26 Really Cool Uses and Benefits of Peppermint Oil

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Well cool definitely fits with peppermint oil. You may throw spicy into the mix as well. What uses and benefits can there be with peppermint oil? There seems to be a lot of uses floating on the internet these day. They may be uses you have never thought of and some ot peppermint oil’s benefits may surprise you. Peppermint oil seems to be a popular go to oil in health circles today. We know there has to be some sweetness attached to peppermint oil because peppermint candy is fairly spicy and sweet tasting. Some uses mentioned in this article may or may not be scientifically supported. Some of the uses may be home remedy cures.

Origins Of Peppermint Oil

Origins Of Peppermint Oil

It is suggested that peppermint oil ,which comes from the peppermint plant, is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was discovered in London, England in 1750. The plant’s leaves and stems are loaded with oil and these are the parts of the plant that are used for medicinal properties. Peppermint is widely used in folk medicine and aromatherapy because of its soothing properties. It may be used topically to to relieve muscle tension due to its relaxing and soothing nature. Contrary to the suggestion peppermint was discovered in England in 1750; some claim it has a much older tradition than that. The confusion lies in the fact that peppermint is interchangeably mentioned with spearmint and generic mint. Peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid of mint and spearmint as was mentioned before. Peppermint’s official name is a Mentha piperita) is one of hundreds of species in the genus Mentha which also includes spearmint, water mint and forest mint. According to some sources peppermint has been around for a long time. It has a long history and is said to have been in cultivation since 1500 B.C. when it was used for cooking and herbal medicine. An ancient  Egyptian medical text “Ebers Papyrus” mentions peppermint as being a good healing agent for stomach pain in 1550 B.C. Peppermint is thought to have originated in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Peppermint is also mentioned by Jesus in the book of Luke in the bible. Luke 11:39 “But woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Greek Mythology states that Minthe, was a river nymph in the the Cocytus River (one of the five rivers of Hades). One day Hades was driving his golden chariot and came across Minthe. Hades was about to seduce when his wife persephone caught them. She cast a spell on Minthe turning her into a lowly mint plant that people would walk upon. Supposedly, mint got it’s sweet, pungent smell when Hades softened the spell. He wanted people to remember her sweetness when they walked over her. Peppermint gets its descriptor, piperita, from its particular peppery, pungency  aroma that distinguishes it from other members of the mint family.  

Uses/Benefits of Peppermint Oil

Uses adn Benefits of Peppermint Oil

1. Stomach Sickness

The Oil Can Get Rid of Intestinal Parasites and Worms

Peppermint oil may help with an upset stomach, indigestion, or other tummy upset. This is supposedly done by rubbing one drop of peppermint oil ,diluted with coconut oil, on the affected area. Or if you inhale it is supposed to have the same affect on your stomach ailment. No scientific support to authenticate this use and benefit.

2. Whew your Breath

I Can Smell Your Bad Breath a Block Away

Do you find your breath smelling like a sewer and noone seems to want to come near you? Bad breath has come calling and has come loud and clear. Get some peppermint oil and mix it with water and lemon oil. This will create a crisp and refreshing mouthwash that will last forever leaving the mouth refreshed for hours. This is an emergency fix in case you cannot brush your teeth or you have no mouthwash handy. Say goodbye to bad breath!

3. Short of Breath

Short of Breath

If you find yourself short of breath and congested. If the throat is scratchy and a little achy. You may diffuse some peppermint oil or rub some on the chest using coconut oil as the carrier oil. For what might be almost immediate relief and revitalize the air flow.

4. Cool Joints

 Cool Joints

It is said that peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil (coconut oil is used as a carrier oil) to soothe tired, hot, and achy joints. It may cool like an ice bath around the joints but you stay cool and dry. This is not to say that peppermint oil will cure arthritis because it won’t. Quite frankly this is not a proven benefit or use of peppermint oil.

5. Satisfy your Hunger Pangs

Satisfy your Hunger Pangs

This claim is that peppermint oil will make you feel fuller and faster so the appetite s kept under control. Inhale peppermint oil before or during a meal. This may be a problem if you get sick to your stomach because it is empty. Especially inhaling the peppermint oil before or during a meal. This may cause a stomach upset. This may more of a psychological benefit than anything else.    

6. Calm the Fire in your Feet

Calm the Fire in your Feet

This benefit says that peppermint oil will cool and soothe aching feet. Your feet are tired because you have stood on them all day and you habitually wear hard soles. Add peppermint oil to a cold compress is supposed to work wonders for tired feet.

