Peppermint Oil For Itching
Peppermint oil can very effectively help in treating itching. Itching can be a cause of many conditions such as rashes, dry skin, drugs, allergic reactions, certain internal diseases and skin disorders. Using diluted
peppermint oil for itching
gives immediate relief. But, in certain cases peppermint oil can cause side effects, thus a physician’s consultation is necessary.
Peppermint oil is obtained from peppermint herb by a process of steam distillation. The oil has a fresh, mint flavored aroma and is pale green or yellow in color. It is also rich in a chemical component called menthol that may cause the skin to become more sensitive in some people.
Peppermint essential oil is a very effective analgesic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is beneficial in treating itching caused by scabies, dermatitis and stress conditions. It also provides soothing and calming effect from skin redness, rashes and irritation.
How To Use Peppermint Oil For Itching?
- Before going to use peppermint oil, you should identify the right source behind itching and then it may be helpful to you on how to treat the itching.
- You should always dilute the peppermint oil before using it on the skin. Add some base or carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil to the peppermint oil for making it diluted. Now, apply on the affected skin area and gently rub it.
Things to Consider
- Generally, peppermint oil is non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. But, the high menthol content in it may worsen the skin condition if it is used in high concentration. Hence, it should always be used in diluted form.
- Peppermint oil is not good to use on children and babies as they have sensitive skin.
- You should be careful in using peppermint oil, if your skin is too sensitive as it may cause contact dermatitis (localized inflammation of skin).
- Do not combine peppermint oil with any homeopathic treatments.