Peppermint Essential Oil Directions for Use
Four Wonderful Uses for Peppermint Oil in your Life!
“Peppermint oil has so many uses that it always impresses me.” - Sohail Kamal
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile oils for health. Here's just a sample of what it can do for you:
- Are you feeling sick? Put two or three drops of peppermint oil in some carrier oil and rub it on your chest. The menthol in the peppermint oil will help soothe your cold. If it's a really bad cold, pour boiling water into a bowl, add some peppermint oil, then place your head over the bowl with a towel over it to trap the steam.
- It can even be used for pest control! Mice, Fleas, Ticks, Ants etc. guide themselves with scent. Put a cotton ball with peppermint oil on it along their path to block there entry to your home and they'll soon disperse. Try it! You could also mix up a spray bottle and spray in the entry spots to your home or around the baseboards to accomplish the same goal.
- If you're trying to cut back on caffeine and you need a pick-me-up, peppermint's strong odor is excellent for perking up the mood. Try it the next time you get a 2 PM lull in energy and you'll see!
- Do you get migraines or headaches? Just the smell of peppermint can be enough to obtain some relief from them. You can smell the bottle directly, or mix 2-5 drops of peppermint oil in a tsp of our AromaOils Castor Oil and rub it on your sore points for soothing relief. Wonderful as an additive to massage oil
How to Get the Best Results When Using Peppermint Oil
“I have to say I love this for the respiratory uses. My girls always have a cough this seems to work wonders. ” - “queenzany”
Here’s how to get the best results from Peppermint oil:
- While some people do put peppermint oil directly on their skin, it's always best to mix it with a carrier oil first such as AromaOils Castor Oil. Direct application of peppermint oil or any other essential oil can trigger a skin sensitivity.
- We do not recommend using our peppermint oil for internal use or for any sort of cooking purpose. Only apply the oil topically or use it in an oil diffuser. Inhaling the oil through steam for a cold is also fine. You can also use a few drops in water as a mouth swish, but do not swallow.
- Peppermint is best used through an oil diffuser or by adding it to a carrier oil and rubbing it on the point of interest. The recommended proportion is 2-5 drops per tsp of carrier oil. Common carrier oils include AromaOils Rosehip Oil, almond, AromaOils Castor Oil, and jojoba.
- As with any essential oil, less is more. Essential oils are highly concentrated. Only use the minimum amount necessary for your desired effect.
FAQ’s About Peppermint Oil
Q: My skin is red/itchy/inflamed after using Peppermint oil!
A: Did you apply it directly to the skin? Next time, try adding it to a carrier oil according to the proportions given earlier. If it still causes irritation, cease use.
Q: I read that Peppermint oil can be used for internal ailments and can be ingested. Is this true?
A: While Peppermint oil is generally considered to be safe according to the FDA, we do not recommend that any of our oils be used for internal purposes. If you are seeking to use peppermint oil as a treatment for IBS, speak with your doctor and a trained herbalist for dosing and appropriate sources of EO for internal use.
Q: Why does your Peppermint oil smell so different from other brands?
A: There are many different species of mint and they all crossbreed quite happily. This can change the scent of a mint significantly.
There are also companies that cut their peppermint oil with a carrier oil, and that can change the scent as well. You should try the paper test with any essential oil you think might be adulterated. Place a couple drops on a piece of paper and wait for a half an hour. There should be no spot left behind after the oil evaporates. If there is, that means that you could have a fragrance oil or that your EO was cut with a carrier oil. Note that some oils like Rose are often cut due to their high expense, but peppermint oil shouldn't fall in that category.