The Many Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil

by Carrie Raab on January 19, 2012

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 Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint.  Peppermint is widely used in tea as a garnish and is used in herbal teas because of its therapeutic benefits. Peppermint essential oil that is therapeutic grade, is highly concentrated and extremely powerful! ONE drop of Young Living Peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of tea! Can you believe that? That is amazing! Can you imagine having to drink 28 cups of tea to get the same benefits as one drop of essential oil.  No thanks! 

My favorite way to use peppermint oil is in my coffee! I put a drop into my Gano Cafe classic black coffee every morning. It is like having a peppermint mocha from a coffee shop. I love not only the taste but also smelling the peppermint oil vapors coming out of the cup.  It wakes me up, gives me energy and helps curb my appetite.  I also love the powerful effects peppermint oil has on my sinuses, as well as my husband and children.  We have not had a sinus infection in a year, and my son was prone to them 2-3 times a year!  What a blessing this oil is to me and my family! There are so many ways to use peppermint essential oil.

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil Uses:

  1. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion and to relieve heartburn.
  2. Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  3. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure/headache.
  4. Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  5. Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  6. Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine. Excellent to do prior to working out!
  7. Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  8. Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
  9. Rub 4-6 drops of Peppermint oil in the palm and rub over the stomach and around the naval to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
  10. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on an area of injury or chronic inflammation.
  11. Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (not broken skin) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around but not on the open wound.
  12. Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
  13. Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
  14. For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 vegetable mixing oil.
  15. Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
  16. To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).
  17. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil
    while taking a test to improve recall.
  18. Rub 4 drops of Peppermint oil on the chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.
  19. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
  20. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring.  Recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
  21. To deter rodents, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the
    path or point of entry for these pests.
  22. Mix a 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
  23. Place a drop of Peppermint oil in a cup of coffee to create your own peppermint mocha.
  24. Add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 oz. of water and spray plants to kill aphids.
  25. Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
  26. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
  27. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.
  28. Remove tick by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to withdraw its head from the skin and remove it.
  29. Mix Peppermint oil in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.

 Research on Peppermint Essential Oil shows these Effects

Peppermint essential oil applied topically for tension-type headaches was studied in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study at Christian Albrechts University in Germany (Badia et al., 1990). The conclusion? “Peppermint oil seems to be a harmless and effective treatment for tension-type headaches.” University of Kiel researchers also found that peppermint oil and a mixture of peppermint and eucalyptus oil reduced headaches. (Ref. 1 – References are at the end of this article) The same study showed peppermint to be effective in reducing emotional irritation, depression, and apathy (inactivity).

Research published in 2001 in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology found that inhalation of peppermint increased athletic performance in humans. Volunteer runners finished the 400-metcr dash faster, had significant strength (determined by handgrip), and could complete more pushups after inhaling peppermint oil (Raudenbush, 2001).

What is your favorite way to use Peppermint Essential Oil? Do you use it other than any of the above mentioned? Share with me! I love your comments and feedback!

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael July 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I have 100% pure essential peppermint oil. Is it ok to apply to my itchy arms? The caution on the back of the bottle says to avoid skin contact.Should I dilute it? If so can I use water?


Carrie Raab August 16, 2014 at 1:17 am

I only endorse Young Living oils. I can not give you information or advise on an oil that I personally do not use and not knowing if it is truly pure or not… labels are misleading. Possibly try YL peppermint with another peppermint and see which you like better. Let me know how I can help you! Thanks :)


Lucy February 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for all the advice. I like to add it to the oils that i do oil pulling with because i did suffer bad breath all the time before i started doing oil pulling. Now my breath is fresh most of the time.Thanks again and God bless!


Roberto January 13, 2014 at 5:46 am

I like to put one drop of ppeppermint essential oil in my mouth for sinus congestion or cought, how oftenncan i do this?


Carrie Raab February 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Apply as you feel led… many will re apply hourly or every couple hours


Stephanie January 10, 2014 at 4:22 am

Hi, I was just wondering… my son is 10 months old and I applied 1-2 drops mixed with about a tsp of grape seed oil to his feet to soothe a cough. But now I am reading all this bad stuff about using peppermint oil on and infant and I am freaking out… Is he going to be okay? How long do the effects last? I also used it on my 2 year old and I was reading how it can become toxic for them too if you over use it? I need your advice… Thank you!


Carrie Raab February 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hello Stephanie,
First and foremost I do not know what peppermint oil brand you are using. Where did you purchase it and from whom? This is our starting point. Blessings to you and know that YL oils are the only oils I endorse. Blessings


Vicki August 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

You mentioned that peppermint oil had eliminated your sinus infections. My mother is prone to them. How exactly do you use the oil on a daily basis to achieve this result?
Thank you for your information and God Bless!


Carrie Raab August 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

There are many ways to use peppermint oil for your sinuses. Topically, internally and diffusing it. If you need a YL coach, we can help. Blessings!


Sharla May 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Used peppermint oil on my shoulder as i have a torn rotator cuff and it really helped relieve the pain. Does this help insomnia?


Carrie Raab May 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!


Becky March 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I use peppermint oil on my dog who will get anxiety attacks. I rub a drop of oil on the top of his front paw and this helps ease him. It works great for him.


Fiona Mooney March 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

I have chronic migraine which are hormonal and whip lash injury related. I have been using peppermint and lavender oils for years. Peppermint helps with muscle tension in shoulder, head and neck area. People also tell me I smell great. It helps me stay alert but calm.


jamie February 1, 2013 at 4:34 am

I fill a large water bottle every morning and put 2 drops of lemon and peppermint oil in the water and enjoy the invigorating water all day! It awakens my whole body. We even call it “jazzy water” around our house.


