Vaping peppermint as a treatment for allergy-induced asthma

Vaping peppermint as a treatment for allergy-induced asthma

While a cure for asthma remains fleeting, scientists now believe that vaping peppermint oil acts as a natural medical therapy to significantly reduce the number and severity of related symptoms.  According to statistics published by the American Lung Association, approximately 26 million people in the United States alone are currently diagnosed with this chronic and potentially life-threatening disease.

Although there are several forms of prescription medications that can help manage the symptoms, they often come with sometimes uncomfortable side effects.  As a result, many asthmatics are now turning to vaping peppermint oil as an effective and less costly alternative.

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Patients often claim that an asthma attack feels as if someone is sitting on their chest preventing them from breathing properly.  Symptoms of the less severe cases can range from a slight tightness in the chest to shorter bouts of coughing and wheezing.  The more urgent asthma attacks might cause the patient to be rushed to the emergency room for immediate professional treatment.  The three types of medical asthma include the following.

  • Occupational asthma: Triggered when the patient develops an aversion to specific chemicals and substances found in the workplace.
  • Exercise-induced asthma: Triggered by various forms of strenuous activities, such as climbing stairs, running, or heavy lifting.
  • Allergy-induced asthma: Triggers when patients are genetically predisposed to allergies related to dust, dander, or other common substances.

It is this third form of the disease - allergy-induced asthma – where medical professionals believe vaping peppermint oil can prove most beneficial.  The peppermint plant is one of Mother Nature’s antihistamines.  And because this plant is found in nature, the human body absorbs its medicinal qualities much faster and more efficiently than most Big Pharma medications ever could. 

Vaping peppermint for asthma and other medical purposes

According to the Global Health Center in Houston, Texas, mentha piperita or peppermint also acts as a natural antibacterial preventing the development of bacteria in both the lungs and the oral cavity in much the same way as the vaporized propylene glycol found in e-liquids. This bacteria-killing effect is also one of the primary reasons that so many toothpastes and mouthwashes are flavored with peppermint.  Other medicinal benefits of peppermint include:

  • Useful therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Aids in digestive issues
  • Relieves nausea and stomachaches
  • Reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Inhibits pregnancy-related morning sickness
  • Sometimes cures hiccups
  • Reduces sinus inflammation
  • Prevents snoring
  • Reduces the severity and frequency of menstrual cramps
  • Manages depression and anxiety
  • Reduces symptoms related to arthritis and joint issues
  • Useful remedy for muscle spasms
  • Heals rashes and irritations of the skin
  • And so much more

If vaping peppermint oil is not preferable, its medicinal benefits can sometimes be achieved by simply rubbing a peppermint-infused balm on the affected area of the body.  For example, for relief from nausea or stomach aches, rubbing a bit of peppermint oil on the belly often works wonders.  

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