25 Ways To Use Peppermint Essential Oil

We are having so much fun exploring essential oils here in our home. Peppermint essential oil is proving to be a big favorite for so many reasons. The ways in which to use this fresh, cooling and aromatic essential oil is vast and varied. I had fun putting together this a list of 25 Ways To Use Peppermint Essential Oil. But believe me this is just the beginning of all that you can do with this wonderful from-the-earth remedy for so many things.

25 ways to use peppermint essential oil

Peppermint Essential Oil – 25 Ways To Use It

1. Stay alert while driving:  Place peppermint on temples and under nose or just put the bottle under nose, and inhale several times to wake up.

2. Cool a fever:  Place a few drops of oil on a wet washcloth and wipe down fevered body to cool down.  You can also apply the peppermint to bottoms of feet to bring down the fever.

3.  Herbal tea: Add a drop of peppermint oil to a cup of herbal tea to clear sinuses, and enjoy a brisk cup or warmth to soothe you.

4. Relieve nausea: Rub a drop of peppermint oil on the tummy, and place a drop in a cup of hot water and sip it.

5. Repel spiders: Place peppermint oil on a cotton ball or cotton pad and place in areas where you find spiders.  You can also make a spider spray repellent.  Add 4-5 drops of the oil to water in a spray bottle. Make sure it has a strong peppermint scent, and spray in areas you want to repel spiders. Check out Momasuarus for more about repelling spiders naturally–be sure to watch her great video too!

6. Relieve joint pain: Rub on joints to relieve tendinitis and arthritis pain.

7. Make your own peppermint coffee mocha:  add one drop of peppermint oil, cocoa powder, or chocolate syrup, stir and enjoy

8. Freshen breath: Place one drop of peppermint essential oil on tongue for a freshness.

9. Ease seasonal allergies : combine lavender, peppermint and lemon essential oils together to relieve allergies. Add the three to a carrier oil, and rub on bottoms of feet, to the back of the neck and across the forehead. Then take hands and cup over nose and inhale with deep cleansing breaths to bring fast relief.

10. Remove ticks: Rub the tick with a peppermint essential oil soaked q-tip.  Look for the tick to withdraw its head and then remove it.

11. Bring focus and alertness: Rub peppermint on the back of neck to wake up and bring focus when you are tired.

12. Improve digestion: Add peppermint to a glass of water hot or cold and drink for a daily digestive aid.

13. Relieve headaches: Place drops of peppermint on temples and back of neck, even across the forehead to ease a headache.

14. Use in cooking: Add peppermint essential oil to cookies, brownies and sweet treats, oh yum!

15. Curb your appetite: Inhale peppermint oil right from the bottle to help suppress hunger.

16. Relaxing foot soak: Add peppermint oil to a warm foot soak, or add peppermint to an unscented lotion and do a foot massage with it to relieve the tension.

17. Make refreshing drinks: Peppermint is a wonderful addition to iced tea for those hot summer days

18. Kills Aphids: Add drops of peppermint oil to a spray bottle of water and spray plants to kill aphids.

19. Clear congestion: Add peppermint oil to a hot cup of steaming water, and inhale.  Even make a tent over your head and bend over the peppermint steam and inhale to relief pressure in sinuses.

20. Relieves itching: Apply peppermint oil to bug bites to stop itching.  (don’t apply to open sores, it will burn!)

21. Relieve motion sickness: Rub peppermint essential oil to tummy, place some on your tongue, and even to your wrists to help with travel  and motion sickness.

22. Relieve chest congestion: Rub peppermint oil combined with a carrier oil to the chest to relieve congestion, and you can combine with #19 in this list.

23. Add drops of peppermint to a humidifier to freshen air and relieve breathing while sleeping.

24. Massage it in: Combine lavender and peppermint essential oil to a massage oil to bring relief to feet, shoulders and back.

25. Air cleansing spray: Combine peppermint, lemon, and bergamot to distilled water to make an air freshener and cleaners for your rooms.  ( You will use less peppermint then the other oils, as it is stronger)

Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equal

When choosing essential oils there are different grades available.  There are low priced essential oils available in your local grocery store.  Those are most likely fine for using in cleaning supplies and recipes. But, If you are using peppermint essential oil for medicinal uses, and internally, be sure to check with the oil company that they are safe to ingest. Essential Oil Safety is very important. I highly recommend using a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oil, such as doTERRA.

Word of Caution:
Peppermint essential oil is very strong.  You should always add it to a carrier oil when applying it to children, and if peppermint gets in your eyes it will burn, so be sure to use caution when applying this oil to your face.

How do you like to use peppermint essential oil? Please share if you have other ways of using this wonderful oil then ways I have mentioned.  We all love to learn more about the benefits of essential oils!

