What comes to mind when you think “peppermint oil?”
Chewing gum? Restaurant mints or candy canes? Toothpaste?
Think again—peppermint essential oil is your “go-to” for headaches, fever relief, muscular aches, and digestive upsets.
Peppermint oil, especially when used with ginger, can also help nausea and digestive complaints from food or travel sickness.
Peppermint is also a great oil to use in blends for colds and coughs.
Peppermint essential oil is high in menthol, which gives it a “cooling-then-warming” quality, like BenGay® or Icy Hot®. That makes it perfect for relief from occasional headaches, fever symptoms, and muscle tension.
It has a stimulating and invigorating aroma, so it’s best not to use it right before bed (or after dinner if you have problems with insomnia).
We love it here at OilSimple. Its aroma is so refreshing, it’s one of our favorite essential oils!
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Peppermint oil for headaches
Make a small blend of 6 drops of Peppermint and 18 drops of Lavender. Then add 1 drop of this blend to 1 drop of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Apply to the base of your skull and on your temples, right at the hairline.
Peppermint oil for hair
Peppermint essential oil has a stimulating effect on your hair and scalp. Try peppermint as one of the oils in this Deep Hair Conditioner recipe from doTERRA.
Peppermint essential oil for a toothache
Peppermint oil can help to numb a sore area. Mix 1 drop of peppermint oil with ½ a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub on the affected gum area.
Peppermint oil for stomach ache
Peppermint oil can be helpful for bloating, gas and nausea. Be careful though—if you eat it or drink it, peppermint can make problems like indigestion and heartburn worse.
It’s better to rub a peppermint blend over your stomach in the painful area. Make this blend out of 5 drops of Peppermint, 15 drops of Cardamom and 10 drops of Roman Chamomile, then add those oils to 5 teaspoons of carrier oil (almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc). Rub on your abdomen every 45–60 minutes, as needed.
Peppermint oil for your scalp
To help with dandruff flakes, add 2 drops of Peppermint, 5 drops of Thyme and 5 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) to half a cup of cider vinegar. Then mix into a cup of distilled water, and add it all to a glass bottle. Use a teaspoon every night and massage into scalp. Rinse in the morning.
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Peppermint oil: A closer look
Peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and flowers of a perennial plant.
It has a powerful and stimulating aroma that is minty, fresh and herbaceous (it smells “green” and delicious).
When used in aromatherapy blends, Peppermint is considered a “top note,” meaning you’ll usually smell it first in a blend.
It can be overpowering in a blend, so less is more with peppermint.
Peppermint is high in natural chemicals called alcohols and ketones. This means it will stimulate some of your body’s systems and calm others.
That’s part of the reason peppermint is so versatile. It’s a good oil to use for relief from headaches, as well as joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains or rheumatoid arthritis. But it can also soothe nausea, bloating, and other mild digestive complaints.
It’s a great uplifting and energizing oil which you can add to diffuser blends for afternoon motivation, or when you need focus and concentration (such as when you’re studying).
Avoid peppermint during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and keep it out of reach of children.
Because it’s a stronger oil, take care when you’re applying Peppermint oil to your skin—and especially to more sensitive areas. Check with your doctor if you need help.
Blends and blending
Quick and easy
These doTERRA blends contain peppermint:
- Aromatouch: a relaxing and comforting massage blend to reduce tension. Great for a whole body experience.
- Deep Blue: a soothing and cooling oil blend for a soothing massage. Awesome on muscles after a hard workout.
- Breathe (aka Easy Air): a fabulous diffuser blend to promote easy breathing and a restful night’s sleep. Also helps protect against environmental threats.
- Motivate: an encouraging mint and citrus blend that promotes feelings of confidence, courage, and belief in yourself.
- PastTense: a soothing blend to help provide grounding and balanced emotions. Has a cooling effect when you roll it onto your neck or temples.
- Slim & Sassy (aka Smart & Sassy): a metabolic blend that helps manage hunger. Also supports a healthy metabolism in a natural way.
- TriEase Softgels: a blend to protect against seasonal and environmental elements. Also promotes a healthy respiratory system.
- DigestZen (aka ZenGest): a “tummy tamer” blend with the ability to aid digestion, soothe occasional stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health.
- Breath freshener/mouth rinse: Add 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Lemon to a glass of water, and swish a sip around in your mouth. Instant fresh breath!
- Aching foot bath: Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts and 1 drop of Peppermint to a small tub of cool water. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes for a refreshing foot bath to relieve aches.
- Afternoon pick-me-up diffuser blend: Add 2 drops of Peppermint, 3 drops of Wild Orange and 1 drop of Frankincense to a diffuser for an uplifting blend.
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What is peppermint oil used for?
Peppermint oil is most often used in aromatherapy for its digestive and respiratory support and analgesic (occasional pain-relieving) properties.
It’s great for
- relief from bloating and digestive cramps
- help with joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains, and rheumatoid arthritis, and
- support with coughs and colds.
Peppermint is also good for mental fatigue, and as a tonic to the nervous system.
Is peppermint essential oil good for your skin?
Peppermint oil in low dilutions can help with skin irritations such as bug bites. However, it is NOT an oil typically used in skin care.
Peppermint may also cause skin or mucous membrane irritation, so make sure to dilute the oil well and take caution if you decide to use it on your skin.
Is peppermint extract the same as peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil is a 100% pure essential oil. An extract is often blended with an alcohol, and is not anywhere close to as strong or pure as the essential oil.
You can NOT use peppermint extract in the same ways as peppermint essential oil.
Is peppermint oil safe during pregnancy?
We wouldn’t recommend it. Contact your doctor before use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
A special note
Do NOT use peppermint oil with children under 5 years old.
It can be neurotoxic—poisonous to nerves—if you apply it near a child’s face. In children, peppermint can very rarely cause sudden constriction of the heart and lungs.
Again, DO NOT USE PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL WITH YOUNG CHILDREN UNDER 5.
Where to buy peppermint essential oil if you want some
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Peppermint oil: Next steps for you
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