All About Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is definitely one oil you should be keeping on hand. It has extensive health and wellness benefits from all three corners - aromatherapy, topical, and internal applications. If you can only have one oil, let it be Peppermint.

Peppermint essential oil is extracted via steam distillation using the whole plant.

Peppermint essential oil is extracted via steam distillation using the whole plant.

Peppermint

common primary uses

  • alterness
  • antioxidant
  • asthma
  • autism
  • bacterial infections
  • bell's palsy
  • brain injury
  • chronic fatigue
  • constipation
  • cooling (body)
  • cramps / charley horses
  • crohn's disease
  • diarrhea
  • dysmenorrhea
  • endurance
  • fainting
  • fever
  • flu (influenza)
  • gamma radiation exposure
  • gastritis
  • halitosis
  • headaches
  • heartburn
  • heatstroke
  • hernia (hiatal)
  • herpes simplex
  • hives
  • hot flashes
  • huntington's disease
  • hypothyroidism
  • indigestion
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • itching
  • jet lag
  • lactation (decrease milk production)
  • memory
  • migraines
  • motion sickness
  • MRSA
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscle aches
  • muscle fatigue
  • myelin sheath
  • nausea
  • olfactory loss (sense of smell)
  • osteoporosis
  • paralysis
  • rhinitis
  • scabies
  • sciatica
  • shock
  • sinusitis
  • surgical wounds
  • swollen eyes
  • tennis elbow
  • throat infection
  • typhoid
  • ulcer (gastric)
  • varicose veins
  • vomiting
"For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties, freshen breath, and to relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn, and indigestion." (Modern Essentials)

how to use

Topically - Can be applied neat (with no dilution) to skin, or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil). Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. My favorite spots are on the bottoms of my feet and behind my ears.

I love to use peppermint in my face maskshandmade soaps, and salves.

Aromatically - Diffuse or inhale directly.

Peppermint blends well with basil, black pepper, cinnamon, cypress, dill, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, rosemary, spearmint, tea tree.

Internally - Place 1-2 drops under the tongue or in a beverage. Take in capsules. Use as flavoring in cooking.

I use peppermint to flavor smoothies, brownies!, water, tea, and other foods.

Check out these recipes where you can use your peppermint oil.

"This oil may help anger, arthritis, colic, depression, fatigue, food poisoning, hysteria, inflammation, liver problems, nerves (regenerate and support), rheumatism, seizures, elevate and open sensory system, soothe and cool skin (may help keep body cooler on hot days), toothaches, tuberculosis, and add flavor to water." (Modern Essentials)

 

Peppermint oil is generally recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage. Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

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*Note: This article is directly related to doTERRA essential oils and does not reflect the uses or benefits of other brands.*