10 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint, it is invigorating and refreshing while soothing at the same time. What’s not to love? It was my favourite herb as a child so it’s no wonder that it was one of the first essential oils I purchased.

Essential oils popping up in homes across the country. It seems that everywhere I look someone is buying essential oils. This is a good and negative thing in my option since essential oils are a much higher concentration than their herbal counterparts. That being said I love essential oils!

I always keep a bottle or two of peppermint on hand. I’m currently waving a bottle of it under my nose to keep me going as I write this.

(Note: Peppermint essential should be completely avoided under the age of two. Some are okay with cautious use until the age of 6. Do not use while breastfeeding as it is not safe for infants even through breast milk, it also can dry you up. For more essential oil safety tips check out these resources.)

10 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

1. Defuse to Improve Energy and Mood

When I am tired or stressed I find that defusing a few drops of peppermint essential oil to be just what I need.

2. Add to an Epsom Salt Foot Bath

Sore, achy feet feel so much better after you give them a soak in a foot bath of cool water, Epsom salt, and essential oil. I used to soak my feet every week and somehow forgot about it. I’m thinking it needs to become a weekly tradition agian.

3. Defuse with Lemon and Lavender for Allergies

Many have found that when a couple drops of peppermint are defused with lemon and lavender essential oil that it can help ease seasonal allergies. (Find out how to get all three for free.)

4. Use in Homemade Lip Balm

I am such a sucker for chocolate, add peppermint to it and I am on Cloud 9. Homemade lip balms is easy to make and is a great gift (think Christmas approaching). One of my favourite lip balms  to make and use cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil. Chocolate peppermint lovers will be delighted with this!

5. Use in Homemade Lotion

If you thought that chocolate peppermint lip balm was amazing how about a peppermint patty inspired hand lotion? It soothe tired and achy hands while leaving your hand temporarily smelling like my favourite treat!

6. Use in Cookie Recipes

I tend to be cautious when it comes to using essential oils internally. If I am making my favourite soaked and sprouted oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and I am out of extract I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. It is extremely diluted and mixes right in.

7. Keep Ants and Spiders Out of Your Home

You can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a cotton ball and place in corners of the house or window frame where ants and spiders tend to get it to deter them.

8. To Ease a Headache

Mix peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil to make a headache rub. Gently massage the temples, forehead, and back of the neck with the oil blend for a bit of releaf. You could add lavender to an additional boost.

9. Use in a Vapor Rub

I have been making vapor rub for years. The base is coconut or olive oil with congestion soothing herbs. For an extra boost, essential oils like peppermint can be added.

10. Use in Homemade Toothpaste or Tooth Powder

Who doesn’t love to have refreshing breath after brushing their teeth? I use peppermint essential oil in my coconut oil toothpaste, my squeezable bentonite clay toothpaste, and in my toothpowder.

 What are your favourite ways to use peppermint essential oil?

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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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