peppermint essential oil uses

Peppermint Essential Oil Uses – Herbal Health

Peppermint essential oil has many uses. It provides a cooling sensation, reliefs sore muscles and has a calming effect on the body. It also helps with digestive issues and freshens bad breath. 

Essential oils are important part of ayurveda, where they can be used to balance out doshas. Besides being used as medicine, and for aromatherapy treatments, they are present in many of the herbal beauty creams and oils.

You can read more about the benefits of essential oils in my article here:

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

Peppermint essential oil is obtained from a peppermint plant,that is a hybrid species of watermint and spearmint.  It is indigenous to Europe and Middle East.

A lot of medical studies have been conducted into the wonderful benefits of peppermint essential oil, but this article discusses them from ayurvedic remedies point of view.


Peppermint is extremely powerful herb in ayurvedic medicine. It is also favourite in many recipes, where it’s not the main active ingredient due to its pleasant fresh taste and fragrance.

It is also often used in cooking. toothpastes and its one of the most popular herbal teas.

Peppermint essential oil provides a cooling sensation, reliefs sore muscles and has a calming effect on the body. It also helps with digestive issues and freshens bad breath.  It is often present in many natural remedies for various skin conditions, airway infections and flu.

It is important that you choose organic and pure peppermint essential oil in order to receive the full benefits from this herb.

You can order pure organic peppermint essential oil here:

Improves Digestion

Peppermint oil improved digestion and helps with stomach aches. It works by reducing gastric acid and spasms, hence reducing pains associates with poor digestion.

It has also been found to improve the many of the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), like gas, bloating, indigestion, gas and irregularity.

It is also safe to use on infants and therefore often an effective ingredient in colic medication that can be added to a milk.


Use 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water. You can also add the oil into tea. Please not that peppermint tea produced from the peppermint leafs is not as effective as pure peppermint essential oil, although it is often marketed as such and main ingredient in many digestive teas.

For colic, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to a 250ml bottle of breast milk or formula.

Read about my other home remedies for digestion problems:

Ayurvedic Remedies For Digestion

Relief Skin Problems

skinBecause of the cooling effects of peppermint on the skin, it has a great soothing relief for burns, sunburns and diaper rash. It also helps to support healthy skin renewal.

It is also great to calm itchy skin and prevent scratching. Therefore it is often used on children when they suffer from chicken pox or measles or for poison ivy itches.

Due to its anti-microbial properties, it can also be called to treat various skin infections and fight eczema and psoriasis often together with lavender essential oil. Peppermint essential oil is also used as an active ingredient to cure acne and prevent black heads.


Mix some drops with coconut oil and spread on the skin. Repeat when necessary.

Fight Bad Breath

Homemade toothpaste with mintPeppermint has anti-bacterial abilities and therefore it balances the bacteria that lives in the mouth, throat, gums and the oral cavity, fighting both bad breath and cavities, making it one of the favourite ingredients in chewing gums, toothpastes and mouth washes.


Make your own tooth paste with peppermint or add few drops into a glass of water for mouth wash.

Find out in my own article how you can further improve your oral health by using coconut oil pulling technique:

Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling – Healthier Teeth and Mouth

Pain Relief

Peppermint essential oil is extremely effective natural painkiller. It improves circulation and reliefs tension. It is used for soothing aching muscles and joints.

It is also  effective cure for headaches and migranes, sore and cramping muscles. It is also effective against fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain syndrome. It therefore often used in rubbing creams together with eucalyptus and menthol.


For rubbing ointment, mix coconut oil with few drops of peppermint, menthol and eucalyptus essential oil. For headaches, rub few drops under your nose and on your forehead.

Flu Remedy


Because peppermint fights fever, airways and sinus infections, it is an extremely effective flu remedy. It unclogs the sinuses, opens your airways and acts as a decongestant. It brings relief to scratchy throats.

Because of its cooling effect, it reduces fever. Together with eucalyptus it has also been traditionally used against cough, asthma, and bronchitis with a water vapour diffuser.


