Essential Oils 101: Peppermint


Young Living Peppermint essential oil is a favorite of mine & frequently used in our household. Because of its many medicine uses, it has a special spot in my medicine cabinet. Peppermint is a natural antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiparasitic, digestive stimulant, analgesic, and antispasmodic. It is one of the main ingredients in many different pain relieving essential oil blends. Peppermint has a cool, fresh scent, and is very invigorating. When diluted appropriately, it can also be safely used on aches and sprains on pets. Although this oil is safe to use during pregnancy, some caution should be taken by breastfeeding moms because peppermint in large quantities has been known to reduce milk supply.

Some uses for peppermint:

  • Reduce body temperature
    • Dilute one drop in a tsp carrier oil, then rub onto your temples and forehead, can also apply to bottom of feet
  • Invigorate lungs / Relieve chest congestion / Cough / Open airways
    • Massage 2-3 drops (along with a carrier oil) onto chest or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion
    • Steam along with eucalyptus to relieve a cough. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, and add a few drops of essential oil. Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10-12 inches above the bowl and breathe in the steam.
  • Calm headaches
    • Dilute in a tsp carrier oil, rub over aching area (if sinus pressure, rub over sinuses — be careful to avoid eyes)
    • Dilute, rub one drop onto your temples, then rub into your hands, cup hands together & inhale deeply
    • Mix with lavender essential oil & dilute in a carrier oil for further relief
  • Energize/Invigorate
    • Rub one drop onto your temples, then rub into your hands, cup hands together & inhale deeply
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine
    • Inhale before/after a workout to keep up your energy
    • Dilute & apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up
  • Improve mental clarity/alertness/focus
    • Rub one drop onto your temples, then rub into your hands, cup hands together & inhale deeply
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Dilute & place 2 drops on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose
  • Curb appetite
    • Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to suppress the desire to snack
  • Ease digestive complaints
    • Add a drop to your herbal tea
    • Dilute a drop in 1/2 tsp coconut oil and rub around and above navel
  • Motion sickness
    • Apply a drop to wrists & inhale
  • Relieve muscle/joint soreness
    • Add a few drops to a bath… or a foot bath!
    • Dilute and apply directly to sore area/s
  • Relieve itching from insect bites
    • Dilute one drop of peppermint and one drop of lavender in a tsp of carrier oil & apply to bitten area
  • Allergies
    • Mix a 2:2:2 drop ratio with lemonlavender essential oils, then take orally (in a gel capsule or water). NEVER take non-Young Living essential oils orally.
  • Dandruff
    • Add a drop or two to homemade shampoo to fight dandruff
  • Odor elimination
    • Make a deodorizing spray
    • Apply to cotton balls and leave in the bottom of trash can (outside of the trash bag)
  • Use in body products like lotion & bath salts
  • Make chocolate peppermint freezer fudge!

What questions do you have about peppermint essential oil? How have you used peppermint essential oil?

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2 thoughts on “Essential Oils 101: Peppermint

  1. You can also mix a drop or two of peppermint with a drop or two of clove oil in a small glass of water and gargle three times for a sore throat and congestion. Almost immediately you will experience relief of cold symptoms. I take then take the glass of water to my bedside table at night and if I wake up with recurring symptoms the glass is right there to gargle and go back to sleep. Since you can take these oils internally, I will just swallow the gargle.

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    • Thank you for sharing, Stacy! I would say that it might be best to discard the gargled water if possible due to the bacteria it has pulled from the inside of your mouth while gargling (kind of like with oil pulling you don’t want to swallow the icky bacteria), but of course in the middle of the night I wouldn’t get out of bed to do that specifically. 🙂

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