All the hot, sunny weather we’ve been having lately has me feeling especially appreciative of anything I can use to cool off (no matter how briefly!) I’ve been singing the praises of our air conditioning system, my big floppy hat that keeps the sun out of my face, and my secret weapon for beating the heat: peppermint essential oil!
Many people (myself included) consider peppermint oil to be one of the most useful essential oils you can have in your home collection. But I feel that it’s high time to revisit this particular oil, so I can show you just how many uses for peppermint oil there actually are! So today I’ll be sharing a list of 20 useful things you can do with peppermint essential oil, from beating the heat to settling an upset stomach!
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A Quick Note About Dilution
Essential oils are highly concentrated, so it’s always a good idea to dilute them with a carrier oil before applying them to your skin. And it’s especially important to do so if you have sensitive skin like I do! I wanted to make that clear from the start, because it seemed redundant to include the phrase “dilute before applying” alongside every tip in this list. :-)
Personally, my go-to carrier oil for diluting essential oils is fractionated coconut oil. It’s affordable, widely available, and plays well with most skin types. If you’re interested in learning more about other types of carrier oils, feel free to check out my blog post about them at the link below!
20 Practical Uses For Peppermint Oil
1. Help For Headaches
Dab a drop or two of peppermint oil over your temples, neck, and sinuses to help ease the pain of a stubborn headache!
2. Banish Allergies
Both peppermint essential oil and lemon oil can help open up your airways during allergy season. Add a few drops of both oils to a diffuser and breathe deeply to help relieve allergy symptoms naturally.
3. Boost Productivity
Need an energy boost to help you get stuff done at work or around the house? Just add some peppermint essential oil to your favorite diffuser!
4. Instant Pick-Me-Up
Peppermint can help improve blood circulation and mental awareness, leaving you feeling more energized and alert. You can even inhale it right out of the bottle if you’re on the go!
5. Stay Alert While Driving
It’s important to stay alert while you’re driving, especially on long drives when it’s easy to zone out. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and clip it to your air vents. The energizing scent of peppermint will keep you alert (and freshen the air in your car too!)
6. Toothache Relief
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is well known for its ability to dull pain and relax muscles. Apply a few drops around your jawline after dental work, or to help relieve the pain of a toothache.
7. Control Trash Odor
Put a few drops of peppermint oil in the bottom of your garbage can. The minty fresh scent will control odors in your trash, while also helping to deter pests like ants and mice!
8. Ease Constipation
Massage peppermint oil over the lower abdomen to relieve constipation and help get things moving again.
9. Cool A Fever
When someone has a fever, it can take a while for fever reducing medicines to kick in. In the meantime, grab your bottle of peppermint oil for quick cooling relief! Rub several drops on the soles of the feet for a cooling effect.
10. Deter Spiders
You don’t need chemicals to keep spiders at bay if you have peppermint oil on hand! Spiders hate peppermint oil, and and will avoid areas where you apply it.
11. Appetite Control
The scent of peppermint oil can help you curb cravings and feel more full. Keep a bottle nearby to help stave off those afternoon junk food cravings.
12. Relief From Motion Sickness
Peppermint oil is great for settling feelings of nausea. After a roller coaster ride, bumpy plane landing, or other nausea-inducing event, rub a few drops of peppermint on your stomach to ease discomfort.
13. Tame Tummy Troubles
Indigestion or upset stomach? Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on your stomach for quick relief. (This makes it a great traveling companion!)
14. Cool Tired Feet
Spending the day on your feet can leave them feeling hot and tired, but peppermint oil can help! Add a few drops to a foot bath or bucket of cold water, then soak your feet for cooling relief.
15. Stimulate Your Scalp
The energizing effect of peppermint can help stimulate and cleanse your scalp. Add a few drops of peppermint to your shampoo and conditioner when you wash your hair for scalp stimulation and a boost of natural energy.
16. Workout Booster
Inhale peppermint oil before and even during a workout to boost your energy levels and reduce fatigue.
17. Clean Naturally
Peppermint oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that make it excellent for cleaning. Add it to your favorite cleaning products, or use it alone to clean countertops and bathroom surfaces!
18. Workout Recovery
Sore muscles after a strenuous workout? Add about 5 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil, and use it as a massage oil to soothe muscle tension and soreness.
19. Arthritis & Tendonitis Relief
Thanks to its menthol content, peppermint essential oil can be just as helpful for arthritis pain as any of those store-bought menthol creams! Apply it to areas affected by arthritis, tendonitis, and other forms of joint pain for cooling pain relief.
20. Kick Ticks
Use peppermint oil on a cotton swab to smother pesky ticks. They will remove their heads to come up for air, then you’ll be able to pick them off with a pair of tweezers.
What are your favorite uses for peppermint oil?