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Peppermint Essential Oil: Uses for Skin,
Hair and Aromatherapy

Overview of Peppermint Essential Oil

Think you’re cool now? Well, wait till you discover the cooling and rejuvenating properties of this powerful oil!

What Is Peppermint Essential Oil?

Peppermint is a hybrid aromatic herb that’s a cross between spearmint and watermint. Its easily recognizable scent is a blend of fresh and minty notes, making it one of the most refreshing scents used in aromatherapy today. You can find it in almost any home, as peppermint has been used to make mouthwashes, soaps, candles, air fresheners and more.

Peppermint oil is a concentrated liquid extracted from the leaves of the plant peppermint herb. This time-tested aromatic remedy is traditionally made through distilling the plant Mentha × piperita, however it can also be extracted through mechanical methods such as cold-pressing. This helps the oil capture the “essence” of the plant’s scent as well as its soothing and relaxing properties.

The plant’s powerful properties (including antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory) have made it a popular herb for health since its discovery thousands of years ago. In ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, it was highly praised for its ability to soothe the body and soul.


Peppermint Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Mentha × piperita

Native to

Europe and the Middle East


Vulnerary, febrifuge, expectorant,  stomachic, analgesic, tonic, stimulant, anti-histamine

Main ingredients

Menthol, Menthone, limonene, 1,8-Cineole, Isovalerate, pinene



Blends well with

Basil, frankincense, grapefruit, marjoram, lime, lemon, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, geranium, eucalyptus, geranium and marjoram essential oils




Spearmint or orange essential oils

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A study published in the Journal Of Comparative Pathobiology Iran in 2011 used the gas chromatography–mass spectrometry system to find the compounds in peppermint oil and its composition. The study also revealed that the oil has antimicrobial activities.(1)

Peppermint Oil Benefits

Whether you’re suffering from indigestion or skin irritations, peppermint oil can come in handy. This versatile plant extract is able to treat and soothe a wide range of illnesses.

It has a variety of medicinal and therapeutic benefits, some of which we’ll dive into a little further down. For now, here’s a quick run-down of some of its most talked-about benefits:


It Helps To Treat Stomach Discomfort And Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

Peppermint is a versatile plant that helps to ease bloating and other types of stomach discomfort. Research has shown that the menthol in peppermint oil (a key ingredient in peppermint) has a relaxing effect on the stomach.(2)

Nowadays, enteric-coated peppermint oil is available that is used to treat stomach issues including IBS, bloating and indigestion. Taking peppermint as peppermint tea is also a common way of treating IBS. The minty peppermint flavor is preferred by many. Many research papers have been published on the effects of peppermint oil on the irritable bowel syndrome.(3)


Its Scent Can Alleviate The Common Cold.

Peppermint oil has an effectiveness that’s equal to over-the-counter medications and vapour rubs. It has cleansing ingredients, along with antiseptic and antibacterial properties, that fight off bacteria and viruses that are prone to causing colds, while the anti-inflammatory properties ease the discomfort of having a sore throat.


It Can Soothe Headaches And Muscle Pains.

Peppermint oil has a cooling effect, soothing muscles from within for carefree days. It contains many analgesic and pain-relieving ingredients that deliver instant comfort. The oil is often used in migraine roll-ons and other products that soothe pain.

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


It Can Soothe Allergy Rashes, Skin Irritation And Inflammation

Peppermint oil has skin-soothing ingredients that can reduce itching from bug bites, skin inflammations and allergy rashes. Research has shown that peppermint oil also has a healing effect on skin, reducing the appearance of scars and burn marks to restore skin to a healthy state. (4)


It May Treat Respiratory Ailments

Peppermint oil is an essential ingredient in cold relieving medicines. The menthol content in the oil is responsible for removing infections from the respiratory tract.


A Painkiller for Physical Ailments

Peppermint oil’s refrigerant properties make it an excellent choice for topical application for overcoming pain and cramps. The soothing sensation on the skin due to menthol provides instant relief. It is applied to treat muscle stiffness and soreness.

A journal published a report in 2014 which stated that the use of peppermint oil boosted the exercise performance within 5 minutes. Hence, peppermint oil can be used to lower physical and muscle pain and soreness.(5)



Can be Used During Fever

Benefits of peppermint essential oil extend beyond combating physical pain. This oil can combat fever by bringing down high body temperatures.


Supplementary Treatment for PCOS

Women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can make use of the hormone balancing properties of peppermint and get relief. It can be a part of the supplementary treatment for PCOS.


Treat UTI

The burning sensation due to urinary tract infections can be controlled and treated with the oil of peppermint. Continuous application of the oil can treat UTI.


Aids Weight Loss, Controls Hunger

Inhaling the aroma of the oil causes a feeling of fullness in the stomach which controls food cravings. The oil can be applied on the abdomen to reduce food cravings.


Immune Power Increased

Immune system of the body is the shield and weapon to fight against diseases. External and internal factors weaken this system over time. The several therapeutic properties of the oil take the pressure off the immune system, thus strengthening it in the long run.


