“The smell rejoiceth the heart of man, for which cause they used to strew it in chambers and places of recreation, pleasure and repose, where feasts and banquets are made.” That is how mint was described in the book Herball by the famous botanist John Gerard. You see, mint has been cherished by countless people for centuries, to this very day. They had hundreds of different names for mint and knew of the numerous health benefits it had to offer, but strangely, very few people knew of its equivalent, cornmint.
Cornmint is basically the same plant as mint and they both produce essential oils that have the same therapeutic benefits. So why haven’t we heard of cornmint essential oil that much? Because it’s much cheaper than mint, or peppermint oil. Manufacturers don’t want you to buy cornmint essential oil because that would put peppermint oil out of business!
What is Cornmint Oil and How is It Made
Cornmint essential oil is a thin, clear liquid extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of Mentha arvensis, a small flowering plant native to Europe, central Asia, and North America. It goes by many other names such as corn mint, field mint, or wild mint. Regardless of what you call it, it gives the same cornmint essential oil we’ve come to love and cherish. It contains the same chemical compounds as traditional peppermint including menthol, menthone, isomenthone, limonene and pinene. This proves that they have the same therapeutic uses. Like what? Let’s find out.
Benefits of Cornmint Oil
Cornmint essential oil is a powerful antispasmodic. This applies to practically any area in the body that can suffer from spasms. Let’s take the gastrointestinal tract for example. Spasms anywhere along your GI tract, for example in your intestines, can lead to severe, colicky pain. This pain can be accompanied by flatulence, bloating, constipation and lots of other problems. Cornmint essential oil relaxes the walls of your intestines and relieves the spasm, which helps treat all of these problems. It can also help improve digestion and the motility of your GI tract which can with problems like dyspepsia.
Another area that commonly suffers from spasms is your respiratory tract. It happens all the time, especially if you’re asthmatic. People who suffer from asthma often have to deal with bronchospasms along their airways that leave them gasping for air. When an asthmatic person is exposed to a certain substance they are allergic to, their body starts to react negatively and their bronchi start to seize up. Narrower bronchi allow less oxygen to pass through and therefore give the feeling of suffocation. That’s why an antispasmodic like cornmint essential oil is absolutely vital because it can quickly reverse the bronchospasm, reopening your airways and allowing you to breathe normally again.
Cornmint essential oil is a powerful antiseptic. It has the ability to kill several kinds of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, and other harmful organisms. Its antibacterial properties are especially useful in fighting bacteria that cause food poisoning and other stomach problems. Cornmint essential oil can also help with skin infections which are quite common following any skin wound or injury. It can help stop any invading organisms from reaching your bloodstream and causing sepsis.
Muscle Pain Relief
Cornmint essential oil is a great painkiller and muscle relaxant. All the annoying back pain, muscle soreness, and even headaches can be soothed away by this natural wonder. These muscles relaxing properties have also been proven to help with conditions like fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
Cornmint essential oil not only helps reverse any spasms in your respiratory tract, but it can also decongest your sinuses and relieve scratchy throats. It also acts as an expectorant that can help get rid of annoying phlegm and excessive mucus. Whether it’s cold, cough, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, or any respiratory problem, you can always count on cornmint essential oil.
Gives a feeling of Satiety
Cornmint essential oil can help you cut back on the munchies. It reduces your feeling of hunger and helps with your cravings. It’s an excellent way to start losing some weight if you’ve been trying to for some time but haven’t been able to suppress your appetite. You probably think you’ll have to drink the oil for it work, don’t you? Not at all. All you have to do is inhale it, directly from the bottle or from a few drops applied to your chest and temples, and all your hunger cravings will go away, giving you control over your appetite.
Cornmint essential oil is a natural antipyretic. That means it can take down a fever. Sure, there are a lot of synthetic alternatives like aspirin and some NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but why go for synthetic chemicals that have numerous side effects when there’s a natural fever-fighter like cornmint essential oil? Rub some on the back of your neck or onto the soles of your feet to experience this oil’s amazing cooling effects.
Cornmint essential oil is an excellent insect repellant. Humans might love its unique aroma, but insects sure don’t! Just one whiff of cornmint essential oil and ticks, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes, lice and even mice will make a run for it. Try adding some cornmint essential oil to your floor cleaner for maximum effect.
Acne isn’t fun to have. Everyone at some point or another develops acne and it’s usually due to stress, hormonal changes and other factors. Cornmint essential oil is a great way to get rid of acne by tackling the source of the problem. You see, acne first develops when your skin produces an excessive amount of oil. This oil combines with dead skin cells and together, they clog up your skin pores. Having clogged skin pores is very bad because this creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and eventually cause acne. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, cornmint essential oil can kill off these harmful bacteria before they get a chance to develop acne.
Cornmint essential oil is added to hundreds of hair care products on the market. Manufacturers include it because of its circulation-stimulating properties. It has the ability to increase the blood flow to your scalp, which means it delivers more nutrients and minerals which are necessary for hair growth. By using cornmint essential oil, you can naturally thicken, strengthen and nourish your hair down to its roots.
How to Use Cornmint Essential Oil
Massaging the Oil
There are several ways you can use cornmint essential oil. The most common method is massaging it to the area that’s bothering you. Here’s a good idea: add 25 drops of cornmint essential oil to about 50 ml of carrier oil such as almond, avocado, apricot, grape seed or jojoba oil. Another common method is inhalation.
Fevers and Mouth Ulcers
It’s great for getting rid of fevers and mouth ulcers. Boil about 1 liter of water and place it in a bowl, then add 3-4 drops of cornmint essential oil and inhale them for about 10 minutes For bad odors, there are a couple of ways you can use cornmint essential oil.
For starters, if the bad odor is related to feet, you can get a small foot basin, fill it up with water, and then add 5-6 drops of cornmint essential oil. On the other hand, if we’re talking about bad mouth odor, it’s a great idea to mix 3 drops of cornmint essential oil to 10ml of water and use them as a gargle. It’ll instantly get rid of unwanted odors and leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed.
Stress and Anxiety
If you’re feeling lazy, or mentally fatigued after a long day at work, climb into your bathtub and add in 6-8 drops of cornmint essential oil and watch as it strips away all the stress and anxiety. Perhaps the most interesting method I’ve heard of for applying essential oils is the aroma pendants.
It’s basically a form of jewelry that allows you to carry the essential oil around with you anywhere you go and only you will be able to smell its aroma. All you have to do is open up the pendant and add in 1-2 drops of cornmint essential oil then close it back up. You’ll be able to enjoy its wonderful aroma all day long. If you’re not going to use cornmint essential oil for yourself, but as an insect repellent, then you can add 15-20 drops of the oil to 250ml of water, shake them well and then spray it around the room to keep pesky insects at bay.
Cornmint essential oil has been used for centuries in treating countless diseases. Not only was it popular, but herbalists all over the world recognized it as an elite oil. It’s truly a wonder when it comes to treating diseases and conditions naturally. It does this without all the side effects of synthetic products. It’s generally safe as long as you keep it away from sensitive areas such as the eyes. Also, pregnant and nursing mothers should check with their physician first before using cornmint essential oil. Other than that, there’s absolutely no excuse as to why you shouldn’t get yourself a bottle of this miraculous oil.