I'm someone who suffers from a medical condition called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ). TMJ is basically a disorder causing my jaw to slide out of it socket. Because of my condition, I'm not allowed to have any chewy foods that could aggravate the joints from popping out. Gum being the number one irritator for my jaw, which I have not been able to enjoy for over six years.
When my friend first introduced me to FUM + Peppermint, I instantly fell in love with the sensation. Not only was I able to get the refreshing feeling that chewing mint gum gives, but the peppermint opened up my chest, leaving me feeling more energized. Curious about what other benefits peppermint oil and FUM could bring, I started looking more into it. Here's what I found….
-Jocelyn, from the FUM Fam
Peppermint is a cross between two species: spearmint and water mint. The medical benefits of peppermint plants and oil dates by to the herbal pharmacopoeia of ancient Greece. Its active ingredients are menthol, making up 50-60 percent of peppermint's compound and menthone, which is 10-30 percent.
Improves Oral Health: Peppermint oil has qualities that kill bacteria and fungus that leads to cavities and infections.
Increase Endurance: The methyl salicylate found in peppermint oil can increase stamina, alertness and endurance during physical activity. When inhaled wintergreen helps open up nasal and respiratory passages, which boosts energy and allows more oxygen into your lungs as well as relieving pain from muscular, joint of skeletal strains.
Opens Respiratory System: When inhaled, peppermint oil can help unclog sinuses. It acts as an expectorant, which helps open your airways by clearing mucus and congestion.
Boosts Blood Circulation: Peppermint oil has a stimulating effect as it increases the blood circulation. Once the vapor touches the nerve, It immediately boosts the pulse rate and oxygenates all organs in the body.
Helps Motion Sickness and Nausea: When ingested, peppermint oil can relax the gastrointestinal system, resulting in increased serotonin and substance P levels, which acts as a neurotransmitter reducing postoperative nausea and vomiting.
Antiviral Agent: Studies show that the compounds in peppermint oil have antiviral, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, which are known to help fight infections within the body.
Helps Digestion and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Research reveals that when ingested, peppermint oil effectively relaxes the gastrointestinal track, thus calming the channel and relieving intestinal discomfort and issues.