Peppermint Oil as a Tylenol Alternative for Headaches
- Published on: 09 December, 2018
- Last update: 09 December, 2018
Did you know that peppermint oil applied to the forehead and temples is shown to be just as effective for tension headaches as a whopping 1,000mg Tylenol?
This is incredible news as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in common pain relievers, can be hard on the liver. On top of this, an Ohio State University study found that Tylenol not only blunts physical pain, but can dull your emotions too – including the positive ones. 
In a 1996 German study, the effect of locally applied peppermint oil was tested on tension headaches in comparison to 1,000mg Tylenol as well as a placebo.
The authors found that peppermint oil and Tylenol both began working within 15 minutes, and had an equal pain-relieving effect! 
I dilute 6 drops of essential oil in 2 tsp jojoba oil and add this to a roller ball for easy application.
Peppermint isn’t solely beneficial for headaches, though… it helps your brain, too! A study in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that peppermint tea can increase both focus and concentration . Peppermint diffused in a room full of test-takers boosted their alertness and concentration, as the smell of menthol stimulates the hippocampus: your brain’s memory center.
Peppermint is also a fabulous herbal ally for those with IBS or any digestive disorders. The menthol within the leaf acts as a powerful antispasmodic that can help restore intestinal interactions to a normal rhythm faster than any other ingredient. Peppermint tea can be used in both diarrhea and constipation, because rather than slowing down or speeding up intestinal contractions, it actually regulates them in the direction needed.
Lastly, it’s a great idea to drink peppermint after a particularly heavy/greasy meal, as it can gently increase your bile flow and therefore improve your digestion of fats.