15 Uses: Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is extremely versatile. It's kind of amazing how many products you can replace with plant oils. And at cents per drop, it's pretty dang affordable.


Please know that we only recommend these uses with high-quality essential oils.

Many essential oils you can buy (even from Whole Foods) are cut with synthetics and are not rigorously tested for impurities. You should never ingest oils without first knowing where they came from and their level of purity.

Always take care to ensure the oil has been treated responsibly and third-party tested. Oils are 50-70 times more potent than the plants themselves...they are extremely concentrated! 

 
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Soothe Aches

Peppermint oil is a natural muscle relaxant. If your head is throbbing, add a drop of peppermint to your palm and very carefully apply it to your temples with your finger. Be sure to steer clear of your eyes! Next time your neck or shoulders feel stiff, mix a dime-sized amount of coconut oil and two drops of peppermint oil in your palm and apply. 

Warning: If you ever unfortunately rub your eye with peppermint on your finger, be sure not to add water, as it will cause more discomfort. Instead, apply a neutral oil over the area to dilute.

 

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Support Digestion

Peppermint oil helps you maintain a healthy GI tract, and also can help during times of stomach upset. Add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water and sip slowly.

There's also a great blend called DigestZen that includes peppermint as well as ginger and anise. Check out the top ten oils kit that has both peppermint and DigestZen in smaller-size bottles (85 drops each). Veggie caps ($5 for 160 capsules) are handy to have if you don't like the licorice taste!

 

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Tea Anywhere

Whenever, wherever, add a drop of peppermint to some hot water and sip away. Perfect for travel! 

Avoid plastic containers as essential oils can react with plastic and leach toxins.

 

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Nausea Relief

Inhaling the scent when you're feeling queasy can help. Check out the full post on nausea relief here.

 

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Mouthwash

As peppermint oil is naturally antibacterial, add a drop to a small amount of water and gargle for fresh breath. 

 

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Peppermint Bark

You'll only need one drop–or possibly just the swirl of an oiled toothpick–to get the sweet minty flavor into your chocolate bark. Check out the super easy recipe here*–you simply melt a chocolate bar with a little coconut oil and add in whatever you'd like. Including nuts and seeds not only add nutrients and crunch, but also extends the life of a chocolate bar.

*For T1D followers: depending on your choice of chocolate it's low carb!

 

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Minty Shake

Make a chocolate shake. Add a drop of peppermint oil. Rejoice because it tastes like a thin mint. Peppermint hot chocolate would be delicious too...

Try cacao and milk alternatives like oat, cashew, almond, or coconut milk.

 

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Pick-Me-Up

Feeling groggy? The aroma of peppermint is invigorating, and a great way to wake up.

 

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Cool Off

When you're feeling overheated, apply a little peppermint oil to the back of your neck and wrists. Remember, one drop is extremely powerful, and it might take a minute or two for the full cooling sensation to kick in. A breeze (or fan) will intensify the feeling!

Be sure to read the end of this post for details and watch-outs about topical application.

 

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After Sun Spray

The cooling effects of menthol make peppermint great to counteract the heat of a sun burn. Simply add a drop of peppermint to a palmful of aloe gel and apply. Peppermint oil also makes a great addition to an after sun spray made of aloe juice, a carrier oil, lavender oil, and melaleuca (tea tree) oil. 

 

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Seasonal Soother

Peppermint is a powerful part of the allergy blend, along with lemon and lavender. Peppermint helps to relax constricting muscles that cause discomfort. Combine lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a diffuser or apply one drop of each with carrier oil to the neck during times of seasonal threats. Use daily for the noticeable benefit!

 

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Respiratory Relief

Peppermint oil helps clear airways when you're feeling stuffy. Inhaling the aroma from a diffuser or from a drop of oil in your palm is calming and clearing. You can also mix two drops of peppermint oil with a dime-sized amount of fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil) and apply to your chest for a soothing sensation.

The dōTERRA Breathe blend features peppermint as well as eucalyptus, cardamom, and melaleuca (tea tree). The Breathe blend is also part of the top ten oils kit that you can check out here

 

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Salt Scrub

Peppermint oil is cooling and smells awesome in the shower when you're using your own salt scrub (extremely easy to make... and really budget friendly). Peppermint is great for skin and helps prevent blemishes.

 

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Carpet Freshener

Add 10 drops peppermint to 2 cups baking soda and store in an airtight container. To use, sprinkle some of the scented baking soda on your carpet, let sit for an hour or two, then vacuum. 

 

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Pest Control

Consider the fact that plants have their own chemical defense mechanisms to protect themselves from bugs. You can harness those natural compounds with many different plant oils, and peppermint happens to be an effective one. 

How do you use it? Add peppermint oil (and maybe some lemon or wild orange oil) to a simple all-purpose spray made from white vinegar and water, and use around your home. Or simply mix with water and sprinkle around your home with your fingertips.


Remember:

We only recommend these uses with high-quality essential oils.

Many essential oils you can buy (even from Whole Foods) are cut with synthetics and/or rigorously tested for impurities, and you should absolutely not ingest them.

After a lot of research we found a company we trust called dōTERRA. Whatever you do, just make sure the oil has been treated responsibly and third-party tested. Oils are 50-70 times more potent than the plants themselves...they are extremely concentrated!

Check out dōTERRA's sourcing website here.

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Topical Application:

Put a dime-sized amount of fractionated coconut oil in your palm, add 1-2 drops of peppermint, rub your hands together, and apply.

This oil is marked "S" for sensitive on the dōTERRA product page for peppermint.

For sensitive skin or children, peppermint oil should be diluted with several drops of neutral oil (like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba) before topical application.

Warning: If you ever unfortunately rub your eye with peppermint on your finger, be sure not to add water, as it will cause more discomfort. Instead, apply a neutral oil over the area to dilute.

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