Lets geek out on Dōterra Peppermint. There is a reason it is one of the most popular oils.
Menthol is one of the oldest known terpene compounds. There is some evidence suggesting that it was identified in Japan in the first century A.D., and it has a long history of use in traditional herbal preparations. In the Western world, it was first isolated in Germany in the late 18th century.
Peppermint is often referred to as an “energizing” essential oil, and by examining the research, it is easy to understand why. Clinical and experimental research suggests that aromatic use of menthol may yield a sensation of soothing and cooling to the respiratory tract, which promotes feelings of clear breathing. One of the most popular ways to experience Peppermint oil is right before doing something active. Put a few drops in your palms, rub them together, and directly inhale for an energizing pick-me-up and to support feelings of clear breathing.
Geek extra: * IONS
Surrounding each cell is a lipid bilayer, also known as the plasma membrane. Although essential oil constituents can readily pass through this membrane (see "Bioactivity of Essential Oils"), they can also directly influence specialized membrane proteins called ion channels. Ion channels control the influx and outflux of ions through the membrane. Ions are molecules with a net positive or negative electrical charge, such as Na+ (sodium ion) or Cl– (chloride ion). This influx and outflux of ions in cells is responsible for nerve impulse and muscle contraction, among many other functions.
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