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20 Powerful Uses For Peppermint Oil You Need To Know

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During the dog days of summer, I’m especially appreciative of anything I can use to cool off, no matter how brief the relief might be! I’ve been known to sing 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 essential oil users, myself included, consider peppermint to be one of the most foundational oils you can have in your home collection. Peppermint oil has a variety of powerful benefits that can help with everything from migraines to chronic gastrointestinal problems, and there are plenty of ways to put it to work around the house too!

In today’s post, we’ll be exploring all of that and more in this comprehensive guide to all things peppermint oil. By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of what peppermint oil is, what it’s good for, and the many wonderful ways you can use it!

benefits of peppermint oil

What Is Peppermint Oil?

Peppermint essential oil is harvested from the leaves of Mentha x piperita, otherwise known as the peppermint plant. (The “x” in its scientific name signifies that peppermint is a hybrid. It’s actually a cross between two other types of mint: water mint and spearmint.)

Like its parents and other members of the mint family, peppermint is an aromatic herb with a distinctively sharp scent. The cooling effect we experience when we smell or eat mint happens because of menthol, a naturally occurring compound in mint that triggers the cold-sensitive receptors in our skin. (Crazy, right?)

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Peppermint Essential Oil vs. Peppermint Extract

One more thing I want to point out here is that peppermint essential oil and peppermint extract are very different things. Peppermint essential oil retains the peppermint plant’s volatile aromatic compounds because they are carefully extracted through steam distillation.

Peppermint extract, on the other hand, is usually made by steeping peppermint in alcohol for a period of time. The only compounds that end up in the extract are the ones that are alcohol-soluble, like flavor and color compounds. So while peppermint extract may taste and smell like real peppermint, it doesn’t contain the full array of volatile compounds that make peppermint oil so beneficial.

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Peppermint Oil Benefits

Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can be useful for treating all kinds of symptoms and conditions that stem from inflammation (and there are a lot of them!) It also has pain relieving properties, thanks both to the way that menthol interacts with the body’s pain receptors and peppermint’s ability to promote blood flow.

Here are some of the specific benefits that peppermint oil has to offer:

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For IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that can cause symptoms like abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. Studies have found promising evidence that enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules made a safe and effective treatment for IBS symptoms, likely due to both peppermint oil’s anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.

(“Enteric-coated” just means that the peppermint oil is contained inside a protective casing that only dissolves once it reaches the small intestine. Many types of medications are enteric-coated to help prevent them from irritating your stomach, including aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.)

A 2019 review analyzed twelve separate clinical trials that studied whether enteric-coated peppermint oil could improve IBS symptoms in adults. The authors of the review concluded that peppermint oil was shown to be a safe and effective treatment method for a variety of IBS symptoms!

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For Nausea

Peppermint oil can also be a useful treatment for nausea. A 2016 study of cardiac surgery patients found that those who experienced postoperative nausea and used a nasal inhaler containing peppermint oil experienced a significant reduction in nausea after two minutes.

Even if you’re not undergoing heart surgery, the aroma of peppermint oil can help reduce feelings of nausea in all sorts of situations (see #12 in the list of uses for peppermint oil below!)

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For Pain

As I mentioned previously, peppermint oil may help relieve pain too. A small 2010 study of participants with migraine pain found that applying a menthol solution to the forehead and temples led to a longer duration of pain relief, as well as less nausea and light sensitivity, when compared to the placebo group.

Most of the current research about the pain relieving properties of peppermint oil and menthol focus on migraines and tension headaches. But many people use peppermint oil to soothe other pain like muscle aches, arthritis, and even chest pain.

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For Beauty

The tingly, stimulating effect of peppermint oil can be useful for more than just soothing sore muscles—it may help stimulate hair growth too. A 2014 study of hair growth in shaved mice found that mice treated with a 3% peppermint essential oil solution experienced similar hair growth results to mice who were treated with minoxidil, the medication found in Rogaine and other hair growth products.

The authors suggested that the peppermint essential oil solution promoted hair growth by promoting blood circulation within the skin layers where hair growth occurs. While this particular study only included mice, the results suggest that peppermint oil could be a promising treatment for human hair loss too!

