Use Peppermint Oil For Neuropathy
Yes, You Can Find Relief For Neuropathy With Herbs!
Every harvest, my father-in-law can be seen working hard alongside of the combine operating the graincart. Now that he is in his 80s, he may need a little help getting up the stairs and into the tractor. But, he lives to be in a tractor. We can’t get him out of it most of the time. Don is a cancer survivor for at least fifteen years and counting. We are blessed to have in our lives.
One of the outcomes of his cancer treatments is Neuropathy. Neuropathy is an outcome of damage to your peripheral nerves. This damage can cause numbness, shooting pain, and even burning feelings in your hands and feet. The peripheral nerves are important because they send and receive information from your brain’s nervous system. According to the MayoClinic, peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes, exposure to toxins, and even diabetes mellitus.
According to the National Center of Complementary and Integrated Health, peppermint has been used for health purposes for several thousand years and is mentioned in writings from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Now, peppermint is used to aid in digestive problems, headaches, muscle aches, itching, and other health difficulties. A 2010 research study published by BMC Complement Alternative Medicine, prescription medicine in this area is often limited because there is long term dependency upon it and the medicine’s side effects are less than desirable.
Although not heavily researched, Peppermint leaves and oil has been used by many neuropathy patients and their personal testimonies state a sharp reduction in pain and other related neuropathy symptoms. Peppermint is known to help relax muscles, control spasms, and act as an overall pain reliever.
My dear old father-in-law’s neuropathy is so bad that my mother-in-law puts the oil directly on his feet at full strength. I wouldn’t recommend this for you. Try diluting about 2-5% dilution of peppermint oil with carrier oil like jojoba before application to the skin.
If nothing else, your sinus passages will sure open up when smelling Peppermint menthol oil at full strength. You may think of candy canes or even getting free peppermint candies after eating at Pizza Hut in the 1980s when you smell it. But, Alternative Medicine Folklore says Peppermint is also a great appetite suppressant. For me, that is an added plus!!!!
his information should not be considered to be healthcare advice or medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs and spices mentioned in this posting.