Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted with a carrier oil, such as V-6 Massage Oil, before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water.
Peppermint essential oil is an energizing oil with a penetrating, minty aroma that helps to relieve both mental and physical fatigue. Use it in the daytime, as its energizing effect may keep you awake at night.
34 Tips for Using Peppermint Essential Oil:
- Curb Appetite: Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermints ability to directly affect the brains satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals. Inhale the fragrance (directly from the bottle) to curb appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
- Upset Tummy: Rub 2 drops over stomach/ around navel with 1 teaspoon V-6 Massage Oil (a carrier oil), this may help to relieve indigestion, flatulence, and diarrhea.*
- Keep Mice Out of Your Car: Peppermint essential oil is fantastic to have in your antique or “summer” car to keep the mice out. Smells much better than the commonly used remedy of Mothballs. Take a few cotton balls and place several drops of Peppermint oil on them and leave cotton balls in the car; you may want to refresh the cotton balls once every month or two.
- Keep Flies Away: Diffuse Peppermint near your doors to keep flies from entering your home. Or, place some peppermint on strips of cloth in your doorway or windows.
- Repel Fleas: Fleas do not like peppermint. Put 12-20 drops in a 14oz. spray bottle, shake frequently, and spray areas where pets spend time.
- Carpet Freshener: Mix 6-8 drops with 1 cup baking soda, stir well, and sprinkle on carpet, wait about 15 minutes and vacuum.
- Canker Sore: Put a drop on a canker sore, with a little V-6 to dilute, as soon as it presents itself, on the hour for approximately 4 to 6 times.
- Herbal Tea for Digestion: Add 1-drop Peppermint oil to herbal tea, may help to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.*
- Refresh Indoor Air: Diffuse Peppermint and fill your home with pleasant refreshing scent.
- Reduce Inflammation: Massage 2-3 drops of Peppermint with carrier oil (V-6) on a achy muscle may help to reduce inflammation.*
- Pain Relief: Apply 1-2 drops Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area as this may help to relieve pain. If there is a cut or open wound, apply the Peppermint oil around, not on, the open wound.
- Reduce Fever: Rub 2-5 drops of Peppermint oil on soles of the feet to reduce fever.*
- Stop Itching: Apply Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
- Poison ivy or poison oak: apply Peppermint oil on location, dilute with V-6 (carrier oil).
- Enhance Your Workout: Inhale Peppermint before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- Relieve Nausea: Massage 2 drops with V-6 on abdomen may help to relieve nausea.
- Headache: To relieve a headache, rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (keep away from eyes) and on the back of the neck.
- Improve Study Time: Diffuse Peppermint in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint while taking a test to improve recall.
- Congestion: Place a drop of Peppermint on tongue and palms of your hands; inhale deeply into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
- Rodents in Your House: To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place several drops on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.
- Ants: Smear a line of peppermint across your kitchen counter or floor, or place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in their pathway. The ants won’t cross the line. If you already have a line of ants invading your house, just draw a line of oil across their path and they will turn back. It is fun to watch.*
- Paint Fumes: Mix one 15-ml bottle of Peppermint into a 5 gallons of paint to dispel the fumes.
- Kill Aphids: Add 4-5 drops to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
- Cool-off: Put “one” drop in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
- Arthritis: Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain. *
- Bad Breath: Put “one” drop of diluted Peppermint oil on the tongue or (undiluted) into a glass of water to stop bad breath.
- Cooling Summertime Spray: Keep you cooled down by filling a spray bottle with water, add 1 drop of Peppermint oil. Shake and spray on your body throughout the day (keep away from eyes).
- Hot Flashes: Dab a drop of peppermint oil on the back of your neck.
- Bathroom Air Freshener: Add 6 drops to a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water, keep in bathroom for air freshener.
- Foot Bath: Mix 2 drops Peppermint oil with 1/2 cup Epsom Salt or Sea Salt in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.
- Driver Alertness: Stay alert behind the wheel on long road trips, skip the coffee and try sniffing peppermint.
- Peppermint Brownies: Add a drop of Peppermint to your brownie mix.
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Add a scant drop to a cup of hot chocolate.
- Peppermint Ice Cubes: Dip a toothpick into the center ring of the dripper cap on your bottle of Peppermint oil, dip the toothpick into the sections of the ice cube tray, freeze, serve with your favorite beverages – great for parties, summertime, or whenever you want a refreshing boost.
It’s amazing how many things one essential oil can be used for. To me essential oils are a mysterious miracle and a blessing to have in our lives. Do away with chemical, synthetic products and fill your cupboards with healthy essential oils. Start with Peppermint and have fun! Hopefully your bottle of Peppermint will begin your journey towards a happier, healthier and more abundant life.
*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 with carrier oil 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.
NOTE: Using other companies essential oils as these tips suggest can do more harm than goo. Please do not replace with inferior products. Young Living’s oils are food grade and many other essential oils on the market contain chemicals that make them unsafe to ingest, or apply on skin, or to inhale. Also these tips are not for diagnosing or prescribing but to you give you information if you decide to research it further.*