7. Your Pulsating Headache

peppermint oil will improve circulation, heal the gut, and relax tense muscles

So it is said that peppermint oil will improve circulation, heal the gut, and relax tense muscles. All these factors can cause a tension headache. So, if you rub the peppermint oil on the forehead and temple it will cure the pain. Despite the assertion by a medical professional this cure hasn’t been clinically proven.

8. Energize

Energize

So, peppermint oil is supposed to work like a natural stimulant. If you are up late studying, or out on the town, long drives, or for any other times you are staying up late. Peppermint oil is a refreshing way to perk the system up by just by simply inhaling it. It is  said to be non-stimulating but acts like a stimulant.

9. Wake up

Green Tea Hair Rinse

Have you ever used a hair shampoo/conditioner combination that may have gotten the hair clean but you fell asleep after using it? If you have then peppermint oil may be able to help you. You know no pep, no pop, and no good! So apply some peppermint oil to the hair shampoo and conditioner and it is supposed to wake up the scalp leaving you energized. The oil is supposed to be an antiseptic in nature with the ability to remove dandruff and relieve dry, itchy scalp.

10. The Agony of a Stuffed Nose

Easy Breathing Booster

Your nose is so stuffed you feel like you cannot breath and you will suffocate. Peppermint oil is said to relax the muscles in the body-the same ones that line the airway passage and irritate it. Consume some peppermint oil with lemon and it may clear out your allergies. Again, this may not be a proven scientific method of peppermint oil.

11. This is a Stretch           

This is a Stretch   

Is junior feeling a little unresponsive concerning school and life in general. Pull out the old peppermint oil and sprinkle it on the his shirt or have him inhale some before he jumps into his homework. This is supposed to perk him up and energize him.

12.  I am Tired

Symptoms of Niacin Deficiency

You had a brutal day at work and you are beyond feeling tired. Prepare a bath and add some peppermint oil to the mix. Soak in the peppermint oil bath and the sweet aroma will revitalize you and refresh your body.

13. Cough and Cough so More

Cough and Cough so More

So now if you are coughing and coughing peppermint oil may help. It is said if you inhale peppermint oil it will calm the cough. Or one person suggested sucking on peppermint to calm their cough and they claimed it worked. No clinical evidence to support this claim. The one testimony of the woman says it stopped her cough.

14. Time to Workout

Peppermint oil is said to help put you into an energetic frame

Peppermint oil is said to help put you into an energetic frame of mind to go and have a healthy workout. It’s not known why peppermint oil heightens the senses to motivate one to workout. There is no solid proof that this is a proven benefit or use for peppermint oil.

15. Stop the Snack Craze

Stop the Snack Craze

So if the snack urge hits you hard around mid-morning then whip out the peppermint oil. Take an inhale and the urge for junk food should disappear as quickly as it appeared it is said. So, peppermint oil is supposed to be an appetizer inhibitor.

16.  Dress the Chocolate 

Delicious chocolate, Our Old Good friend (And Enemy)

Whether it be gourmet hot chocolate, mint brownie frosting, peppermint bark, peppermint patties, peppermint brownies, peppermint chocolate Bundt cake, red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese. Peppermint oil will dress up any chocolate dessert. This is a proven benefit and use of peppermint oil!

17.  Confections City

Confections City

Go ahead and pour peppermint oil all over Peppermint chiffon cake, homemade candy canes, butter mints, peppermint ice cream, peppermint glaze over pastries and cookies, homemade peppermint patties. They taste good without peppermint oil but the peppermint oil will add that extra peppermint blast to really make these desserts shine.

18. Liquid Delights

Liquid Delights

Add peppermint oil to the following drinks and really enhance their already hard to beat flavor:Peppermint mocha, peppermint tea, peppermint hot chocolate, that’s right turn these peppermint drinks into family favorites.  

19. Get rid of Those Cobwebs

Get rid of Those Cobwebs

Those days when you feel like you are walking in a perennial haze it is said peppermint oil can heighten the senses. Peppermint oil may blast the sense right out of dull mode it is said. There is no clinical evidence to support this claim. It is said to act like a natural stimulant.

20. Stop Itch dead in its Tracks

Stop Itch dead in its Tracks

Peppermint oil is supposed to act like a moisturizing lotion. If you sunbathe too long and burn your skin so it is as red as a pepper and it hurts like it don’t stop. You could add a drop of peppermint oil to lavender and coconut oil and have a natural moisturizer. Apply it to the burning, itchy skin and it will soothe and relieve your sunburn pain.