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For Fighting Bacteria

Scientist have shown a growing interest in peppermint oil’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties over the past decade, especially as antibiotic resistance has become a global health problem. In a 2011 study, scientists evaluated peppermint oil’s activity against pathogenic strains of Staphylococcus aureus that are known to cause skin infections, respiratory infections, and food poisoning.

They found that at certain doses, peppermint oil effectively inhibited the expression of “virulence factors” (AKA the bad stuff that S. aureus produces that promotes infection.) These results also extended to MRSA, a group of strains of S. aureus that are particularly problematic because of antibiotic resistance. When it comes to fighting bacteria, scientists are discovering that peppermint oil packs quite the punch!

Now that we’ve covered some the benefits of peppermint oil, let’s talk about ways to take advantage of those benefits! Here are 20 uses for peppermint oil that prove just how useful it is to have around the house!

20 Practical Uses For Peppermint Oil

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1. Soothe A Headache

Dab a drop or two of peppermint oil over your temples, neck, and sinuses to help ease the pain of a stubborn headache!

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2. Treat Allergy Symptoms

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.

Related: 20 Of The Best Things You Can Do With Lemon Essential Oil

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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. Increase Energy

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!

Related: 20 Of The Best Practical Uses For Tea Tree Oil

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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. Relieve A Toothache

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 soothe the pain of a toothache.

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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 ants and other pests like mice!

8. Ease Constipation

Massage peppermint oil over the lower abdomen to relieve constipation and help get things moving again.

Related: These 3 Ingredients Are The Best Way To Soothe Sore & Tired Feet

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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.

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11. Control Your Appetite

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. Relieve 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.

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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.

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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. Enhance Your Workout

Inhale peppermint oil before and even during a workout to boost your energy levels and reduce fatigue.

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17. Clean Your Home 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. Soothe Sore Muscles

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.

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19. Relieve Arthritis Pain

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. Remove 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.

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Using Peppermint Oil Safely

Just because essential oils are natural and useful doesn’t mean they are perfectly safe, so it’s important to use them carefully and wisely.

For safety’s sake, I do not recommend ingesting essential oils without supervision or approval from a healthcare professional. Possible side effects of taking peppermint oil orally include heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.

Additionally, be aware that peppermint oil and aromatherapy in general can be toxic to pets. Never force essential oils on pets, and when using a diffuser, ensure that pets are either out of the area or free to leave at any time.

In some cases, peppermint oil may cause irritation or rashes when applied directly to the skin. Most people tolerate it well when it is properly diluted with a carrier oil before being applied topically, but those with very sensitive skin may want to test it on a small patch of skin first.

Finally, I’m not a health expert, and this post is NOT intended to be taken as medical advice. As always, consult your doctor or a trusted health professional, especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and use your best judgment in matters relating to health and safety.

What are your favorite uses for peppermint oil?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I love peppermint essential oil! However, personally I have found spearmint (and ginger) essential oils better for digestion, and peppermint for anything associated with the head (headache, alertness, etc.). Also great deterrent for insects. Thanks for the article!

  • I actually tried Jillee’s foot soak with the baking soda, Epsom salt and peppermint oil. I have bad Arthritis in my feet. I decided to try it. It helped a little with my foot pain.

  • Jillee, how much peppermint oil do you use for joint pain. You tell us need to dilute the oil, but don’t give us the ‘recipe.’ Love your blog! I get lost going from one post to the next with the links inside the posts.

  • Hi Jilee! My parents live in an area where there are a lot of spiders. Every evening there would be so many that would come out from the overhang of the room and especially be attracted by the front door light (where the flies were attracted to). I put about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 8 oz of water in a spray bottle and sprayed the area. Spiders didn’t come back!

    • for ants: a small dish of 20 Mule Team Borax with a little sugar sprinted in will get rid of ants. I don’t know what it does bec suddenly the ants are gone. No dead ant bodies, just no ants.