Thicker Hair Oil

Peppermint oil for hair is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of hair oils, conditioners and shampoos. The ingredients in the oil improve the blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth with thicker hair. It is also used as remedy for head lice and dandruff.

Published in December 2014, a report from Ji Young Oh, Min Ah Park & Young Chul Kim concluded that peppermint oil stimulates a fast anagen state supporting hair growth; but, without any side effects.(6)



Better Nails

Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties protect the fingernails from infections and skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. The problem with brittle nails can be treated with its regular use.


Minty Fresh Mouth

This is perhaps the most popular use of peppermint, made famous by mouth freshener advertisements. Gargling with the diluted oil not only gives the mouth its minty fresh aroma, but also eliminates bacteria.


Cancer Research

The compound menthol in the oil is been investigated for antimutagenic properties. It is believed to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.


Calm and Serene Mind

This oil is known to reduce stress and anxiety levels and increase concentration and focus. It is because of its refreshing aroma. Half an hour of aromatherapy with peppermint oil stimulates the brain cells, leading to more positivity and less depression.

17 Uses of Peppermint Essential

To enjoy this oil’s benefits, it all depends on how you choose to use it.

Peppermint Oil For Skin

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1. It Soothes Acne

The oil of Peppermint is loaded with antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which can help with acne. It reduces acne-causing bacteria to treat breakouts. It also is made up of at least 30% menthol which gives it a cooling sensation to soothe angry pimples. One essential oil that can improve acne-prone skin is peppermint.

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2. It Calms Itchy Skin

With its high menthol content, peppermint essential oil works wonders on itchy skin. Dilute it with aloe vera gel or a skin-friendly carrier oil to soothe rashes, redness, dry and irritated skin as well as sunburns.

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3. It Unclogs Pores

While pimples are definitely one of the most frustrating skin conditions, clogged pores can result in blackheads which can be just as noticeable. Peppermint oil can help unclog and decongest your skin, leading to a clearer complexion.

Peppermint Oil For Scalp And Hair

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4. It Reduces Dandruff

Peppermint oil isn’t known as an anti-fungal remedy which is traditionally associated with dandruff treatment. That said, its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties give it a cleansing and clarifying effect to clear away flakey dandruff and prevent build-up which can cause itchy scalp.

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5. It Balances Dry and Oily Scalps

This multi-tasking oil is a relief for most scalp types, creating a balanced environment for a healthier head of hair. Peppermint oil is able to absorb excess oil and at the same time deliver much-needed hydration to moisture-deprived scalps.

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6. It Promotes Hair Growth

If you’re hoping for fuller locks, peppermint oil might be just what you’re looking for. It helps to stimulate and strengthen the hair follicles to reduce hair fall. Peppermint oil can cause circulation and promote hair growth. It can help with hair health and skin

Health benefits of peppermint oil has been used to clear skin and scalp problems, but the oil contains compounds from the leaves of the peppermint plant which are potent for other purposes.

Peppermint Essential oil for Oral Health

7. For gum disease control

Periodontitis and gingivitis are common gum infections that can be treated by using peppermint oil on a regular basis. The oil can be added to toothpaste to avoid infections.

8. It eliminates bad breath

The fragrance of peppermint is perhaps the de facto fragrance when it comes to tackling bad breath issues. Several mouth fresheners make use of peppermint as an ingredient. At home, add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of warm water and gargle with it.

9. Prevents Cavities

Research has found that peppermint oil can cause pathogens and bacteria from the mouth to flee. (7) Taking peppermint oil is among the most common techniques of treating dental issues. The oil first eliminates the bacteria and later bad breath.

10. Firmer teeth

Peppermint has astringent properties and it is used in medicines and toothpastes to constrict the gums. This is used to hold the tooth firmly.

Products with peppermint essential oil help are used in skin care, hair care and oral or dental care.

Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

11. Treating nausea

The soothing aroma of peppermint relaxes the mind. It is an anticonvulsant that relaxes stomach muscles. These properties of the oil help it in treating nausea. Products containing peppermint oil works well in curbing nausea.

12. Relief from Insect bites

Peppermint oil has many variety of use including repelling unwanted tiny guests. Insect and bug bites can be annoying. The soothing effect of the oil on the skin reduces the itching sensation caused by insect bites. Topical peppermint oil is applied to the skin to soothe bug bites. In earlier time peppermint leaves were crushed and applied on the bites for its antiseptic properties.

13. Improved Cognition

When diffused in a room, the aromatic molecules of peppermint activate the limbic system and increase the cognitive powers of the brain, hence improving concentration and memory. Few drops of peppermint essential oil is used for this purpose. Inhaling peppermint oil can also improve retention.

14. Relieves Symptoms of PMS

Some of the symptoms of PMS include fatigue, pain, lack of motivation and dizziness. The invigorating aroma of peppermint is known to lower these symptoms and hence used to get relief from PMS.

15. Pest repellant

Peppermint has menthol and terpene which can drive away pests and mosquitoes. It is better to use natural oil than chemicals to drive away the pesky pests and the smell of peppermint, although appeasing to humans, repels bugs.

