We’ve already talked about how a peppermint essential oil may help improve your life, so now the only question left is: how should you go about using it in your daily routine?
Lucky for you, in today’s guide we’ll be sharing 24 situations where a peppermint oil may come in handy.
We’re also going to highlight the best ways to use the oil so you may be able to find natural relief for tons of issues as quickly as possible.
Let’s work our way through this list so you can see just how versatile peppermint essential oil truly is, starting with its most popular uses.
Use a Peppermint Essential Oil for Stomach Relief
When stomach issues have you feeling uncomfortable, a peppermint essential oil may be able to provide some relief:
#1. Settle nausea. Simply inhaling or diffusing the peppermint oil may be enough to help subdue feelings of nausea [*].
#2. IBS treatment. In the same way peppermint cools and calms a nauseous tummy, it may also do the same for IBS symptoms such as gas, bloating, and heartburn.
#3. Reduce digestive upsets. When mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed directly on the stomach, the peppermint may help reduce bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, and flatulence.
And stomach relief isn’t the only task peppermint is good for.
It May Also Work Well For Treating These Common Conditions
If you’re suffering from one of the following conditions and you’re looking for natural relief, try using a peppermint essential oil.
#4. Fever reducer. Mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and apply directly to a cold compress. Lay this over your forehead, close your eyes, and inhale deeply.
#5. Find headache relief. You can also apply the mixed solution from tip #4 to your forehead, neck, temples, and wrists if laying with a compress is not an option, or if you’re looking for specific headache relief.
#6. Sinus aid. Diffusing peppermint oil may be a great way to help open congested airways. It may also provide you with reduced sinus pressure to give additional headache relief.
#7. Sore throat. You can also diffuse peppermint oil and breathe it in through your mouth, which may help reduce the irritation that comes with a sore throat.
As a safety precaution: you should not be standing over the diffuser with the airflow going directly in your mouth. Rather, simply breathe in and out through your mouth a few feet away from your diffuser.
You can also breathe in directly from your essential oil bottle too.
#8. Cough suppressant. This same diffusing method may be able to provide you and your family with natural cough suppressing relief as well.
#9. DIY “Vicks” vapor rub. And when the peppermint oil is mixed with a carrier oil and applied directly to your chest, you’ll have your own DIY (and natural) version of a familiar store-bought version.
While these uses for peppermint essential oil may help you feel better when you’re sick, the next set of ideas may just give you that extra boost you need to take your performance to the next level.
Improve Focus, Control Cravings, & Get a Natural Energy Boost
Struggling to focus?
Always craving sugar?
Need more energy?
We’re not saying a peppermint essential oil is your free ride to better health, but it may be able to improve your situation.
#10. Diffuse a peppermint oil in your car. Instead of reaching for your normal cup of coffee, try diffusing a peppermint oil in your car and you may just have the focus you need for a productive work day.
#11. Spray peppermint on your clothes. The only downside to the car option is that it only lasts as long as you’re commuting back and forth.
Try spritzing a peppermint essential oil (roughly 10 drops of oil with a full squirt bottle of filtered water) onto your clothing so it can be inhaled throughout the day.
This long-lasting focus may also be able to help your child concentrate more at school, including if they struggle with ADHD.
And if you’re worried about the peppermint reacting with your clothes, this next option is a better alternative for you.
#12. Apply the mix to your wrists for all day energy. Mix the peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply this to your wrists or neck to ensure you’ll be able to inhale the powerful benefits of peppermint throughout your busy, hectic day.
#13. Relieve achy muscles and stiff joints. That same mix may work well when applied topically to tight muscles and painful joints. Simply combine and massage into your skin post-workout or whenever you’re feeling achy.
#14. Combat post-meal sweet cravings. After meals when you’re feeling the need for something sweet, brush your teeth and pair this with diffusing your peppermint oil nearby.
You’ll feel too clean and minty to ruin your freshly brushed smile with late-night munchies. And that may help you cut down your sweet cravings after meals once and for all.
You can also use a peppermint essential oil while you shower.
Use Peppermint to Improve Your Hair & Scalp Health
By adding peppermint to your daily routine, you’ll feel like everyday is spa day.
#15. Add a few drops of peppermint to your shampoo. This may help provide anti-itch relief and might also help to keep lice away.
#16. Create a shower or bath bomb. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a baking soda and citric acid mix can help you create your own DIY shower or bath bombs.
And when these other flare ups surface, peppermint may also be able to deliver much-needed relief.
It May Also Help Improve Your Skin & Oral Health
Here’s how a peppermint essential oil may be able to help your skin and oral health:
#17. Anti-itch properties. When mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed all over like a lotion, peppermint may be able to soothe away skin and bug irritations.
#18. Bug repellent. Instead of blasting your skin with chemical bug sprays, use that same spray bottle that was created for all day focus (tip #11) and you may be able to successfully keep away bugs during the summer or your camping trips.
#19. Sunburn relief. And if you’re out of aloe or prefer to travel lightly, peppermint oil can be mixed with a carrier oil to help provide cooling post-sun and relieve hot skin.
#20. Improve acne. That same lotion-like mixture can be applied on acne-prone spots to help soften any inflammation. It is important to first consult with a dermatologist to ensure that previously prescribed medications won’t conflict.
#21. Freshen your breath. By swishing peppermint with this popular oil pulling oil, you’ll be able to freshen your breath and add a hint of natural peppermint to your mouth any time.
#22. Find relief for toothaches. The same swishing method may also help provide you with minor toothache relief. But if swishing is too painful, apply the mixture to a cotton swab and apply it directly to the pain. Continuing pain should be followed up by a trip to your dentist.
New parents and babies can also find specific uses for a high-quality peppermint essential oil.
Even Fussy Babies May Benefit From Using a Peppermint Essential Oil
When nothing seems to help, peppermint oil may be your secret weapon for a happy baby.
#23. Help teething little ones find relief. In the same way you would for an adult’s toothache, mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil and add this to a cotton swab, your finger, or on a teething ring.When rubbed along your baby’s gums, they may calm down and feel better thanks to the cooling relief of peppermint.
#24. Colicky babies may also benefit. This same cotton swab method may also help your fussy baby settle in and relax.
If you don’t feel comfortable using an essential oil in your baby’s mouth, you should think about diffusing the peppermint oil instead.
You can keep a diffuser in their nursery or playroom or bring a portable one along for car rides and trips to your in-law’s.
Consider Using a Peppermint Essential Oil Everyday
Now that you see how easy it is to use a peppermint essential oil, and you have a better idea of all the ways it may help, the last and final question remaining is: which method will you try first?
No matter which you choose, you can feel confident you’re making the right choice for your health and well being.