Peppermint in Green Homemade Hand Soap
Peppermint, known botanically as Mentha pipperita, is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint.
It grows in all parts of the world and has smooth and often purple leaves and purple labiate flowers. It is widely used in homemade hand soap making due to its aromatic and antimicrobial nature as well as its toning properties. It is also a drying herb and is not recommended for dry or flaky skin conditions.
According to acupuncturist David Crowe in his book “The Pharmacy of Flowers,” peppermint essential oil added to skin soaps works as an antiseptic skin cleanser used to treat urticaria and pruritis. It also relives itchiness and irritation when used with moderation; otherwise, it may cause skin irritation. Peppermint homemade hand soap acts as a refreshing skin tonic and cools down inflammation cause by skin blemishes and acne.
For those who pull all-nighters due to work or study, baths with peppermint homemade hand soap would come in really handy, as a sniff of peppermint essential oil stimulates the mind. You’ll practically regain all the vitality your mind had over the day after a nice, warm bath with peppermint homemade hand soap.
The nutrients and menthol content found in peppermint essential oil is responsible for the effects of peppermint homemade hand soap. First up, peppermint homemade hand soap, when applied to the skin in either solid or liquid form, kills germs and bacteria on the surface, leaving residue that can be washed off with water.
In aromatherapy, aromatic molecules, or the active ingredients in essential oils, interact with the nasal cavity when inhaled through the nose. Next, these molecules make their way up to the brain at the limbic system, which controls the activity of the endocrine and nervous systems. The brain then transmits these molecules to the aforementioned organ systems. The endocrine system, which is in charge of hormonal release, carries these molecules as hormones are released to the bloodstream and in turn, the molecules are circulated to different parts of the body with the blood. The nervous system, when doused with aromatic molecules, sends messages to its nerve receptors to slow down, subsequently creating stress relief.
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