21. The Twirling Stomach Feeling

The Twirling Stomach Feeling

The twirling stomach occurs when you just get off a roller coaster ride that flew through its circuit at over 100 m.p.h. You got off the ride with your head spinning and your stomach spinning even faster. It is claimed that if you take a drop of peppermint oil and rub it on the stomach it will calm tense stomach muscles. One person suggested you mix it with coconut oil to help the calming effect. Or you can inhale it for the same effect. In all honesty there is no scientific proof to validate this folklore claim. This could be a real shot in the dark.

22. Masterful Massage    

Massage

This may be a DIY benefit and use. Take some peppermint oil and mix it in with the skin lotion. Massage it into the skin and it will sooth and relax you. There is no scientific proof to support this DIY claim. You may want to try it and see if it soothes your skin and helps you to relax.

23. Tick No More

Tick No More

You find that a tick has chosen your skin for its new home. It may be that peppermint oil and coconut oil mixed together may stop the tick dead in its track. Dip a cotton swab in the oil mixture and drown the tick in it. It will remove its head and you can dig it out of the skin.

24. Bugs Away

Bugs Away

So it is said that ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, mice and cockroaches hate peppermint oil and steer clear of it. So, add peppermint oil to water in a spray bottle and heavily douse the areas you think the critters are habitating in. This is supposed to clear the decks of the above mentioned bugs.

25. Natural Disinfectant

Natural Disinfectant

It is buzzing in the health world that peppermint oil is a very effective cleaning agent. To use it as a cleaning agent add it to a water spray bottle and start spraying away. It is said to clean countertops and bathroom fixtures. It is supposed to make surfaces shine and smell clean. It may have potent antibacterial properties that make it so effective at cleaning.

26. Sweet Sweet Dreams

Do you have trouble sleeping Are you beyond counting sheep

Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you beyond counting sheep? Then count peppermint oil bottles! But it is said that peppermint oil can help you ease into a peaceful sleep. It is suggested that peppermint oil may help activate cold receptors in the skin which will help you relax and it may fight insomnia. The result you will drift into sleep. This has yet to be proven through experimentation. Intensive research may be needed to prove this benefit.

Grand Peppermint Oil Recipe

Grand Peppermint oil Recipe

Pick peppermint leaves that are not bruised and dry them. Crush them lightly until they start to release their natural oils, but don’t break them. Add it to a glass jar, cover with a carrier oil like almond oil. Place it for 24 hrs in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Strain it with a cheesecloth and repeat the process 2-3 times until it reaches the desired strength.

Ingredients:

  • One bunch of peppermint (or how much ever you can gather without hurting your plants growth)
  • Carrier or Base oil (choose a light scented oil like grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, almond oil or cold pressed coconut oil)
  • Mallet or Mortar and Pestle
  • Cheesecloth
  • Airtight glass jar

Instructions:

  • The best time to gather peppermints is before it starts flowering.
  • Harvesting in the morning is best, after the dew has evaporated and the sun is still rising.
  • If you are buying your peppermints, then you can use both the leaves and the stem. However, if you are gathering it from your plant just take the leaves.
  • Pick leaves that are not bruised.
  • Once the leaves are picked, wash them in cold water and let them air dry.
  • Once they are dry, using a mallet or a similar tool gently tap the mint leaves until the natural oils come out. But do not bruise them as they have to be taken from the carrier oil.
  • Place these mint leaves in the jar and pour the carrier oil until the leaves are covered. The ratio depends on how  much you dilute the oil or how strong you want your oil to be.
  • Shake the jar and keep in a warm place but not in sunlight for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, strain the oil and leaves through a muslin or cheesecloth. You can use the mint leaves for composting.
  • Pound the same amount of peppermint leaves and put them in the oil. Shake the jar and leave it for another 24 hours in a warm place out of direct sunlight.
  • Repeat the straining process. You can keep repeating the process of adding new mint leaves and straining it for another 2-3 days until the desired strength is achieved.

Note: Straining is very important, as the oil must be completely free of the plant material from keeping it from getting spoilt. You can double strain it. Pregnant and breastfeeding women or babies should not use it.

Final Thoughts

We have shared some benefits and uses that is peppermint oil is reported to provide. There is no clinical support for a lot of the benefits/uses discussed in this article. If the benefits can be proven then peppermint oil could be a formidable health agent for the human body. But it is suggested that further investigation should be done to prove these benefits and uses are credible.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.