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.
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!