  • We are using peppermint oil to repel mosquitos. Twice lately, a mosquito has buzzed me when I turned off the light to go to sleep. I ran for my P oil, patted a tiny bit around my head, ankles, arms, then rubbed residue from my hands all over my fur baby and went to sleep. No bites in the morning! We do this when we walk the dogs & my daughter, who’s a mail carrier, dabs it on to repel mosquitos at work (they have a terrible problem at the post office, possibly coming in on the trucks!)- NO BITES. It’s amazing!

  • I have another suggestion for indigestion – I put a few drops in about an ounce of water and drink it down – haven’t used Any anti-acid meds (like Tums) for years due to this!

  • Peppermint oil was my saving grace this past week! I had to drive 11 hours each way to a family reunion and the oil kept me from falling asleep! I put it on my temples, under my nose, dropped it on my tongue and put it on cotton by the air vents. All of those tactics kept me from dozing off so I could drive while my husband (who is disabled) slept! LOL

  • I keep a roller tube with me at all times. I roll it along the back of my neck just below my hair to relieve tension, cool me off, calm me down and to help me focus and concentrate, calm a headache and for the smell and tingle. I also put drops on my wool balls in my dryer to give all my laundry a sweet fresh smell.

  • Peppermint oil is great. You can rub it on your belly for stomach upset after eating. Also good for motion sickness. We used it a few years ago when my brothers family was traveling with us and their little girl had motion sickness. We just pulled over and gave them the oil. For the nose drip I just put a dab on the sides of my nose. I’ll have to tell my sister about using for her animal pens on their farm. She thinks they probably have mice.

  • 10 drops of pure peppermint oil into a cup of water. Put in a good sprayer. Spray around windows and doors to keep out spiders. If you have the need, spray under beds, closets, dark corners, under kitchen sinks and lower cabinets, and pantries. Will deter bugs and keep spiders away.

  • I love to put about 6 or 7 drops in my dishwater when I am doing dishes (i wash mine by hand even though I have a dishwasher) and by the end of all the dishes I feel refreshed and relaxed. I read other comments and also do the poo thing in the bathrooms. I have several guys in the family and it can be difficult to use a bathroom after them. I also use the peppermint for migraines. Love the blog.

  • I have lizards and toads that like to scamper into my garage. I was wondering if peppermint oil on a cotton ball just outside the corners of the garage would keep them out. I just don’t want them to get caught inside the garage and die ……..and then Smell!

    • I know it will work on mice. I live in the country and our pole barn had mice. I started at the back under the workbench, by the time I reached the third cabinet, putting one cotton square in each cabinet with peppermint oil on it, 3 mice ran out of the cabinet and left the building.

  • I started out with orange. Put it in a spray bottle. Add a few drops dish detergent and 5 drops orangeThen fill with water and shake. Cupboards, stove, refrigerator and island were all clean and it smells heavenly. Lilac is another good one. I drop a drop inside the toilet paper tube and every time it’s rolled out nice smell. I also make a poo puri I put in medium spray bottle in 3 bathrooms. Spray it in the toilet before you go and no smell. Lemon is great for cleaning with. Dusting with it on a cloth. Peppermint is good for ants and mice as Jillee said. 4 summers in old house ants. The last summer mice. The first time my cat went flying thru the air shocked me. Very good mouser. A Tuxedo cat that I adored.
    Lilac is nice to put on your pillows also. Helps to get to sleep.
    I am branching out to more and more things to do with essential oils. It’s fun and I don’t like airesol cans. There is certain satisfaction making it myself. Jillee, Mom4real has many many recipes for things. She was my starting point and I lost all the recipes I had printed from her arsenal of things. So starting over. I love the things you share with us very much.

  • Peppermint oil mixed with pot butter, hemp butter etc. rub on head, temples for headache relief. Rub on gums for a bad toothache relief-works way better than Orajel. Rub on feet and cover with socks for foot pain relief and softness. If you are running warm drop just a drop or two in a bath tub for a cooling effect, too much and you will feel chilly from the inside. I keep a mister bottle with water mixed with peppermint oil for hot flashes, be careful around the eyes!!!
    We use tea tree oil and Epsom salts for a soaking bath, especially if we have bug bites etc. we bath our dogs this way too. Just pour the water over them no soap. I learned this trick when I had a dog with a big deep wound, he usually hated baths but once we started that method he loved them. There is no wet dog smell either!! I use lemon oil and vinegar as a all purpose kitchen cleaner, even on produce, plain vinegar and water works for produce too.

