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
Apply peppermint oil to the temples, forehead and the back of the neck for headache relief.
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.)
Rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on the bottoms of feet to reduce fever.
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.
Rub 4-6 drops of peppermint essential oil over the stomach and abdomen area to relieve digestive discomfort.
Calm heartburn by adding a drop of peppermint essential oil to your favorite herbal tea. Drink after meals or whenever heartburn usually strikes.
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.
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.
Stop hiccups in their tracks by putting a drop of peppermint oil under your tongue.
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.
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.
Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils! Here are some more of my favorites and how to use them:
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Peppermint Oil Recipes:
- Homemade Mouthwash for Remineralizing and Whitening
- Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter
- DIY Non-Toxic Bathtub Scrub Cleaner
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