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Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

  • Freshen your breath: Mix a drop of Peppermint oil with a drop of Lemon essential oil in water, take a sip, and swirl it around in your mouth and spit out.

  • Food: Add to meals like desserts, smoothies. (1-2 drops). Add one drop of Peppermint oil with a cut fruit like strawberries or limes for a deliciously infused water.

  • Respiratory function: It helps promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. Add 2 drops peppermint and 1 drops eucalyptus oil to a carrier oil and rub onto chest and back.

  • Stress and energy: Peppermint oil can be used to invigorate, de-stress and promote a feeling of energy. Put a drop in your mask or rub a drop on your temples.

  • Healthy hair: Add Peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner for stimulating hair growth and removing dandruff.

  • Insect repellent: Peppermint oil is used as a home remedy to repel bugs. Try placing one to three drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and placing it in the corners of your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, etc.

  • Deodoriser: Revitalise your trash can with a drop or two of peppermint oil on a cotton ball at the bottom.

  • Muscle aches and headaches: The active components are menthol and menthone and they are analgesic for headaches, muscle aches and inflammation and are also antiseptic. Drink 1 drop peppermint in a glass of water or dilute 1-2 drops into a carrier oil and rub on affected area.

  • Fever reducer: Dilute 1-2 drops with carrier oil and rub onto the soles of your feet.

  • Astringent: Peppermint acts as an astringent that closes pores and tightens the skin. It’s cooling and warming sensations make it an effective anaesthetic that leaves the skin numb to pain and calms redness and inflammation. Make your own toner by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to witch hazel and use as a toner. Avoid contact with eyes.

  • Sunburn and skin irritations: Dilute1-2 drops with carrier oil such as coconut and apply or make your own after tanning gel by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to aloe vera gel and apply to sunburnt skin.

  • Nausea and vomiting: When diluted and inhaled or when rubbed in small amounts behind the ear, peppermint oil can reduce the feeling of nausea, headaches and vomiting.

  • Household cleaner: Due to its anti-microbial properties, peppermint oil can also be used in the general household cleaner recipe (1 cup vinegar, 1cup water, 10-20 drops peppermint oil, 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid)

  • Indigestion: Peppermint oil is helpful in digestion as it has a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension). Add 1 drop peppermint oil to a glass of water for indigestion.