  • I am new to essential oils. I went out and bought a couple for digestion. Are there different types? What I bought said do not ingest–external use only. I bought the lemon. Please advise. I love the idea of using these.

    • Hi Mary, I know many people are commenting on ingesting the oil; however as more research is done on essential oils, we are starting to reconsider ingesting them. Over the next little while, we will be removing old posts that suggest ingesting essential oils. From our research, we just can’t say for sure that it is safe – and the safety of my readers is too important for guesswork. So, while these oils are absolutely of the highest quality, I do not suggest taking them internally.

  • Amazing article.. I enjoyed reading those interesting uses of essential oil.. If I had to choose my favorite use, I would say “treating toenail fungus”..

  • Hi Jill,

    I’m glad to meet you and your blog. Your top ten favorite uses for peppermint essential oil is right. I agree the ten uses. I am an essential oil use and this EO’s change my life. I use it daily and my family like it. Thanks for sharing yours experience to us. I appreciated it. If you have time Jill kindly visit my page http://www.megaoils.com for more information.

    Cheers,
    Nancy

  • My son us 21….he has allergies all year. His nose runs like a faucet and occasionally will have sneezing episodes…….which essential oils are the best fir his problems. …and which wsy is the best to use them.
    Thank u so much for your blog and your help with my son’s issues..he also always has canker sores in his mouth.

  • A few weeks ago, I don’t remember why but my stomach just feel ICK—-EEEEEE. None of my usual remedies shook it (lactaid, activated charcoal which usually cures ANY tummy issues…). I finally googled something along the lines of “essential oils for upset stomach” seeing as I have been following Jillee and Camp Wander for a while now.

    I rubbed a few drops on my belly and on the bottoms of my feet and then got into a warm bath. WOWWEEEE I swear it was about 30 seconds later that I felt SOOO much better! I didn’t realize this would help with like cramps and stuff too. That will be on the to try list in a few weeks!

    After reading this I will add my peppermint oil to my EO kit that I keep in my purse too!! Many of the above are new uses for me so I’ll be trying those soon!!

    And Jillee, thanks for all you do as always :)

    • I’ve never heard of anyone using a crock pot in place of a diffuser…I don’t think it would work the same way. Diffusers let out a steady stream of steam into the room.

  • Peppermint oil is a very versatile oil, as you’ve shown wonderfully in your blog post!

    Peppermint oil is a superior respiratory oil, along with conifers like pine oil and fir oil, and eucalyptus oil .

    My favorite way to use these essential oils are for direct palm inhalation: put one drop in the palm of the hands, rub the hands together, place over nose and mouth, and take five to ten long deep breaths. This is a pretty potent dose for helping open the sinuses and lungs!

    Not all oils are safe to use for direct palm inhalation. Tulsi oil (holy basil) is very spicy, and can actually burn your skin if applied undiluted. However tulsi oil is specific for helping the lungs.

    All of the respiratory oils are actually best used with atmospheric diffusion. Here’s a great article on diffusing essential oils for community immunity: http://www.floracopeia.com/About/Community-Immunity/

    Thanks again Jill for all this wonderful information!

    • Conifers like pine oil and fir oil, and eucalyptus oil are not necessarily good for people with respiratory problems. I had terrible Asthma as a child and for the 5 years of my life Christmas was the worst times for me. My doctor finally figured out that any type of pine would trigger my asthma so no more real trees for us. I also learned as I got older that using any household product with pine in it would trigger my allergies. I have learned since becoming an adult that most of my health problems, asthma, upper respiratory allergies, nasal and sinus problems and some skin rashes are all basically related to my allergies. So anyone with these allergies need to stay away from those products that are widely thought of as helpful because they could put themselves in a life or death situation. I haven’t tried Peppermint oil yet but with what I have read so far I will definitely look into it, anything beats having to take more pills or use inhalers with artificial chemicals.

  • Hi Jillee!! Which app for White Noise Do You use? I had never heard of it before, so I looked for the app for my phone, and there was quite a few!

