Therapeutic Properties- Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti carcinogenic, Anti Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Invigorating.
Alertness- wake up your senses first thing in the morning or during the mid-day slump by using it aromatically or topically.
Antioxidant- Great for immunity, you can use it aromatically, topically or probably best yet, find empty capsules, add one drop of peppermint and create your own peppermint oil capsules. Or add a drop to a large glass of water.
Asthma- May help open the airways when used aromatically or by rubbing a single drop onto the chest.
Autism- Some parents have found it helps autistic kids balance strong emotions and increase positive feelings when used topically. Dilute one drop in 1-2 TB of coconut oil and dab a little on the chest. Avoid getting anywhere near the eyes.
Bacterial Infections- May help fight off infections when applied over the infection. Be sure you know your own skin sensitivity before apply to already sensitive skin.
Bell's Palsy- Peppermint has been shown to be supportive and regenerative of the nervous system when used topically and aromatically.
Brain Injury- Because of the links oil of peppermint has shown to the nervous system, it's also thought to be helpful with brain injuries when diffused or used topically.
Chronic Fatigue- Peppermint is uplifting and invigorating and will aid in increasing energy levels and alertness. Diffuse through the room or apply to the skin.
Cold Sores- Because of the antiviral properties (described above), oil of peppermint can be dabbed directly onto a cold sore. Only a small amount is needed!
Common Polyps- Use topically (which will allow the oil to be absorbed into the blood stream faster) or take internally, such as in self-made peppermint oil capsules.
Congestion- It's incredible at clearing the sinuses and breaking up phlegm. Inhaling from the bottle, diffusing through the room, using topically or even gargling in warm salty water for sinus drainage causing congestion in the throat.
Constipation- Dilute 1 drop of peppermint in a small dollop of carrier oil and massage the abdomen in a slow, clockwise motion.
Cooling to the body- Rub a small drop or dilute it in oil, or even a small spritz bottle to cool the body down during hot weather. Avoid close proximity with the eyes though!
Cramps- Massage the oil into the muscle with or without a carrier oil, depending on your own skin sensitivity.
Crohn's Disease- massage into the abdomen for faster absorption to your blood stream.
Diarrhea- apply topically to the abdomen in a counterclockwise direction to soothe the digestive system and help fight any infection with its anti-everything properties.
Dysmenorrhea (Pain during menstruation)- Gently massage oil of peppermint over areas of pain.
Endurance- Because peppermint oil uses for invigoration, using it aromatically may also increase endurance, alertness and increased body (and thus body) function.
Fainting- Peppermint may help revive anyone who has fainted with its strong (even eye-watering) aroma. Just hold the bottle under your nose and you'll see why.
Fever- Because of its antiviral, antibacterial and more properties, using this oil aromatically and internally is beneficial. The cooling affect it has may also help keep the fever from climbing too high.
Flu- Antiviral and antibacterial, its good for the immune system and can be used any way you'd like.
Gamma Radiation Exposure- No joke. Research published in 2004 by the Journal of Radiation Research found that it was possible to reverse the declines of critical antioxidants and enzymes in the liver and reduced oxidation in the tissues with peppermint oil. Uses include topically and internally.
Gastritis- Peppermint oil uses are best known for their soothing the digestive tracts and can be used topically and internally for gastritis.
Halitosis- The best way to use peppermint here is by adding a drop to your toothbrush or digesting a drop in a glass of water.
Headaches- use just a tiny dab over the source of the pain, being careful to avoid the eyes, or use aromatically through the room with a diffuser.
Heartburn- use topically for heartburn by rubbing it into the chest.
Heatstroke- Rub topically on the back of the neck as soon as heatstroke may be a concern.
Hernia (Hiatal)- use topically over the site of any hernia.
Herpes Simplex- Apply topically (diluting according to your own sensitivity) to any outbreaks for the antiviral effects.
Hives- Can decrease itching when applied topically to the site. I recommend diluting 1 drop of oil in 1-2 tsp of coconut oil to soothe the skin.
Hot Flashes- Peppermint oil uses include a wonderful cooling affect. Use topically or adding to a spritz bottle, avoiding contact with eyes.
Huntington's Disease- Peppermint oil is supportive and may be regenerative to the nervous system. Diffuse aromatically or use topically and frequently.
Hypothyroidism- you can use peppermint topically or aromatically to support a healthy thyroid function.