Carrie Raab February 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

That is awesome, Jamie! I love it! Maybe I can steal your name and call it that too :) Thank you for sharing with us.


Ivan January 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I have used Peppermint oil for prostate inflammation just rubbing it on lower back 3 drops in 1 oz of water , it helped a lot but I had terrible side effects including headache drowsiness fatigue for 2 day for just using 3 drops is that normal I would like to use it again since it was so effective but I can not take the side effects, any suggestions, thanks.


Carrie Raab February 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Hello Ivan,
What brand was your peppermint essential oil?


Trina November 19, 2012 at 2:18 am

Peppermint oil also works for minor burns, it cools the skin.


liees October 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

HI, for me was ansiedad , insomnio, migranas todos curados por peperment. Todos lo usamos . En casa nunca falta


Heather Keeton September 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

I have terrible skin allergies and a rash on my neck/chest for many months now. Every night and morning I scratch so much and drives me crazy. I just learned today peppermint oil helps with itchy skin and rashes. I just used it an hour ago and my rash is gone! So I rubbed it on my arms and legs-no more itching!!!! Great thing about this was this morning I FINALLY asked God to relieve my itching-(I can’t believe I forget to pray for the obvious… took me this long???)


Carrie Raab October 7, 2012 at 2:53 am

Oh, Heather! What a wonderful testimony! Thanks for sharing. God is good and yes, we do forget He is the healer..thankful for your healing and amazing testimony! Thank you for sharing it with us! Bless you.


Kelly @ Blue Jeans & Coffee Beans July 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love to use peppermint oil mixed with lemon in my small cool mist humidifier. What a fresh, invigorating scent!


Carrie Raab July 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hey Kelly! Oh, that does sound wonderful! Awesome tip. I will be adding these two oils to my diffuser! I can’t wait. Thanks! Blessings


Edwena July 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

So you can diffuse peppermint oil? You don’t have to do anything to it? Thanks for the info.


Carrie Raab July 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Hey Edwena! Great question! Yes, you can diffuse YL peppermint oil. What kind of diffuser do you have? Thanks for stopping by.


Edwena July 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

It is from YL. Thanks for the info.

Kristi July 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Just found your site to search for pictures of peppermint essential oils. I love this article. I use peppermint essential oils during births if clients experience nausea if they can handle it and would like it. (I’m a doula.) Recently I decided to try putting it in my diffuser for myself to help with my morning sickness (15 weeks pregnant and JUST NOW thought of this) and it’s been wonderful. I’m really enjoying your blog. Thanks for this.


Carrie Raab July 21, 2012 at 1:09 am

Hey Kristi! So glad it was helpful for you! Blessings to you and your ministry of helping others. I love meeting other “oilers”! :)


Danielle July 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I had terrible ant bites last summer that only peppermint oil would quell. Yesterday I got the biggest mosquito bites I’ve ever had in my life! Alcohol didn’t work. Neither did Witch Hazel. I used peppermint oil on the sting and it is finally better.


Carrie Raab July 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Hey Danielle! That is awesome!!! Love the testimony… but sorry you got bit. Thank you for sharing!!


Tanya June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

My first experience with peppermint essential oil was when my toddler had a frighteningly high fever. We had such an odd experience at the E.R. where they sent us home because they were seeing children with higher fevers and had no rooms available to see our son. As a desperate mom searching for answers, I looked in my aromatherapy book that I got from massage school. It recommended peppermint essential oil. I sponge-bathed our son and he verbally told us that he could feel the heat leaving his body and asked for more. We have been on a venture of natural alternatives since than and it’s led us to Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils. Peppermint is one of our “never leave home without it” oils.


Carrie Raab June 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hey Tanya! Awesome testimony about YL peppermint oil!!! So happy you have seen the therapeutic healing results yourself and you use them for you and your family’s needs. They have changed my life and I am forever grateful for God’s healing oils! Bless you and thank you for sharing such a beautiful story with me and my readers :)


Deborah December 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

How old was your son and is Peppermint oil good for a 15month old that has a high fever?



Carrie Raab December 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hey, yes you can use it on your son. Apply the oil to his feet.

Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal February 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hi Carrie! I just shared this on my FB page. We don’t have ant problems here, but we sure did when we lived in CA. Wish I would’ve known to try the peppermint back then!


Carrie Raab February 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hey Andrea! Thx for sharing the love! The more that know about natural, green, healthy ways, the better! I appreciate it! I appreciate you!!! I have used it on my window seals, by putting the peppermint on a cotton ball.. they don’t like it…:)


Kathy Radigan January 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

I never knew peppermint oil had so many uses! Thanks! So glad I found you on Twitter, I’m happily following you here and on facebook!


Carrie Raab January 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hey Kathy! Thanks for stopping by. Glad to have connected! Yes, peppermint essential oil is amazing! I am learning more and more about essential oils and the properties are endless. Hope this article helps and intrigues you to discover the beauty of mankind’s first medicine! Blessings!


Traci January 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

wow so cool! following you now that I found you on twitter just now :-)


Carrie Raab January 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hey Traci! Thanks! Blessings!!!


Traci January 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

wow so cool! I wanna try it. Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations. Found you on twitter just now and I’m following you.


Carrie Raab July 25, 2012 at 2:40 am

Hey Edwena! Yes, I recommend YL oils and all uses are for YL. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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