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There are a lot of health benefits to using peppermint essential oil.
The Latin name for peppermint essential oil is Mentha piperita. Peppermint is one of the most popular, used, and studied essential oils. There have been thousands of studies on this essential oil. Peppermint has so many uses and health benefits that I can’t think of any good reason why you shouldn’t have it in your medicine cabinet.
Truth be told I use peppermint essential oil the most out of all the essential oils. Peppermint is one of the cheaper essential oils and I typically buy 4 oz of it from NOW because I use it so much.
Peppermint essential oil has been used by many different cultures all around the globe for its medicinal properties. Peppermint oil is an antiviral, antibacterial, and analgesic essential oil. Please see this article on essential oil cleaning recipes which I use peppermint in all the time.
Think about it peppermint is found in a lot of products we use every day. This includes ice cream, tea, chewing gum, toothpaste, cigarettes, shampoo, soap, etc.
Peppermint Essential Oil Warnings
Do not use peppermint essential oil if you are pregnant, have epilepsy, and are under 6 years old. Peppermint essential oil can cause skin irritation so make sure do a skin patch test before applying topically. Also, avoid contact with mucus membranes.
13 Health Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
There are many uses for peppermint essential oil. I really believe it’s one of the most useful essential oils. I hope to teach you how to use peppermint essential oil in this article.
Natural Pain Killer
Out of all the essential oils, peppermint is the number one oil for helping reduce pain. It has a cooling and refreshing effect on the body and mind. The pain that peppermint essential oil has been used to treat has been sore backs, tension headaches, or sore muscles.
There have been several studies which show peppermint oil is effective in treating pain. This study shows that peppermint essential oil helped reduce pain that was associated with fibromyalgia. Along with using peppermint essential oil for muscle pain, you can also use it for joint pain, too.
A lot of different brands of essential oils make rub-ons and any of the blends that are used for pain always contain peppermint.
Topically. Peppermint essential oil is used commonly with carrier oils as a roll on. You should never apply peppermint essential oil without a carrier oil. Your body could have a serious reaction. Additionally, you can use peppermint essential oil in your lotion and rub it on the problematic area.
Bath. You can take a warm bath for 20-30 minutes and add in 7-10 drops of peppermint essential oil. This will help your body relax and provide you with some relief.
Peppermint is a stimulating essential oil. This means it gives you energy when you inhale it or apply it topically. Many people use peppermint oil for chronic fatigue syndrome because it helps improve their concentration and mood. Typically people will use an electronic diffuser and diffuse it throughout the day, which helps with their concentration and alertness.
Peppermint oil is one of the best essential oils to inhale or apply topically when you wake up in the morning, need a midday boost, or need extra focus. People have even used peppermint oils to help improve ADHD because it improves their concentration and alertness.
Inhale. Use an inhaler throughout the day when you need some extra energy. I highly recommend Plant Therapy’s inhaler.
Diffuse. In your electronic diffuser, you can add in 5-7 drops of peppermint. This will help your mind stay alert and focused.
Topically. You can apply peppermint to your temples or back of your neck 2-3 times a day.
Many people have been using peppermint to alleviate their headaches for years now. Peppermint has natural cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, people that suffer from migraines have noticed a reduction in pain 15 minutes after applying peppermint to their temples, topically.
The reason peppermint is so effective in relieving headaches is that it increases blood flow and circulation.
Topically. Apply peppermint with a carrier oil to your temples, forehead, and back of your neck 2-3 times day. You can make a headache relief roll-on and use it anytime you have a headache. Most do experience relief within 10-15 minutes after applying peppermint to their temples, forehead, and back of their neck.
If you’re nauseous and need a quick fix peppermint essential oil can alleviate your nausea. Peppermint essential oil has been used for motion sickness for several years now. You can diffuse it or put a couple drops on your hands to inhale it which should relieve your nausea. Peppermint essential oil has been used with cancer patients for years. Patients who have been treated with chemotherapy have noticed they are far less nauseous after applying peppermint oil behind their ears.
Inhale. Put a couple drops of peppermint essential oil on your hands and rub them together. Then couple them around your nose and breathe it in. Also, you can use an inhaler and sniff it for 1-2 minutes throughout the day when you’re feeling nauseous. If you’re at home you can always just inhale the peppermint straight out of the bottle.
Aids In Digestion
Did you know there are a lot of dietary supplements that contain peppermint oil in them? The essential oil can help with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). According to WebMD there have been clinical studies that show peppermint essential oil is effective in relieving IBS. The peppermint oil relieves your gas, bloating, acidic stomach, and indigestion.
Topically. To use peppermint essential oil for IBS you’re going to want to rub the abdominal area along with a carrier oil for 1-2 minutes.
Internally. As I mentioned there are a lot of supplements on the market that contains peppermint. To use peppermint internally you can put it in a capsule and swallow it. Also, you can put one drop on your wrist and lick it off. Do make sure you drink a glass of water.
Since peppermint oil has been used to treat mental fatigue because it stimulates your brain it’s also a good remedy for being mentally worn down. I have found that when mixed with rosemary it really helps me when I am mentally exhausted.