  • For astma, bronchitis , flu, sinus and airways infections – Add few drops together with eucalyptus oil into a water vapor diffuser over night. Drink few drops mixed in warm water or tea.
  • For fever – Add few drops into coconut oil and rub the chest and forehead with the oil. Add to water which is used to wash and cool the patient.

Take a look my other ayurvedic flu remedy here:

Ayurvedic Remedies For Flu

Mood Booster

Peppermint essential oil is a mayor mood booster.  It stimulates the mind and gives you a wake up call in the mornings. It also helps you to improve concentration and can be used to reduce stress.

It is popular among Indian students taking their exams. It can also help people who have difficulties of waking up in the morning or suffer from chronic fatigue.

It is also know for the ability to “burn the midnight oil” and therefore a favourite of truck drivers and medical personal who have to work at night.

Read here how peppermint essential oil can be used by the students to improve the studying results:

Essential Oils for Concentration and Memory


Use few drops under your nose, add to warm water or tea. Add to your shampoo and wash your hair in the morning with it.

Other Uses

  • Reduce Hunger Cravings – Often used in diet products, peppermint oil prevents munches and helps you feel full longer.
  • ADHD Support – Few drops in clothing are known to improve concentration and alertness.
  • Teething – Rub few drops with a finger in the infacts teeth. It cools down the aching gums.
  • Balance hormones – few drops in pyjamas reduces nightsweats during menopause and cramps during mensturation.
  • Allergy Relief – Peppermint essential oil relaxes the naval passages and helps to clear out mucus and pollen during the allergy season. Use diffuser for further reliefing congestion.
  • Reduce Nausea – Inhaling few drops of peppermint essential oil from a napkin or smearing a little oil under the nose helps to prevent nausea and is often used as a natural relief during pregnancy and chemotherapy treatments.
  • Shampoo – Improves hair growth, removes dandruff and fights lice
  • Bug Repellent – Peppermint essential oil is also a very effective bug repellent. Add few drops to coconut oil and use as a cream to prevent mosquito bites. Use in an aromatherapy diffuser to repel mice, ants, bed bugs, spiders and cockroaches from the house.


My Loving Advice

I always have peppermint essential oil in my herbal cabinet. Over the years I have used it on my children to relief colic and soothe diaper rashes and teething problems. I added it to pumped breast milk to sooth colic and used it to treat my daughters IBS.

It was also used it to fight common colds, fevers, sinus and airway infections. It cured many sun burns caused by the sun or fire. We used it to repel insects and sooth skin problems from eczema to measles.

It is also an important ingredient in my homemade toothpaste and mouth wash. During my cancer it helped me through the nasty spells of nausea and headaches. It helped to relief the symptoms of my menopause and inflammation of my joints.

I use it every day in my aromatherapy diffuser and often on the sauna as well. Peppermint essential oil uses are countless and I really don’t know what I would do without it!

ॐ Love and Health


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18 thoughts on “Peppermint Essential Oil Uses – Herbal Health”

  1. This is very interesting. I always thought that peppermint was used in so many products due to its pleasant taste, not realising it also has healing properties! Thank you for correcting me.

    1. Hi Mark, its true that peppermint essential oil is often used in household products such as mouth wash and tooth paste because it freshens the breath and in throat pastels due to its disinfectant abilities, but people mostly recognise it do to its distinct taste.

  2. You mentioned the peppermint oil for chicken pox. I have two children who currently suffer from it and nothing helps, they keep on scratching themselves at night. How would you use it?

    1. Hi Reny,
      sorry to hear about your kids suffering from chicken pox! To treat the poxes, use pure organic, undiluted peppermint essential oil. Wash your hands well and spread some over the poxes with your finger. It will stop the itching almost instantly.

  3. Do you have a recipe for the home made peppermint toothpaste? I would love that instead of buying it from a health store.
    P.S. Peppermint is my favorite type of tea!

    1. Hi Fritz,
      I love peppermint tea too. For peppermint toothpaste you have different recipes. My favorite one is with baking soda, but you can also leave it out:
      – 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
      – 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda (optional)
      – 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil.
      – 10 drops myrrh extract (optional)
      Mix and store cold. Stays good for month if kept in cold.

