Peppermint essential oil has been studied extensively for its many benefits, from relieving indigestion, headaches, and muscle aches to repelling insects. For this discussion, we are going to be looking at its remarkable cooling effects on the skin.
Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant and has a chemical called menthol in it. When menthol is applied to the skin, it causes nerve cells to sense cold without actually changing the temperature. In the same way as capsaicin in pepper causes the heat in a chili pepper to burn your tongue, menthol can calm the heat of overworked muscles and painful joints. It is considered a “thermoreceptor” or something that makes the skin feel cool. In soaps, skin and lip care products, menthol offers a cool treat to the skin. The scent of peppermint is a bright, uplifting and said to enhance memory and alertness.
Peppermint essential oil offers a great showering experience in soaps. Why not try our cooling, refreshing Royal Peppermint goat’s milk soap? Check it out here: Royal Peppermint Goat’s Milk Soap