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  1. says

    We use peppermint oil to repel squirrels from our vehicles. This was suggested to us when we had squirrels who decided they needed to make a nest in our new truck. There are actual canisters you can purchase to attach to the inside of the engine compartment.
    I also used peppermint oil in my humidifier for an energy boost during the day. It really worked.

    • says

      Thanks Dianne for sharing yet another way to use peppermint oil. Who knew you could repel squirrels with it!
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment and share with the readers here.

          • Cyndie says

            I put out peppermint oil soaked cotton balls anywhere mice might try and get in during the winter (the mountains are full of deer mice looking for a warm spot and their next meal). Eucalyptus also works, but who can resist coming home to a peppermint scented house after being out in the cold during winter! DON’T dilute it. And always be sure to use pure essential oil. Works great on all small rodents.

  2. says

    Happy Monday! I just found your site, so glad I did. You have a happy, new follower. I just did a post last week on Peppermint Oil to repel spiders.http://momasaurus.com/?p=1573
    Love all the other uses & I plan to link back to this post so my reader can get all the benefits of this good stuff. Look forward to your future posts. All the best, Erin-aka Momasaurus

    • says

      Oh thanks Erin, for letting me know about your blog! I love it, and thank you for linking back to me. I just edited this post and added a link back to your great natural spider repellent post. You are up there on #5. Have a great week, happy to find meet you. : )

  3. says

    We use it for #’s 13 & 23 all the time, thank you for posting all the other ways too! I have just recently learned about all the other EO other than Tea tree oil and all their benefits!

    • says

      Yes Rachel EO’s are amazing. Thanks for sharing my post earlier, and I went and shared your Tea Tree Oil one as well. I love it when we can all learn together.

      Have a great week, and God bless!

  4. says

    From another doTERRA fanatic … I use a mixture of peppermint and lavendar, mixed with distilled water (left to disperse for at least 3 hours) and spray it over a client’s sunburn before applying a skim-milk compress for the burn. The lavendar soothes the nerve ending and damaged skin, the peppermint cools the skin and helps heal the inflammation and the protein in the skim milk sheathes the damaged cells to soothe the burn during the healing process (a wonderful upgrade: finishing the treatment with a distilled water mixture with dispersed heliachrysm!) (forgive spelling on that one).

  5. says

    One drop on my tongue the pressed to the roof of my mouth for seasonal allergies when I’m outside. 1-2 drops in olive oil mixed in with my couscous salad.

  6. Falicia D. says

    I put a few drops on a handkerchief when every someone is congested and it works wonders. Ever time you cough you are inhaling some of the vapors. Also my husband puts the hankey in his pillow case and it has toned downed his snoring by about 90% ! best sleep I’ve had in 24yrs of marriage. lol

  7. Marijke Schellenbach says

    I have used a few drops on a cotton ball to deter mice in my pantry, and it worked beautifully. Love all the other uses you mentioned and have e-mailed this list to my granddaughter and sister who are afraid of spiders. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

    • Wendy says

      We planted mint around the house in KS and it kept the mice away. They are allergic to the EO so cotton balls soaked in peppermint EO thrown into attics or under houses will work to evict them from your buildings.

      • Pamels says

        Do you make your own essential peppermint oil? I am wondering how to do that as I have tons of it in my backyard? I would love to do that.!

  8. Nicole says

    I actually carry a small spray bottle of doTERRA Peppermint EO with water so that when my daughter (2-1/2) is out playing, if she gets a little too hot, I can shake it up and spritz her. She likes to “help” spray it!

  9. Rusty says

    I use for stiff necks works every time and sinus infections love this oil its the best.

  10. Jane says

    Love your post. I also use peppermint eo w a carrier oil as a tingling scalpmassage oil. A few drops into shampoo or body was leaves a nice cooling feeling on scalp & skin. Great for summer.

  11. Bronis deSupinski says

    For folks whose gums tend to bleed. Daily, put a drop on the tip of your forefinger and rub along the top gum outside and inside, repeat for lower gum. Depending on how bad your gums are, bleeding should stop in a day or two. Also, this freshens your breath and clears your sinuses.

  12. says

    I use it with vinegar to mop my floors. Makes the entire house smell good, just be careful not to knock the bucket over, or your house will smell like a giant candy cane.

  13. says

    car collector friend lost an interior to mice in a car he had stored , some one told him that pep.oil bottle w/ barely a hole in it suspended upside down dripping into cotton has run the destructive freeloaders off and now he has in all stored cars

  14. Paula says

    I bought some very expensive conditioner because it smelled like peppermint….when I ran out, I couldn’t find another bottle so I tried adding some to a plain scented conditioner and woooow! It was even better than the expensive stuff I bought!

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    I add peppermint oil to my homemade lip products (lip balm, lip gloss, etc) as a natural lip plumper.

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