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9 of the Best Ways to Use Peppermint Oil!

by Janice FERGUSON on Mar 08, 2021

9 of the Best Ways to Use Peppermint Oil!

Peppermint oil is one of the world’s most versatile oils! From improving digestion and concentration to relieving sunburn and repelling insects, this powerful oil is incredibly handy to keep around the house.

Want some creative ideas for using peppermint oil in your daily life? Keep reading as we share 9 of the best ways to use peppermint oil below.

Peppermint oil as a mental stimulant

Looking for a morning pick-me up? Instead of turning to caffeine or energy drinks, try peppermint oil as a natural alternative!

With a fresh, invigorating scent, peppermint oil is widely renowned for boosting mental clarity and improving focus and concentration.

How to use: Simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to your essential oil diffuser, or straight onto the shower floor as you take your morning shower. You can also inhale the oil directly from the bottle throughout the day as needed.

Peppermint oil for pain relief

Suffering from sore, aching muscles or frequent headaches? Peppermint oil contains menthol which can help to relax sore muscles and ease headache pain.

How to use: For sore muscles, create your own DIY muscle rub by mixing ½ cup of coconut oil with 20 drops of peppermint oil, and massage gently into the affected areas. For headaches, add 1 drop of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of your chosen carrier oil and rub gently into your temples and across your forehead.

Peppermint oil for digestion

Peppermint oil is thought to assist with improving digestive issues like gas, cramps, constipation and bloating. The oil acts as an “antispasmodic” and relaxes the muscles in the bowel and intestine. The naturally cooling sensation of peppermint oil may also help to soothe stomach pain and relieve discomfort.

How to use: Mix a couple of drops of peppermint oil with your chosen carrier oil and massage gently into your abdomen while inhaling the aroma.

Peppermint oil for bad breath

Peppermint oil is naturally antibacterial, making it a great remedy to combat bad breath caused by bacteria buildup!

How to use: Put a single drop of peppermint oil on your tongue, or add a drop to your morning glass of water.

Peppermint oil for sunburn relief

Dealing with a painful sunburn? The cooling and antimicrobial properties of peppermint oil may help to relieve redness, soothe pain and speed up the healing process. 

How to use: Mix 1-2 drops of peppermint oil and lavender oil with your chosen carrier oil and massage gently into the affected areas. Reapply as needed.

Peppermint oil for DIY body scrubs

Fight dryness and invigorate tired skin with a peppermint oil body scrub! This DIY scrub will help you buff away dead skin, while the refreshing scent of peppermint will leave you feeling uplifted and energised.

How to use: Mix 3 cups of fine Himalayan salt with 1 cup of sweet almond oil and 10 drops of peppermint oil. Store in an airtight container and use as a natural exfoliant in the shower.

Peppermint oil for DIY insect repellent

Did you know peppermint oil is actually a natural repellent for some of the most common creepy crawlies around the home? The strong scent of peppermint oil can help you keep ants, mice, spiders and mosquitoes at bay. 

How to use: Add a few drops of peppermint oil to some cotton balls and place them around the house and on the windowsills in the areas where you commonly experience pest issues.

Peppermint oil for hair treatments

Peppermint oil has been known to stimulate hair growth, nourish dry hair, and even prevent hair loss! This versatile oil is also antibacterial and antifungal to help support a healthy scalp.

How to use: Simply add a drop of peppermint oil to your everyday shampoo to encourage hair growth, or create a nourishing hair mask by mixing 5 drops of peppermint oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to dry hair, leave for 15 minutes, and shampoo as normal.

Peppermint oil for desserts 

Add an authentic peppermint taste and a fresh burst of flavour to your desserts with peppermint oil! 

How to use: Add a small drop of peppermint oil to enhance the flavour of ice creams, smoothies, brownies, fudge and other desserts. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly!

You can shop high-quality peppermint oil online right here at Inspire Me Naturally, along with a range of essential oil diffusers and essential oil accessories.

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