16. Relieves muscle pain and cramps

The anti-inflammatory benefits and analgesic properties of the oil offer relief from pain and cramps when topically applied (after dilution). Simply dilute peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and apply on the skin to help relieve pain.

17. Opens up the respiratory tract

Being a decongestant, peppermint oil clears the nose and respiratory tract. Inhaling the aroma or applying the oil topically ensures smooth breathing. The oil is best when blended with tea tree oil and applied on the chest. Generally, the side effects of peppermint oil are less and can be used by anyone; however, the amount of peppermint oil must be taken within recommended levels.

How To Use Peppermint Oil

Take advantage of this oil’s versatility by finding a method that works best for you.

Peppermint Essential Oil In Aroma Diffuser

One of the most popular ways to enjoy peppermint essential oil is by using it with an aroma diffuser. It freshens up the air indoors with its clean and minty scent for better mental focus throughout the day.

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On top of this, inhaling the scent of peppermint can also help you keep colds at bay, thanks to its anti-inflammatory nature which calms irritated nasal passages. It also helps with headaches and migraines.

To use the refreshing peppermint in a diffuser, add a few drops, about 3 to 5 drops per every 100ml of distilled water. Make sure to not go overboard or the scent could end up too overpowering, causing headaches and nausea.

Peppermint Essential Oil In A Bath

If you’re looking to really up your self-care game, you can pamper yourself by adding a few drops of your favorite oils into a nice, relaxing bath. All you need to do is fill up your bath with warm to hot water and add in a few drops of the oil. If you’ve got sensitive skin, we recommend you start with just 6 drops, but you can go up to 8 if sensitivity isn’t a worry for you.

This is one way for you to enjoy the multiple benefits of peppermint oil in one go. The steam from the water will allow you to inhale its refreshing scent while sitting in the bath will also help to rejuvenate your skin as you mentally unwind.

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Peppermint Oil For Nausea, Indigestion And Bloating

Is there anything peppermint oil can’t do?! On top of all the uses we’ve already covered, peppermint oil is also great as easing digestive discomfort.

Inhaling the scent of peppermint is said to reduce the severity of nausea, making it a handy travel companion for all you adventurers out there. And as mentioned earlier, it’s also a welcomed remedy for soon-to-be mommies struggling with morning sickness.

The scent of it also helps to ease common symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, upset stomachs and bloating. We recommend massaging some peppermint oil diluted in a skin-friendly carrier oil (including coconut oil) on your chest and tummy to enjoy the tummy-soothing benefits of this herbaceous oil.

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Peppermint Oil For Headaches And Migraines

Some essential oils are a step above the rest when it comes to relieving throbbing temples, and peppermint oil are one of them. Its high content of menthol is an excellent pain reliever, helping to desensitize pain fibers through the nervous system. Its cooling abilities also help to decrease feelings of pain and relieve tension.

To use peppermint oil for tension headache and migraine relief, you can breathe in its soothing scent. If inhaling it directly is too overpowering, you can also diffuse it. Another method would be to dilute the oil in a skin-friendly carrier oil and gently massage it onto your forehead and temples.

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Peppermint Oil To Repel Bugs/Spiders/Insects/Rats

Keep those creepy crawlies at bay the natural way. Instead of protecting yourself with chemical bug sprays and insect repellents, get your hands on some peppermint oil to ward off common pests.

Though peppermint gets a lot of fame for its signature scent as well as anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint essential oil is also rich with natural pesticides, especially pulegone. This is what makes it a great repellent for mosquitoes, spiders, rodents and more.

To ward off these pests, fill a 16-ounce bottle with water, a little dish soap and about 5 drops of peppermint oil. Give it a good shake and spray it around doors and windows at least once a week for a bug and rodent free home.

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Safety With Peppermint Essential Oil (Or Any Variant)

Essential oils are great for self-care routines. However, we should also take care and follow caution when using them to keep ourselves and loved ones safe from its side effects. Generally essential oils are safe, but a few guidelines must be followed to avoid any side effects. Also, the oils are different, made up of different compounds. Some people may be allergic to certain compounds while others may be allergic to others. Concentrated oil must be bought after careful deliberation. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  1. Read the label and instructions to make sure you’re using the oil correctly.
  2. While buying essential oils be wary of the terms fragrance oil, perfume oil and natural identical oil.
  3. The term pure essential oil can be widely seen on the bottles. These maybe made from substandard sources.
  4. Ensure that you are not allergic to any ingredients or compounds in the oil.
  5. Make sure to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil for safe application.
  6. Do not add too much of the oil in the diffuser.
  7. Avoid using essential oils of sensitive areas like the eyes and nose.
  8. Don’t apply it on broken skin either unless it’s mentioned on the bottle or label.
  9. Keep it out of reach of kids and fur kids.
  10. Do not diffuse the oil near kids and pets. Consult a doctor before doing so.
  11. Some oils may make you sensitive to sun damage, so be sure to load up on SPF.
  12. Check the label to see if the oil is photo-toxic.
  13. Always do a small patch test before topical application.
  14. The common unwanted effects caused by essential oils up on topical application are rashes, redness and swelling.
  15. If you show signs of irritation, stop use and consult a health professional.

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