Inhaler. Use an inhaler and inhale the peppermint as needed.
Topically. People apply peppermint oil topically with a carrier oil on their neck to relieve their mental fatigue.
Bath. Along with your aching muscles, joints, etc. when you add 7-10 drops to a warm bath it also helps put your mind at ease.
Peppermint is a great essential oil for building up immunity and keeping you well. Whenever you have a scratchy throat peppermint can be used and is often inhaled to provide your sore throat some relief. If you are having sinus issues peppermint oil can be used to unclog your sinuses. Because peppermint is an expectorant it can help provide relief to coughs, asthma, bronchitis, and even relief for the common cold.
Inhaler. Use an inhaler and inhale the peppermint essential oil throughout the day.
Diffuse. Add 4-7 drops to your electronic diffuser which will help ease your sinus issues.
Topically. If used topically on your chest peppermint can also help open up your airways and acts as a decongestant.
Don’t apply peppermint essential oil to your face though. I do not recommend applying it around your sinus area.
Dealing with allergies is a pain for many people. There are a lot of over the counter drugs you can take for seasonal allergies. These prescriptions or OTC drugs can cause fatigue, though. However, one of the most effective ways to give your body some relief from seasonal allergies is to use peppermint. Peppermint is an expectorant and has anti-inflammatory properties which help your body get rid of pollen and muck.
Diffuse. To help give your sinuses relief from allergies it’s recommended that you add 4-5 drops to your electronic diffuser. I would also recommend using eucalyptus with peppermint.
Steam. You can boil some water and add 4-5 drops of peppermint in and breathe in the steam to help clear up your passageways. If you don’t want to stand over the stove while the water and peppermint are boiling you can wait until the water is boiling and dump the water into a glass bowl. Then you add in 4-5 drops of peppermint and put a towel behind your head and breathe in the peppermint.
Topically. Apply peppermint with a carrier oil to your temples, chest, and the back of your neck.
If you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake or are dieting you’re going to have hunger cravings. Also, peppermint essential oil will make you fill full quicker. There have been studies conducted on peppermint essential oil which indicate that it helps reduce hunger cravings. This study which was conducted in 2008 shows that people that inhaled peppermint essential oil every 2 hours had fewer food cravings than those that didn’t inhale peppermint.
Internally. You can put a drop or two on your wrist and lick it off with your tongue. Make sure you drink a glass of water after using peppermint internally. Also, you can put 1-2 drops in a capsule and ingest it that way.
Inhale. Inhale peppermint from the bottle or use an inhaler throughout the day when you have hunger cravings. Do this as often as you want.
Diffuse. Add 4-7 drops to your diffuser. This will help uplift your mood. Also, it’s great to diffuse prior to working out because it energizes your mind.
Keep Bugs Away
There are a lot of bugs that hate the smell of peppermint. Therefore peppermint is a great bug repellent. Peppermint will ward off the following bugs:
Spray. You can make a peppermint bug spray. To do this you want to mix one cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Then you add 16 oz of water. Add in about 40-50 drops of peppermint essential oil. Make sure you shake the bottle before spraying it. It’s recommended that you use a glass container, but you can use a plastic spray bottle if you would like.
Relief From Sun Burn
If you have been out in the sun to long you will find peppermint essential oil to be a lifesaver. What is great about peppermint is it actually helps hydrate burnt skin and provides you some relief from your sunburn. Peppermint actually contains a high SPF (sun protection factor).
Topically. Use peppermint with coconut carrier oil and apply it directly to your skin. Also, you can make your own sunburn relief lotion. To do this you simply add a couple drops to your lotion before applying it to your skin.
Menthol helps reduce pain. This could be anything from throat pain, chest pain, muscles, joints, etc. But, peppermint essential oil can be used to help reduce your fever. If your trying to get over the flu or sickness and you’re running a fever peppermint essential oil can help.
Topically. Mix 2-3 drops with carrier oil like coconut. Apply it to the soles of the feet. This will help the peppermint absorb into the body quicker. Your fever should drop as a result.
Peppermint essential oil has been used in hair products for several years. Just check the labels and you will see that it’s in lots of different conditioners and shampoos. You can add it to your regular shampoo to help thicken or nourish damaged hair. Also, peppermint has been used to help stop hair loss. Naturally, because of it’s cool and refreshing smell it can help energize you when you shampoo with it.
Not only does peppermint stimulate the scalp it also stimulates the mind, too. Menthol is a very strong antiseptic and helps kill germs that might be living in your hair. Peppermint can even help remove dead skin and help relieve dandruff issues.
Topically. Add a couple drops to your shampoo or conditioner. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. You will feel your scalp tingle.
These are just some of the uses for peppermint essential oil. As you can clearly see there are a plethora of ways to use it. Did you know you can even use peppermint essential oil mixed with lemon in homemade Poo Pourri spray, too?
Hopefully, this clears up any questions you might have on peppermint essential oil. Please if you have any questions or concerns leave a comment down below.