Along with Lavender oil, Peppermint is one of the most versatile essential oils in the world. The health benefits of Peppermint oil have been documented as far back as 1,000 BC and traces of Peppermint have been found in Egyptian tombs — so you know it must be good. Peppermint gets its fresh, green scent and cooling effect from its high menthol content (35-45%). The oil is harvested when the menthol content is at its peak, in full early bloom, and is steam distilled from the partially dried herb.
If you have some on hand, here are ten great Peppermint essential oil uses:
Relieve muscle pain
Peppermint can help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. Mix several drops of Peppermint oil with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, sweet almond) and use as massage oil. It’s an amazing way to deal with sore muscles and joints.
Promote hair growth
A scientific study found that Peppermint oil can stimulate hair growth when applied topically to the scalp. Add peppermint oil to your shampoo, or mix several drops of Peppermint oil with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, sweet almond) and massage directly onto your scalp.
Curb your appetite
If you just can’t put the chips down, take a second to stop and smell the peppermint. The scent of mint is an effective appetite suppressant. Inhale some Peppermint oil or drink some mint tea to satisfy your cravings.
Inhaling Peppermint oil can eliminate the effects of nausea and motion sickness, simply because of its relaxing and soothing effects.
Cool down a sunburn
Peppermint oil can hydrate burnt skin and relieve the pain from sunburns. Mix peppermint oil with a bit of coconut oil and apply it directly to the affected area
Kill nail fungus
Apply Peppermint oil directly to infected nails and rub in to help zap the fungus away over time.
Calm headaches and anxiety
Rub 2 – 3 drops of Peppermint oil in your cupped palms, place your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale deeply. You can also rub Peppermint oil on parts of your body (temples, wrists, neck) for an immediate calming effect.
Take the sting out of insect bites
Put a drop of Peppermint oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
Repel bugs and insects
Better yet — prevent bites altogether by misting Peppermint oil onto your skin and clothing.
Soothe irritated skin
Mix several drops of Peppermint oil with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, sweet almond) and use topically on irritated skin, eczema and dermatitis.
Safety Considerations: Consider a patch test before applying directly to those with sensitive skin.