Peppermint Essential Oil

peppermint-essential-oil-1Back in September, I went to an essential oils workshop, and have since been incorporating them into my health and beauty routine daily. I used to use Young Living Essential Oils (pictures), but have recently switched to Mountain Rose Herbs for all my essential oil and health food/product needs–much more affordable! You can find these from several other online retailers, at health food stores, and there is even a limited selection right at Whole Foods. As I continue experimenting with them and finding favorites, I want to highlight particular oils on the blog from time to time.

I’ll start with peppermint oil because I use it daily, love it and it’s super versatile. The health benefits of peppermint oil include:

  • Anti-parasitic
  • Anti-tumor
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Digestive aid
  • Reduce fever and headaches
  • Alleviates nausea
  • Curbs appetite
  • Eases arthritis pain
  • Helps combat depression

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Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Here’s how I use peppermint essential oil in my everyday life:

Muscle Aches & Headaches

If I’m sore from an intense workout or just feeling achy (read: hungover), I love rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil over the affected muscles before bed. Really massage it in there. It’s like Mother Nature’s version of Icy Hot.

If you have a headache, rub a couple drops on your temples.

Bloating/Upset Stomach

Put a drop in a glass of water and drink it down to help relieve bloating and upset stomachs. One thing to take note of: don’t put essential oils in plastic cups. Make sure you’re drinking out of glass or metal (or paper). I’ve found that drinking peppermint oil has been great for digestion and preventing bloating.


Cold Symptom Relief

If you’re stuffed up from a cold, peppermint oil is your new best friend. Rub a drop under your nostrils and it’ll have the same effect as inhaling hot sauce—those sinuses will be clear in no time! I do this before bed when I have a cold so I can breathe comfortably without resorting to the dreaded mouth breath. The one downside is that, while it clears your sinuses, it also makes you feel very alert. If you have difficulty falling asleep, rubbing peppermint oil under your nose probably won’t help the situation.

Curb Appetite

Supposedly, putting a drop of peppermint oil in your water will help curb your appetite. I’m sure it works for some people, but I find that the only thing that really curbs my appetite is…food. Still, I love putting a drop in my water bottle each morning (don’t use more than a drop or two—this stuff is poignant!) If nothing else, drinking something with flavor helps me avoid boredom-induced snacking.

Rodent Repellant

If you have a diffuser, diffuse peppermint oil in your home to keep mice away. I happen to have a little f@*ker in my apartment this winter, but I just can’t bring myself to set traps or kill him, so I’ve been using peppermint oil. Haven’t seen Mickey in weeks!

Increase Focus and Alertness

Diffuse peppermint oil in your home office to increase focus and alertness. I find it really does keep me feeling sharp and mentally clear.


Pre-Workout Pump-Up

Peppermint oil really wakes you up. Get in the zone for a workout by inhaling some or by diffusing it in the room.

Instead of the Snooze Button

I’m a morning person (4:30 or 5AM wake-ups are no problem for me), but sometimes everyone needs a little help getting out of bed in the morning. I keep a jar of peppermint oil by my bed, and will just smell it or rub a drop under my nose in the morning if I’m feeling sluggish. HELLO. You’ll be wide awake—it’s like shoving Vick’s Vapor Rub up your nostrils (but in a good way).


During ladytimes, I rub a few drops into my abdomen to relieve cramps. Heavenly.

In the Kitchen

Add it into your baking to make peppermint brownies and fudge. Add it to tea for peppermint tea. Swirl it into vanilla ice cream and top with chocolate syrup. I admittedly haven’t experimented much with cooking with essential oils, but it’s on the to-do list!

Cocktail Mixer

And now is the part of the blog post where I totally defeat the entire purpose of using essential oils for their amazing health benefits by admitting that I mix peppermint oil with vodka, water and a lemon wedge for a low-calorie cocktail. DON’T JUDGE ME. Actually you can definitely judge me.

If you’re looking to buy your own bottle of peppermint essential oil, you can do so here ($13 for a 1-oz bottle).

Have you tried peppermint oil before? I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to use it!


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  1. I’ve used peppermint tea for upset stomach/nausea. I have also used the tea bags for headache relief too, which leads me to believe that peppermint oil would probably work nicely.

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  3. Just tried it for my tired egs, WOO! May have went a little overboard, but it feels great already! Thanks for the tips!

    • Haha yeah that stuff is STRONG! I accidentally got a tiny, microscopic, itsy bitsy drop in my eye and was 110% sure I was going to go blind. 🙂

  4. I love YL peppermint oil! I use it to help me breathe when I am feeling congested, to help get rid of headaches, to relieve sinus pain (just make sure to close your eyes, even the fumes can burn), in the YL massager to soothe sore muscles and we diffuse it just because it smells nice.

  5. Occasionally i get headaches from my desk job. I’ll have to try this! I just subscribed to your blog! 🙂

  6. Great post! A lot of excellent uses you’ve listed! I use essential oils as a part of my daily beuaty routine. Essential oils have saved my hair and done wonders for my skin. It’s amazing how versatile they are are! One of my all-time favorite products is Defend (which is a blend of argan oil and essential oils – from After making the transition from commercial brands to more natural and organic brands, it’s amazing how much of a difference you see! I am so impressed with how much shiner and softer my hair is after breaking into natural products! My skin is tighter, softer, and more hydrated too. I’ve tried a lot of different products/ brands, and I swear by Purelement Naturals. They also have a great scrub that’s oil based called “Glow.” Essential oils are definitely more effective than creams (I would never go back to using creams) and a little bit goes a long way!

  7. I’ve heard so much about essential oils. They seem to be a great thing. Is there anything you know of for sever headaches? I get migraines and I hate having to dose myself with pills….

    • I know a bit of Peppermint oil on your temples (just a bit though because it can really make your eyes water) helps relieve headaches. If I learn any more about treating severe ones, I’ll let you know!

  8. Meredith says:

    Where can I find these super oils? 🙂

  9. Brittany says:

    You can put it on a cotton ball with water for a great astringent

  10. will peppermint oil help uti infection or any kind u may have?

    • I bet adding a drop to you water would definitely help, but you’d probably need something a little stronger to supplement it and fully clear it up.

  11. I am so into oils right now. I just placed an order and pick them up when I go to London in a couple weeks. I can’t wait.

    Hilary x

  12. Hello Nicole, I use peppermint oil to make my own toothpaste and deodorant . And yes, I add it to coconut oil to ease muscle pain and inflammation.

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