Peppermint Oil Benefits and Uses
Hey, guys, Axe here, of Functional Medicine and Founder of draxe . Today, I’m going to talk to you about one of my favorite essential oils, and that’s peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil benefits are incredible. The uses of peppermint essential oil have been proven for thousands of years. I want to start with this, and this is going to surprise you I bet. When I started looking into essential oils and their health benefits, I knew they were used throughout history for over 5,000 years. I knew they were beneficial, but I didn’t know how many medical studies there would be on them.
When I went into PubMed and started looking at the medical literature, I was shocked to find out on peppermint oil alone there are over 1,200 medical studies. So over a 1,000 medical studies on this essential oil in proving that it helps heal your digestive tract, that it improves your breath, that it fights cancer. Some incredible benefits there of this essential oil. What makes peppermint oil so powerful is it contains a compound called mentho or menthol. This compound has been shown to act as an analgesic on the body, reduce inflammation, and act as an antioxidant. I want to share with you some of the best ways to use peppermint oil. By the way, peppermint.
Oil is one of the top two used essential oils in the United States today along with lavender essential oil. But peppermint oil, one of the most common ways I use it is as a natural breath freshener in my natural toothpaste recipe. What I do for my natural toothpaste is I mix coconut oil with baking soda in equal parts, let’s say a tablespoon of each, along with about 20 drops of peppermint oil. Mix that together. That’s what I use for my natural toothpaste at home using peppermint essential oil. The other way I’ll use peppermint essential oil is just as kind of a natural mouthwash.
Or breath freshener is I put one drop in water and drink it down. It freshens the breath. Another way peppermint oil has been shown to benefit your health is by naturally boosting your energy levels. In fact, there was a recent medical study that found by just smelling peppermint oil it naturally increases your energy levels. My wife carries this around in her purse with her. Before we go into a workout, sometimes we’ll smell it. I know a professor, and this is incredible as well, who works with his students and he actually diffuses cedar wood oil and peppermint oil during his class, because cedar wood oil has been shown to help ADHD symptoms and improve focus. Peppermint oil improves his energy.
And concentration. So he actually diffuses this oil in his classroom to help his children focus while they’re test taking. So, this is great for that reason as well. Peppermint oil has also been shown in medical studies to help soothe irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut like issues. If you struggle with digestive issues, peppermint oil can really help soothe and cool your digestive tract. Just one to two drops in water taken daily is greatly beneficial. Or, you can actually just put it right on your skin as well. Another great thing to use peppermint oil for is to open your airways for bronchitis,.
Allergies, or asthma. You can mix peppermint oil with eucalyptus oil and use it as a natural vapor rub. So again, a tablespoon of coconut oil, five drops peppermint, five drops eucalyptus, rubbing that on the chest is a natural vapor rub, helps open up the lungs and airways. It’s also great during allergy season whether you just put a drop under your tongue, or do it in water, or rub it again on your neck. It really helps open the sinus airways and lung airways helping you breathe better. Also, it can help eliminate headaches. If you’ve got headaches, mixing three drops of lavender oil, three drops of peppermint oil on your hand, and rubbing them on your neck.
Area actually has been shown to naturally help relieve headaches. It also can be used if you’re making your own at home muscle, sort of a muscle rub. In your at home muscle rub, peppermint oil is one of the best along with frankincense. You can mix that with some coconut oil. If you’ve got sore muscles or sore joints after a workout or even arthritis, you can rub peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil right on the area and it can naturally relive pain. I could go on and on. With over 1,000 medical studies done on peppermint oil, we know it’s greatly beneficial.
5 Steps To Heal a Herniated Disc
Hey guys, Axe here, of natural medicine, al nutritionist and founder of draxe . In this tutorial I’m going to share with you how to heal a herniated disc. If you have a herniated disc, a disc bulge, a desiccated disc or any sort of low back injury or low back pain, these tips can absolutely help you. I can tell you from experience. I’ve had a herniated disc from lifting weights and doing other things in the past. These things help me personally. Also, I’ve seen them help thousands of patients that I’ve taken care of over the years. In this tutorial you’re going to learn the five steps to heal a herniated disc including the diet, the supplements and natural treatments.
Let’s start with the diet you need to be following to heal a herniated disc. First off, you need to give your body the specific nutrients it needs in order to heal the area. You need to follow what I call the collagen diet. Your body needs collagen to help heal and repair a damaged disc and tissues. In order to do that, collagen is found in bone broth protein or bone broth liquid. Drinking bone broth on a regular basis is the number one dietary thing you can do. You can get bone broth. You can make bone broth at home yourself. You can buy a liquid bone broth and have it shipped to you frozen or sometimes find it in your grocery store.
Bone broth liquid, doing around two to three servings a day is an absolute must. What I recommend you do is make a big CrockPot soup every single day. That’s what you consume. Maybe chicken, celery, onions, carrots, some organic chicken and some chicken bone broth, that’s going to give you some of the nutrients you need to help heal and repair your low back or neck or wherever you might have a herniated disc. Also, getting more antioxidants in things like blueberries. The ideal diet would look like you have a smoothie for breakfast with collagen protein powder or bone broth protein powder. Also some blueberries and some coconut milk. Maybe.
Some antiinflammatory herbs. You put a little bit of ginger root in there. Consuming that every morning for breakfast is the perfect breakfast. For lunch and dinner, doing that warm one pot or slow cooker or CrockPot soup or stew with the bone broth. Man, you’re going to heal fast that way with that type of diet. The best supplements for healing a herniated disc include a collagen protein or a bone broth protein powder. Those contain the amino acids glutamine, glycine, proline, as well as arginine. These are the amino acids that your body needs for collagen production and to help heal damaged tissues. Also, an omega3 supplement. I recommend a fish oil 1000 to.
2000 milligrams a day. Or, a fish roe like a wild fish roe supplement is great. Any type of those omega3 fats is important. Also supplements such as MSM. That’s a sulfur containing supplement that helps with joint repair. Glucosamine and chondroitin can be good. Also, antiinflammatory herbs such as turmeric or the compound in there called curcumin is another great supplement that can help you heal and repair damaged tissues helping you heal any type of herniated disc. That’s one end of the spectrum. The next thing you’ve got to do is follow these healthy both lifestyle and natural treatment.
Tips. The first natural treatment you want to get is do something called Egoscue. Egoscue is a form of physical therapy. Not just any physical therapy. It’s Egoscue that can help you in restoring your posture. This is crucial. Look up Egoscue in your area. Let’s say you live in Philadelphia or in Orlando, Florida, or Dallas, Texas or Los Angeles, California. Look up Egoscue Orlando or Egoscue Florida and find someone in your local area. They’re going to prescribe a specific customized exercise plan for you and have you do exercises to help restore your posture. If you have poor posture or what’s called lowercrossed syndrome or uppercrossed syndrome, that’s going to put extra stress on that disc causing.
A herniated disc. Again, make sure you see an Egoscue practitioner. Step number four is going to be getting what’s called prolotherapy or PRP. Prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma injections actually are going to help repair the damaged tissue. A lot of times what can happen when you herniate a disc is maybe you injured your low back or some of the ligaments. The ligaments become lax. Just like when you stretch an ACL or tear an ACL in your knee or let’s say you sprain your ankle, those ligaments then can become loose. Then, the muscles have to make up for it and become spasm. That can be actually the root cause of your pain.