    Thank you

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  • My husband recently had a bad case of poison ivy. A mixture of coconut oil and a drop of peppermint EO applied to the rash stopped the itch better than calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream and helped it clear up more quickly!

    • Another remedy that works on poison ivy is oatmeal. When our son went to Boy Scout camp a counselor had the worst case I had ever seen. Nothing he tried worked. I suggest taking the left over morning oatmeal (they had cooked a LARGE pan, LOL, and had lots left) and using it as a paste. He told me a week later that by the next morning it was no longer itchy and was healing..those old wives tales work.

  • I am new to essential oils but these tips for peppermint oils are great. My question is what is the Dream-y Sleep Salve. Is this an oil or a mixture of them?

  • Have to agree peppermint EO is great, but here in Australia it comes with a warning for people who have blood pressure problems. Have you heard that too? I use as a foot scrub, mix white sugar equal amounts of salt and a few drops of peppermint Oil. Scrub your tired feet and they will love you.

  • Thank you for this list! I’ve used it before to battle the flu, and I LOVE a couple drops in the bath tub at night with frankincense and ylang ylang but today it and wild orange are in my makeshift diffuser (boiling water and oil in a sauce pot until I can buy a normal diffuser)! Talk about invigorating!

  • I always had issues with bug bites swelling up into huge, itchy, red welts that lingered for days. I tried numerous over-over-the-counter and natural solutions to try to prevent this from happening, but nothing did the trick. In an act of desperation, I grabbed my tiny bottle of Peppermint oil one evening after spending an unusually buggy night out and massaged a single tiny drop into each and every bug bite I could find until the oil was mostly absorbed. The next morning, I woke to a single itchy bug bite (the only one I missed!) and quickly realized the Peppermint oil totally eliminated/erased/removed all the others! When I massaged oil into that one elusive bug bite, it was gone within a few hours. Not even a trace! I won’t let myself run out of this little bottle of ‘wonder oil’. (Note: I did not use a carrier oil but would recommend others try it this way first to avoid possible irritation.)

    • Wow, I wonder if it will work on spider bites? Hubby really reacts to them when he get bitten out mowing the lawn.

      I will try this next time.

      • I’ve never tried peppermint on mosquito bites but applying lavender (in a roller ball with a carrier oil) as soon as you are stung will prevent you from even getting a blister when stung by fire ants. And take away the sting and the itch! I keep one in my purse at all times!!

  • Does anyone know if there’s an oil for canker sore on the tongue? I’ve had one for over a week and am getting tired of it. My little granddaughter is here today with a runny nose. I put some peppermint and lemon eo under her nose and it seems to soothe her. She has a fabric flower sewn on her top so I put a little peppermint eo behind it so we can smell her flower! Thanks for any advice on the canker sore.

  • The others may work, but I can say with 100% certainty that using peppermint oil soaked cotton ball DID NOT work for me. In fact, it seamed to attract the mouse to the exact place I didn’t want it.

    • Wow, I have used in my house once a week since last August. I was away for two weeks, and came back to a mouse. As long as I put pepermint cotton balls out once a week, no mice.

  • Once during my yearly visit to the DR I had a sinus cold and was suffering from a sinus headache. My Dr said to dissolve 2 Altoids in the mouth slowly. Instant relief. These days I slip a bottle of peppermint oil into the Altoids tin, next to the mints. That paper liner in the mints keeps the bottle from touching the mints. I also taped a list of remedies to the bottom (on the outside) of the tin for reference. Looks like I will need to add to my list.
    Thanx for all the leg work.

  • Thanks for this information. Love your blogs. Now I have to get the Peppermint Oil that you can ingest. I have used Mento’s candy in a pinch when my stomach was upset but I don’t need all that sugar.

    BTW, when I clicked on the Clear Print Button at the bottom of the blog I didn’t get the usual menu but instead got redirected to a listing of your Nov. blogs.

    • I tried the Clear Print in IE and didn’t have any problems. I had originally tried in Firefox with AdBlocker. I had used it in the past in Firefox so I was surprised when it didn’t work. My IE doesn’t have AdBlocker.

