11 Great Uses for Peppermint Oil
Updated: Apr 2
Peppermint isn’t just a great breath freshener; it’s one of the most powerful natural medicines I’ve encountered. It’s my secret weapon for numerous everyday ailments have taken me from a state of discomfort to a state of euphoria.
Peppermint can be used directly on the skin, ingested or inhaled. This oil is great for babies, children and adults.* You may recognize some of the obvious uses, but you’ll also read other less traditional uses for peppermint. I encourage you to experiment to figure out what works best for you.
1. Boost of energy – rub 1-2 drops on back of neck for an instant second wind or a drop under the nose to improve clarity and alertness.
2. Headaches – apply to temples to help with caffeine withdrawal or headaches (careful to avoid your eyes!).
3. Upset stomach, digestive issues and seasickness – rub 1-2 drops on stomach in a clockwise motion or apply to wrists.
4. Pain – apply to achy joints to relieve pain or reduce menstruation cramps.
5. Bug repellent – add to armpits of dog/cats to avoid fleas. I’ve also heard stories of friends who have used peppermint to rid their home of ants and mice.
6. Fresh Breath – add one drop on the tongue. Viola!
7. Reduces inflammation – Peppermint is proven to improve performance in athletes because the oil reduces inflammation. Add one drop to a glass of water or green juice and enjoy.
8. Congestion – Inhale peppermint to open your sinuses. One sniff and you can breathe again!
9. Poison Ivy/Poison Oak – I know others who have used peppermint on skin affected by poison oak. Within minutes of applying peppermint, there was a noticeable improvement.
10. Hiccups – add one drop on the tongue or inhale straight from the bottle to suppress finicky hiccups.
11. It tastes delicious! Add one drop to almond milk or water for an extra fresh taste.
Always remember to use therapeutic grade essential oils. That way, you know exactly what’s going into your body, which isn’t always guaranteed with other synthetic grade oils.
*For those new to essential oils, Young Living shares best practices to make everyone has a positive experience with the oils. “Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.”
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