  4. I was very happy to seek out this web-site when I was looking for essential oils to be used with skin problems.I wished to thanks for your time for this wonderful learn!! I definitely
    will try out your recipe for the peppermint tooth paste, I hate the chemicals that are present in the ones found at the stores. Do you have any suggestions for best way to use peppermint oil for bad eczema where the skin is broken?

    1. Hi Douglas, I suggest you use peppermint essential oil, mixed with extra virgin coconut oil. Both are very effective against eczema and both are safe to be used on broken skin. Take 1/2 cup of extra virgin coconut oil, mix with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. Store in cold. Apply locally 3-4 time a day until the skin has closed. Then continue apply morning and evening for at least 2 months after the skin has healed.

  5. Skillful article, very harmonic, like your whole journal, well done. I wonder if products such as peppermint chewing gum and peppermint pastels offer the same benefits as the pure peppermint essential oil?

    1. Hi Eileen, thank you for the positive feedback regarding my site 🙂 Although those products do normally contain peppermint oil, which is one of the cheapest and most effective of the essential oils, those products contain a lot of potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients. Hence they do offer minimal health benefits, but definitely not the same you would get from using pure peppermint essential oil.

  6. It always comes back to the herbs! When we think of medical advancements and breakthroughs in technology to cure diseases herbs are usually the base of it all.

    When I was a child and Grandma gave me Pepto bis mal, I didn’t even know that there was plant extract in the stuff.

    It is amazing and taken for granted how much plants and herbs give us. We don’t see it but it is in the products we use every day. I was drinking some infused water the other day with sweet mint leaves in it and this young guy at work was asking me about it and he didn’t know that mint came from a plant.

    If you really think about it, everything that we ingest into our bodies (food or drink wise) comes from plants or animals. There may be some exceptions of course. Peppermint is one of nature’s gifts and it sure is a great one. Thank you for sharing this lovely post!


    1. Hi David, herbs are the absolute key to healing us humans. I never believed that chemicals have the power to heal anything and peppermint essential oil surely is one of the amazing healers. In fact ayurvedic medicine beliefs that food is also medicine, you are what you eat! Many people have no idea about the power of herbs, alternative medicine has such a bad name.

      I am little confused about your statement over pepto bismal though, as far as I can read on the list of ingredients, there is nothing herbal, but rather chemicals: bismuth subsalicylate, benzoic acid, D&C Red No. 22, D&C Red No. 28, flavour, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, sodium saccharin, salicylic acid, sodium salicylate, sorbic acid, and water.

  7. Wow! I had no idea that peppermint oil has so many benefits!

    I have terrible allergy problems this time of the year. I also wear a CPAP mask for sleep apnea. I’ve been waking up lately each morning with a runny nose and sneezing. This condition remains throughout the day. Would peppermint oil help this condition? How would I use it?

    Where do I purchase peppermint oil?

    Thanks, for such an informative post!

    1. Hi Marty! Happy you enjoyed my post. You can use peppermint oil in many different ways. My favorite is putting few drops into a tea, but you can also mix it with cold water and drink it that way. You might also consider getting the diffuser and use it with the peppermint essential oil. You can purchase the oil here:

  8. Very informative post. I had no idea that peppermint oil had so many useses. Thank you, I will try some of these for myself as I suffer from frequent colds. Do I use eucalyptus and peppermint mixed or separately for the the water vapor diffuser?

    1. Hi Mike,
      peppermint oil will be great for cold! You can blend the essential oils, there is no reason to use them separately.

  9. I remember my grandma giving me some peppermint oil when I was a child to calm my stomach, but I couldn’t remember the exact dose, so thank you. It’s also great to know there are so many other uses for it. I think I will also try it for the wake up effect. I work often in night shifts and have difficulties to keep awake.

    1. Hi Diana, just few drops are enough for any tummy related problems. For night time, try making green tea with few drops of peppermint essential oil.

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