Indigestion- Soothe the digestive system by taking oil of peppermint internally, massaging into reflex points and over abdomen in a clockwise direction or diffusing in the air.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome- add 1 drop of oil to each glass of water you drink throughout the day. You may also massage it into reflex points or over the stomach.
Itching- Peppermint oil uses include soothing itching skin. I'd recommend diluting it in a small amount of coconut oil and gently massaging it into the affected areas.
Jet Lag- Rub into the soles of your feet for invigoration and grounding.
Lactation (Decreasing Milk Supply)- Massage a small diluted amount into the breast 1-2 times a day.
Memory- Oil of peppermint is mental stimulating. Use while you're studying or working on stressful projects to increase mental processes.
Migraines- Massaging a small amount over the areas of pain can increase blood flow and relieve pain with its analgesic properties. You can also diffuse it through the room if the aroma is too strong otherwise.
Motion Sickness- Add a drop to car seats or on a small cloth to rest on the dashboard for driving. Add a drop to shirt collars or hankies for boats, planes, etc.
MRSA- This staph infection is known to not respond to antibiotics, but applied topically peppermint oil's antibacterial properties can help fight infection.
Multiple Sclerosis- This central nervous system disease can benefit from the regenerative properties of peppermint when applied topically and inhaled aromatically.
Muscle Aches- Massage oil of peppermint into aching muscles for a cooling, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving affect.
Myelin Sheath- Peppermint oil uses include aromatic benefits, but massaging the oil into the area of concern can promote proper function, and maybe even healing.
Nausea- Use in the same manner described above for motion sickness.
Osteoporosis- Massage into the areas of concern for relief of pain and inflammation.
Paralysis- Gently massage topically and or use aromatically to support and heal the nervous system.
Rhinitis- Decrease inflammation, clear the sinuses, open airways and and soothe irritation by inhaling oil of peppermint or massaging a very small amount around the sinuses, careful to avoid the eyes.
Scabies- Relieve itching and promote healing by gently massaging diluted peppermint oil into the affected area.
Sciatica- Massage the oil over the hips, starting from the center of the sacrum and moving outward.
Sense of Smell (Loss)- Peppermint is incredibly invigorating to the senses. Inhale directly from the bottle, or diffuse through the room.
Shock- Wakes up the senses and invigorates the mind. Diffuse or inhale directly or massage into the chest, shoulders and neck.
Sinusitis- Inhale directly, or massage a very small amount over the sinuses.
Surgical Wounds- Dilute with water and spritz over wounds as they heal to prevent infection an soothe any itching.
Swollen Eyes- Dilute and apply very carefully to the tissues around the eye, but avoid direct contact within the eye.
Tennis Elbow- Massage oil of peppermint into the tendons around the elbow to decrease inflammation and relieve pain.
Throat Infection- You can diffuse, but the most potent peppermint oil uses include massaging a drop into the throat and chest, gargling with warm salt water and adding a drop to each glass of water throughout the day.
Ticks- Drop 1 drop on the tick and wait a few minutes. The tick will eithr back out or fall off easily. Use lavender essential oil on the tick bite to fight infection.
Typhoid- Diffuse aromatically, use in homemade cleaning solutions, massage it into feet and consume in water or peppermint oil capsules to fight infection.
Ulcer (Gastric)- This has been my husband's favorite of peppermint oil uses. He religiously adds a drop to all his water and has found great relief. It can also be massaged into the stomach to be quickly absorbed into the blood stream.
Varicose Veins- Very gently massage peppermint oil with lemon, lemongrass and cypress starting from the lower legs up (always toward the heart) 1-2 times a day.
Vomiting- Take oil of peppermint internally with water or honey, or diffuse or inhale until it can be taken internally.
Other possible peppermint oil uses include- soothing colic, freshening breath, easing gas, and all manner of digestive problems, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, menstrual irregularity, depression, anger, physical or mental fatigue, food poisoning, hysteria, liver problems, nervous system conditions, elevating senses, toothaches, tuberculosis, poison ivy/oak and cooking.
Precautions- Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Be aware that peppermint can also affect the eyes even when the oil is near but not in the eye. Use with caution if you're pregnant or nursing as oil of peppermint can decrease lactation (if this occurs try fennel essential oil to increase).
DISCLAIMER: The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe.