Peppermint Essential Oil - Benefits & How to Use

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils in the world. It can be used in multiple ways, either topically or aromatically, to address various health concerns that you would encounter in your daily lives. From relieving muscle aches and improving respiratory health; to promoting healthier hair and skin, peppermint oil serves as a natural remedy to aid with these health issues.

According to a research article, peppermint essential oil possesses potent antioxidant and antibacterial activities. Another study stated that peppermint and its oil plays a significant role in Eastern and Western medicines due to its antiseptic and analgesic effects. It is no surprise that peppermint essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils amongst its kind. 

What is Peppermint Essential Oil?

Peppermint is known as the hybrid of spearmint (M. spicata L.) and water mint (M. aquatic). Extracted by steam distilling the fresh peppermint leaves, the main active ingredients discovered in peppermint oil are menthol (50-60%), menthone (10-20%), and menthyl acetate (3-5%). These volatile compounds are responsible for the exhilarating scent and energizing effects of peppermint.

 

Top 6 Peppermint Oil Benefits & Uses

1) Improve respiratory health 

Peppermint essential oil helps to clear your sinuses and promote smoother breathing with its unique expectorant qualities. Perfect as a decongestant, the refreshing minty scent of peppermint oil bestows great relief for other respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, and cough. 

Lab investigations from Shahed University in Iran show that peppermint essential oil exhibits comparable antimicrobial activities, further supporting the fact that it helps the respiratory system to combat infections. 

How to Use

Mix peppermint oil with natural jojoba oil and gently rub on the chest or under the nose for better relief. For better breathing efficiency, add 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil into your aromatherapy diffuser.

2) Strengthen memory power & energy levels

Peppermint essential oil works as a natural stimulant to improve energy levels, prepping your mind and body for better physical performance ahead or extended travel trips. Peppermint oil also helps with enhancing memory and concentration, making it perfect for studies and work.

study published by Nutrients in the UK studied the cognitive and mood effects of peppermint essential oil on nervous system function. The findings stated that participants exposed to peppermint oil have lower levels of mental fatigue with improved alertness and memory power. 

How to Use

To boost your energy levels and concentrative powers, blend 2-3 drops with carrier oil and massage on your temples. Alternatively, you can try direct inhalation or use it with an aromatherapy diffuser.

3) Enhance hair growth & lessen dandruff

Peppermint essential oil naturally thickens the hair and repair damaged strands for a lustrous appearance. With the rich menthol content from peppermint oil, it helps to energize the scalp and eliminate dandruff, making it a common additive in premium hair care products such as shampoos and conditioners.

research analysis by Toxicological Research in Korea tested the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil for hair growth on mice. With a 4-week topical application of peppermint oil on the test subjects, the results showed increased growth of hair follicles and epidermal thickness as compared to jojoba oil and minoxidil (hair growing agent).

How to Use

To use peppermint oil for healthier hair and thicker strands, add 2-3 drops into your shampoo and conditioner. For a refreshing hair spray, mix 5-8 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle filled with water and mist on after shower. 

 

4) Boost skin health

Due to the stimulating menthol content of peppermint essential oil, it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that are great for skin cleansing. The minty essence also helps to calm skin irritations as well as acne, smoothing away for a healthy skin tone.

scientific review published by the Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research in Morocco states that the natural constituents of peppermint essential oil (mainly menthol and menthyl acetate) exhibits great antimicrobial activities of strong inhibitory effects for 7 bacteria strains. This research further reinforces the protective properties of peppermint oil.

How to Use

To improve skin health, try blending peppermint and lemon with organic argan oil and apply topically on areas of concern.

 

5) Alleviate headaches & nausea

The minty exhilarating scent of peppermint essential oil helps to improve natural circulation, relaxing tension that usually causes headaches and migraines. A few whiffs of this refreshing aromatic essence would help to ease nausea as well.

clinical trial by the Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences in Iran experiments the analgesic and pain-relieving effects of peppermint essential oil with a group of 120 subjects diagnosed with migraine attacks. They found that 40% of the test subjects experience a significant drop in headache intensities with the presence of peppermint oil.

Another test trial on 34 patients with postoperative nausea shows that after being exposed to peppermint oil, the average nausea rating dropped from 3.29 to 1.44 with significant reduction rates.

How to Use

To use peppermint essential oil for headache and nausea, inhale it directly from the bottle or rub 1-2 diluted drops behind the ears and temples.

6) Natural relief for muscle aches

The cooling effects of menthol from peppermint essential oil makes it the perfect natural pain reliever for muscle aches. With its antispasmodic properties, peppermint oil releases tensed muscles, joints and is especially helpful as a muscle relaxant.

According to the review article by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicines, 60 participants in a clinical trial shows significant improvement in terms of pain relief and improved pain tolerance after topical application of peppermint essential oil.

How to Use

For a natural pain relief remedy, dilute 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with a natural carrier oil and rub on areas of concern. Try adding 5-6 drops into your bathwater (warm temperature) and soak in. 

Final Thoughts

As mentioned above, peppermint essential oil has multiple benefits and uses for our physical and emotional health. It is not a surprise that peppermint oil is one of the most versatile oils in the world, and we couldn't recommend more to keep one at your homes. 

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