The rich, woodsy, camphor-like scent of peppermint has made it a popular fragrance and flavor enhancer. It can be found in everything from shampoo to ice cream. But, according to sources at Organic Facts, peppermint has such a long history of healing, it is often considered the world’s ‘oldest’ form of medicine. Peppermint is an analgesic that can provide relief from pain when applied to affected areas. It also possesses natural anti-inflammatory capabilities said to be suitable for reducing swelling or redness associated with wounds or injuries. The menthol aspect of peppermint is also said to be calming for skin, providing balancing nourishment that can improve oily or greasy complexions. Researchers say that peppermint essential oil has also illustrated positive results in encouraging hair growth. It is also known to sooth itchy, irritated scalps plagued with dandruff.