This week we are looking at PEPPERMINT essential oil! Peppermint is, easily, one of my top five most used oils. I NEVER leave home without it. Period. There are a bajillion (exaggeration…) ways to use it. As usual, this is not an end-all be-all list, but it will hopefully show you how versatile this oil is! AND give you a new idea or two on how to use it!
Romans and Greeks used peppermint to flavor food and wines. Icelandic medicinal books reference it all the way back to AD1240.
Topical: Peppermint is a “hot” oil, so dilution is suggested. I would, personally, apply 1 drop of peppermint to about 2-4 drops of carrier oil… sometimes more 50/50 depending on the use. I love to apply it to my stomach, temples, back of the neck, or Vita-flex points.
Aromatic: Inhale directly from the bottle, diffuse it in an essential oil diffuser, OR put a drop in the palm of your hands and cup them over your nose and mouth and breathe in (my favorite!).
Dietary:*** Put 2 drops in a veggie capsule or add 1 drop to your tea or water.
1 drop of Young Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil is equal to 26 cups of pure peppermint tea!
Safety / Cautions
Peppermint contains menthol, which has been reported to cause bronchial spasms (in EXTREMELY RARE CASES) in children under the age of 18 months. So, use this oil with caution on little ones and dilute in a 1 drop to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil for children under one year and 1 drop to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for children ages 1-3. Always use common sense and caution. Personally, I have used peppermint oil on my daughter (now 20 months) since she was about 10 months with no issues whatsoever. It’s all about dilution and caution (as with all essential oils and kiddos!)
Peppermint also may decrease breastmilk supply… so if you are nursing, use with caution. This is really only a concern in women who have supply issues to begin with. I always had a good milk supply and have used peppermint daily and have had no issues. I am still nursing my daughter at 20 months.
Peppermint is a “hot” oil so dilution is recommended.
As with all oils, NEVER get an oil in your ears or in your eyes. If you do, do NOT use water to get it out… simply apply a carrier oil to dilute the oil.
30 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil*
Ease muscle tension
Ease neck and head tension (my personal favorite use!)
Inhale or diffuse for an uplifting and energizing effect
Diffuse or inhale for added focus and concentration
May improve overall mental acuity
Press a drop on the roof of your mouth or add a drop on your tongue for a natural breath freshener
Use in a veggie capsule with a carrier oil or a drop in water to support normal digestion and appetite suppression
Dilute and apply to the back of neck for a cooling and refreshing feeling
May support normal body temperature
Apply over the abdomen to ease stomach discomfort
Add a drop to water to ease occasional heartburn
May ease occasional gas
May ease discomfort associated with rheumatism / arthritis
Support for respiratory infections
May ease congestion due to seasonal sniffles
May ease symptoms associated with viral infections
Assists in promoting normal digestive function
Inhale or add to water to ease nausea
Apply with a carrier oil to ease discomfort from sciatica / scoliosis / other back problems
May ease itchy skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, varicose veins, etc.
Add a drop to your oil pulling oil of choice to freshen breath
When added to homemade mouthwash, may support good oral hygiene
Inhale, diffuse, or apply under the nose to ease sinus pressure and congestion
Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water for a cooling spritz on-the-go
Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water to deter ants / aphids / etc.
Spray along baseboards to keep spiders and mice away
Add a drop to brownie mix for DELICIOUS peppermint brownies
Add a drop to baking chocolate to make DELICIOUS homemade peppermint bark
Add a few drops to epsom salts for a therapeutic bath soak
Combine with a carrier oil and lavender for a cooling after-sun skin care
So there you have it! 30 AWESOME uses for peppermint!
Peppermint is one of the “Everyday Oils” that comes in the Premium Starter Kit when you sign up as a wholesale member with Young Living. If you are interested in getting started, you can do so here!
What is YOUR favorite way to use Peppermint?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA… this is all meant for informational purposes only! None of this information is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**My sources are the Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide, Desk Reference Guide, Essential Oils Starter Guide, as well as other published information.