Peppermint oil, like other essential oil, is used in alternative medicine for its great therapeutic potential. Since peppermint oil on its own is intense, it is usually diluted with almond or jojoba oil before direct application on skin. It is recommended to consult your doctor before trying any essential oil for the first time and check if you have an allergic reaction to it. When you know it is okay to use peppermint oil, get ready to experience its astonishing benefits.
12. Natural Insect Repellent
Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of peppermint oil to it to make an effective pest repellent. You can use the spray in corners where you see ants or spiders and they would escape as they hate peppermint. This spray doesn’t have a long-term effect, so you have to reapply it every now and then.
11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment
If you suffer from IBS, you can find capsules of peppermint oil designated to relieve IBS helpful. Rubbing the oil around the belly button area is also a helpful natural treatment for this condition.
10. Cooling Fever
Peppermint oil works as a natural treatment of fever because of its cooling properties. It is especially helpful for children. Apply a mixture of peppermint oil and coconut oil beneath the feet and on the neck of a fevered child to cool down.
9. Relieve Muscle Pain
The anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spasmodic effects of peppermint oil make it a wonderful mean to ease muscle cramp causing spasms and reduce muscle inflammation and pain.
By providing an aromatic scent, peppermint can take you away from anxiety, over thinking and stress. For the relief of stiffness, add drops of peppermint oil, geranium oil and lavender oil to your lukewarm bath and you will enjoy a relaxing sensation as the oils penetrate your skin.
7. Soothing Nausea
Massage a couple drops of peppermint oil behind your ears to stop nausea and help with other stomach problems. Diffusing peppermint can also be helpful.
6. Defy Dandruff
If you used an anti-dandruff shampoo, you have probably noticed its chilling refreshing property. This property is due to peppermint oil which is added for its antibacterial and antiseptic effects. You can add a few drops of the oil to your shampoo to enjoy a dandruff free scalp.
5. Curing Acne
The formerly mentioned antibacterial property of peppermint makes it an amazing natural cure for acne. Target each pimple by dabbing it with a cotton swab that has been saturated with the oil.
Restore your energy levels throughout the day without caffeine by with the smell of refreshing peppermint diffusion or by massaging its oil behind your neck and on your shoulders. Breathing in the smell of peppermint oil while exercising improves your mood and make you feel less tired. Apart from physical exercise, this oil can also boost your mental concentration make you perform more accurately.
3. Reduce Allergy
Diffuse peppermint oil with eucalyptus and clove oils to reduce symptoms of allergy as this diffusion helps by relaxing the muscles inside your nose.
2. Eliminate Itchiness
Itching is a terrible sensation, but thanks to the healing properties of peppermint, whether your itchiness is caused by an insect bite or contact of poison ivy, you can get rid of it by rubbing it with a mix of peppermint and lavender essential oils.
1. Relieving Headaches
Some headaches can be relieved with peppermint oil instead of using pain killers that can have negative side effects. You can either apply the oil on your forehead and temples or putting the oil on your wrist or a cloth to breathe its vapor to relieve your headache.