient.