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20 Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

20 Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

Did you know peppermint oil can get rid of spiders… and hiccups? Did you know it repels aphids… and relieves allergy symptoms? These are just a few peppermint essential oil uses! Here are a bunch more:

20 Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

1. Headache

Apply peppermint oil to the temples, forehead and the back of the neck for headache relief.

2. Exercise

Inhale peppermint before and during a workout to increase energy and stamina. (I like to diffuse peppermint oil while I’m working out in the diffuser I got in this kit.)

3. Nausea

Rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea.

4. Fever

Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on the bottoms of feet to reduce fever.

5. Congestion

Put a drop of peppermint oil on the tongue, and dab a tiny bit at the opening of each nostril to relieve congestion and help you breathe.

6. Motion Sickness

Rub peppermint essential oil on the chest and abdomen to relieve motion sickness.

7. Indigestion

Rub 4-6 drops of peppermint essential oil over the stomach and abdomen area to relieve digestive discomfort.

8. Heartburn

Calm heartburn by adding a drop of peppermint essential oil to your favorite herbal tea. Drink after meals or whenever heartburn usually strikes.

9. Aphids

Mix 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil in 1/2 cup of water and spray on plants to deter aphids.

10. Breath Freshener

Apply one drop of peppermint essential oil to the tongue for a very quick, very effective breath freshener.

11. Bruises

Apply peppermint essential oil immediately to a bruise to reduce pain and bruising. Reapply as needed until bruise is healed. (Don’t apply to broken skin–it will burn!)

12. Itching Skin

Stop itching by applying a drop of peppermint oil to the affected area (but again, only on unbroken skin!).

13. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Dilute a few drops of peppermint oil into coconut oil and apply a light layer to affected areas for relief.

14. Hiccups

Stop hiccups in their tracks by putting a drop of peppermint oil under your tongue.

hiccups be gone

15. Studying and Exams

Peppermint oil has been shown to enhance cognitive performance (source). Drink peppermint tea while you study, and diffuse peppermint oil before exams.

16. Delicious Flavoring

Flavor desserts and beverages with a drop of peppermint oil. I love peppermint in my morning cup of coffee!

17. Spiders, Ants and Other Pests

Mix 10 drops of peppermint oil with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. Spray along baseboards, corners, and anywhere else spiders, ants and other pests tend to gather.

18. Stop Cravings

Stop cravings in their tracks by placing a drop of peppermint oil on the roof of the mouth whenever a craving strikes.

19. Sore Feet

Add a couple drops of peppermint oil to a foot bath with 1 cup of epsom salts to relieve foot pain. You can also add a drop to coconut oil and massage into feet for more relief.

20. Allergies

Peppermint essential oil is one of the “allergy trio” essential oils–the other two are lemon and lavender. Diffuse or inhale these for allergy relief. You can also dab a tiny bit of peppermint oil at the opening of each nostril to improve breathing during allergy season.

Note: Peppermint essential oil is a little bit of a “hot” oil and can be diluted with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) if it’s too strong for your skin.

Learn more…

Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils! Here are some more of my favorites and how to use them:

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14 Responses to 20 Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

  1. love your site! but every time I tried to enter my pinterest name, the pin it thing came up preventing me from doing so (it kept sending me to pin the 20 purposes for peppermint essential oils). Oh, well, I did get the other entries into your contest! maybe I’ll win!

  2. The one I would hesitate to endorse here is heartburn. Peppermint has been shown to relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES opens and closes the junction between the esophagus and stomach. The decreased tone of the LES will allow more food to reflux up into the esophagus. While the peppermint may help the symptoms, it could potentially mask and encourage serious damage to the esophagus. Now for those who get occasional heartburn go for it. If it is happening very often and you have a lot of risk factors for Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) consider medical management. Otherwise, I love peppermint oil. I will have to starting using it for studies and exams (I have NMBE Step 1 in a week!)

    • Good tip for anyone who has chronic heartburn–there could definitely be other factors at play. Let me know how it works for your exams! I know it sure helps me concentrate during work.

  3. Got it this time! And I still love your site! I love everything I’ve been learning on it, especially about essential oils. Hope I win…it would make a lovely birthday present! (Tomorrow is my birthday!)

  4. I tried Peppermint for my allergies/stuffy nose and oh boy did it open things up! Burned a little bit, but I also used a q-tip and put it up in there. If I try it again, I’ll either dilute a bit or just put it at my nostril opening ins like you suggest.

  5. A lot of great info here. I am very big in to the essential oils. I keep them near me so that I can smell them as a way to relax, they make me smile and be happy.

    I will be trying #9. Aphids and also #14. Hiccups

  6. Even with Young Living Oils, it is best to err on the side of caution when taking oils internally. They shouldn’t ever be put in liquids and drank because they can harm the mucous membranes. Adding them to thick substances and in cooking is ok in moderation with prior study (read up – join a “using essential oils safely” facebook group, etc). I used to drink the lemon oil all the time until I learned this. I have also had neat lemon oil burn my skin pretty badly when left on – and I’m really pale, so I was concerned when the burn was a brown bruise color and peeled a few days later like a sunburn. Oils should be considered “medicinal” and treated with utmost care.

    • Thanks for your comment! I absolutely recommend the safe use of essential oils. Some oils should always be diluted at least 50:50, especially for sensitive skin. Lemon is definitely one of them! For internal use, I recommend the slow approach and going with your gut instinct, and only using the best quality oils available. There are many ways to help essential oils “suspend” into liquids (such as stirring them with salt or sugar or honey first), which will prevent them from being consumed all at once. I think common sense is the best tool of the trade!

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