Primarily known for its widespread use to flavor everything from tea to toothpaste, peppermint is one of the most important and commonly used essential oils. An indigenous plant to Europe, peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal and nutritional application dating back thousands of years to ancient Greece and Rome, where peppermint leaves were used to aid digestive conditions.
Peppermint oil has a calming and numbing effect, thanks to menthol, which makes it quite effective to help alleviate headaches, anxiety related to stress, and skin irritations, in addition to working as a digestive aid.
Uses for Peppermint Oil Around the Home
- Keep ants and spiders out of your home by making a barrier of peppermint oil. Put some oil on a cotton ball and wipe around the areas they are entering your home such as doorways or windows. They won’t cross the barrier.
- Place peppermint oil on cotton balls and leave in strategic areas around your home to deter mice.
- Peppermint oil mixed with tea tree oil and water can make a great disinfectant for things around your home.
- Add some peppermint oil to your Homemade Cleaners to give them a fresh scent and to give them antifungal and antibacterial properties.
- In a spray bottle, mix epsom salts and a few drops of peppermint oil with warm water. Swish around until salts are dissolved. Spray on dogs to help with fleas.
- A few drops of peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle will help kill aphids on plants.
- Place peppermint oil on the tip of a cotton swap and put around the head of a tick to remove it from skin.
Uses for Peppermint Oil for Health and Beauty
- Help bring down nausea or indigestion. Inhale the scent to help stop nausea instantly. For indigestion, rub peppermint oil mixed with carrier oil on your abdomen in a circular pattern.
- Add a few drops to a humidifier to help with colds and congestion.
- Create a natural chest rub by melting Shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in equal amounts with a few drops of peppermint oil to help with congestion.
- Relieve a headache by mixing peppermint oil with a carrier oil and rubbing on your sinus’ or temples. Help relieve a tension headache by also rubbing on the neck.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil into an Olive Oil Candle to help improve alertness and to help relieve stress.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil and lavender oil to a carrier oil to relieve itchy bug bites.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil into a foot bath with epsom salts to help relax tired, worn feet.
- To help motion sickness, rub a small amount that has been diluted with a carrier oil onto the insides of your wrists.
- Create an invigorating bath by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to warm bath water.
- Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil and place on bumps and bruises to help with pain and bring down the bump.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to Homemade Shampoo to help with dandruff.
- Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil to help relieve cramps.
- Inhale the scent of peppermint oil while studying and then before a test to help with brain function and to increase alertness.
- To help relieve a rash, mix a few drops of peppermint oil with some coconut oil and rub into the effected area.
- Peppermint oil can help with hot flashes. Just add a few drops to a spray bottle of cold water and spritz on your body as needed.
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