According to experts, refined sugar has the same addictive effect on the brain as heroin or morphine. According to a 2010 study, sugar addiction activates the same pathways in the brain like heroin, and is also very difficult to break, especially if your digestive system and body are affected by candida, parasites or bacteria. This is why it’s important to perform a sugar detox process in order to break the habit.
Dr. Alan Hirsch recently conducted a study with his colleagues which examined the effects of peppermint oil on the satiety center of the brain which is responsible for the feeling of fullness after meals. The study showed that inhaling peppermint essential oil does help against sugar cravings and may also help you lose weight.
Health benefits of peppermint essential oil
Peppermint is a hybrid mint plant that is native to Europe and the Middle East. The plant’s oil is versatile and has numerous therapeutic effects. It can provide a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, so it’s a great remedy for sore muscles after a workout. The oil also has antibacterial properties that can relieve digestive problems and bad breath.
According to experts, peppermint oil’s health benefits don’t stop there. The oil has been found to treat asthma and other respiratory disorders, eliminate excess mucus in the pathways, reduce inflammation caused by tuberculosis, treat herpes infections, alleviate pain, lower stress and reduce the symptoms of many nervous disorders.
Peppermint oil uses
As we mentioned at the beginning, peppermint essential oil is especially helpful against sugar cravings. You can prevent them in two ways – either apply it on your feet or inhale the oil every day. You can also put it in a diffuser or apply a mixture of peppermint oil and some carrier oil on your temples or wrists.
Here’s how to prepare the oil at home:
- Fresh peppermint leaves
- Olive oil (or some other type of carrier oil)
- A glass jar
Wash the peppermint leaves well and chop them, then put them in a jar and pour the olive oil over them. Next, close the jar tightly and leave it for 24 hours. Now, strain the mixture and add more of the ingredients, then close the jar again. Repeat the process for 5 days, then remove the leaves, pour the oil in another container and keep it in a cool and dark place.
This homemade oil can be used for different purposes. To fight bad breath and clean your oral cavity, put a drop of it in your mouth. To relieve upset stomach and treat digestive problems, put several drops of it in a veggie capsule and swallow it. Use the oil in a diffuser if you’re feeling tired, or add a couple of drops in your smoothie for a refreshing flavor. Massaging your temples with the oil in the morning will boost your energy levels and keep you going through the day.