  • In our family Peppermint is the go-to oil for cough. We have found that the best way to help a cough is to apply a dilution (1:3 Peppermint to Carrier) on the bottom of the feet. Since your feet have large pores and are the last place the blood goes before returning to the lungs this works great! It has even helped my friend who deals with chronic bronchitis. She wont be without it now!

  • Ashley, Fractionated Coconut Oil is my favorite to use with all EO’s when I need to dilute. Peppermint is excellent for heat flashes and female problems I call it my “legal drug” !!!! And my “upper”!!! Ladies who have it, “It doesn’t do you any good sitting on your shelves.” Get it out and use it! Daily! WARNING: You, too, may become addicted!!!

  • We had a problem with mice getting in our camper when we store it for the winter. A few years ago I tried peppermint oil on cotton balls, and we haven’t had a mouse since. Plus, the camper smells so good!

  • Peppermint in my favorite EO!! I keep a small roll on bottle with me at ALL times and I pull it out and roll it across the back of my neck without anyone seeing. I keep several oils in a drawer of my night stand and of course Peppermint is there. If I’m tensed, hyped or having a hard time falling a sleep, all I have to do is open the drawer and I get the scent of it immediately, I calm down and usually am a sleep in minutes, without even rubbing any on!! Did I mention it is my Favorite oil?!

  • Peppermint has always been my go to for headaches and it works every time. So happy to hear it works for numbness too because I woke up with some today!

  • Thanks for writing this post!

    I bought peppermint EO about a year ago and have only used it a handful of times.

    I found one fantastic use for it, though–homemade, all-natural shower soothers. I use them around this time of year when my Fall allergies start to kick in and I want some natural relief from all that nasty congestion. I wrote a blog post on making them if anyone’s interested! (http://blairblogs.com/2012/09/make-your-own-shower-soothers/)

    God Bless!

    xo,
    b

    • I personally like sweet almond oil, but you could also use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, probably coconut oil would work? I really like the almond one b/c it doesn’t have a scent like olive oil & coconut do, and it’s thin & inexpensive. I’m sure there are many, many others out there!

  • The other two things I like to do with peppermint oil…….I keep some in car in case I get sleepy while driving. A little under the nose and a drop or two on the air vents and I’m wide awake again.

    It also works well to help keep me cool on hot summer days. I get overheated very easily and have a low tolerance to heat. This past summer I started putting a few drops on the back of my neck on hot days – worked wonderfully!!

    Thanks for some new ideas of things to do with peppermint!

  • I’ve found you can also chew 2 of the lifesaver peppermint
    Chews for menstrual cramp relief. The candies contain the
    Peppermint oil. I would much rather do this than drink
    Peppermint tea.

  • Thank you for reminding me I even bought this oil like 6 months ago for headaches and totally forgot about it! I’ve got some congestion this morning (allergies) and a bit of a headache so I’ll go mix some with a carrier oil and hope for the best!

  • Hi Jilee!
    I love your blogs, especially if they feature DIY beauty products or essential oils.
    As a teacher of aromatherapy, its always great to hear someone in the public eye spreading the word about the natural therapeutic properties of the oils.
    I loved this peppermint blog- all those things are wonderful uses of this great oil.
    However, I would include that peppermint can be irritating to the skin so its best to mix it in a carrier oil before rubbing directly on the skin. Most oils, except Lavender & Tea tree, really need to be in a carrier oil before applied to the skin; especially peppermint.
    Good blogging to you!!

  • I put a drop in a small glass of water for a queasy stomach or gas. I was amazed at how well it works. I also spray it in corners and other areas to keep spiders away. Fingers crossed on that one!

  • Hi Jill, I love your blog!! I use Peppermint for the little mice critters! I didn’t want to kill them (ugh!) but just wanted them to leave!! They are!!! When I was buying mine at the health store the cute young ‘man’ who waited on me told me he puts it in his car, and it gives a good smell and makes all his dates happy!!! I thought that was cute!!

  • Hi Jill!
    Nice article – love the photos! I am a big fan of Peppermint too! I love it for its freshness and for the mental alertness it brings to me. I once read that Peppermint is called a “happy oil”. That about sums it up!
    :-)
    Lori

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