With the holidays around the corner, Elements of Rockville Centre is excited to offer a limited-time, seasonal treat: peppermint aromatherapy massage! The sweet-scented essential oil may smell like candy canes, but you’ll be refreshed to know that unlike the sugary holiday snack, it has some amazing health benefits. Check out some of the many great things peppermint oil can do for you below!
What is Peppermint Oil, and how is it used in a Massage?
You may be surprised to learn that the peppermint plant, which is common throughout North America and Europe, is actually a cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint essential oil is then extracted from the plant through a variety of methods, but distillation is the most common.
Pure peppermint oil is strong, and may irritate the skin. So, in order to make it safe, your licensed massage therapist will dilute it by mixing it with lotion. The result is a candy cane-scented cream that refreshes and cools your body when it’s rubbed in.
7 Minty Fresh Benefits of Peppermint Aromatherapy
1. Combats Congestion
Peppermint oil is a powerful, yet natural way to keep your sinuses clear during the chilly winter months. That’s because it’s full of menthol, a natural ingredient that’s often used in cough drops and chest rub salves.
You’re far less likely to come down with a cold or sinus infection when your nasal passages are kept clear, especially at this time of year.
2. Improves Immunity
Peppermint oil naturally contains antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties that help strengthen your body’s immune system. Some of its ingredients are especially effective in killing certain strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
3. Relieves and Prevents Headaches
Migraines and tension headaches are often the result of stress. Massage is great for decreasing the body’s stress hormones, while peppermint oil cools and calms the physical symptoms, such as contracted muscles. The two work together in perfect harmony to prevent future headaches.
For immediate headache relief, consider having some peppermint oil handy at all times. People have called it a “miraculous” solution, far better than painkillers!
4. Alleviates Joint and Muscle Pain
As previously mentioned, menthol can be found in many topical pain relief rubs, thanks to the cooling effect it has on the body. It’s helpful for chronic conditions, as well as general muscle soreness.
Combining cool, refreshing peppermint essential oil with the natural healing power of massage provides profound pain relief and relaxation for your muscles and joints.
5. Stimulates your Mind
The aroma of peppermint has been proven to boost alertness and mental focus. This is most likely due to the scent’s effect on your brain. It regulates stress hormones and leaves you feeling invigorated.
Note that some articles claim that peppermint makes you smarter, which sadly isn’t true.
6. Helps to Cope with Anxiety and Depression
Peppermint oil’s refreshing effect on your mind also eases feelings of anxiety and sadness. You’ll emerge from a peppermint aromatherapy massage feeling positive and rejuvenated.
7. Aids in Digestion
Although it’s effective, you don’t need to eat or drink peppermint to improve your digestive health. Just by applying it to your skin during an aromatherapy massage can ease irritable bowel syndrome, cramps and nausea.
Peppermint aromatherapy massage is only available at Elements of Rockville Centre until December 24, 2017, so act quick! As always, it can be combined with any other modalities such as Himalayan salt stone or Swedish massage.
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.