As a busy mom that’s trying to balance every area of my life, I know how hard it can be to keep your kids and pets healthy and happy. A bottle of peppermint oil is one product that I have to keep on hand at all times because it helps with everything from muscle aches and upset stomachs to bacterial infections and stress relief.

I want to share some of these proven benefits and uses of peppermint essential oil with you so you can see how one bottle can save you money by replacing several medicinal, cleaning, and beauty products.

Six Major Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

1. Peppermint Oil Helps Ensure Healthy Digestion

It’s a fact of life that kids seem to catch every bug that goes around their circle of friends or at their school. This can lead to nausea, upset stomach, or throwing up. Additionally, the medications they get to treat it can cause constipation or bloat. This can result in a miserable kid that probably won’t want to take any more medicine.

Peppermint oil can help to decrease the level of nausea and bloating you feel either from getting sick or from an antibiotic side effect. (1) It’s loaded with carminative properties, and these properties will work to get rid of any excess gas in your stomach. These properties also help to relax your gastrointestinal tract’s muscles. In turn, this can ease the symptoms of constipation. (2)

You can make a warm tea that is infused with a few drops of peppermint oil for a nighttime drink. Warm up your water, add one to three drops of peppermint oil, and drink it.

2. Peppermint Oil Can Relieve Sore Muscles

Do your muscles ache when you finally manage to sit down at night? Chasing your kids and pets around all day can be hard on your muscles. Peppermint oil is a natural muscle relaxant, and it has antidepressant properties. (3) This is great news for busy parents who have achy backs, shoulders, necks, or arms. It’s also great for people who have Fibromyalgia and want relief from the common symptoms. (4)

You can make a simple lotion to rub into your skin to help with your sore muscles. Take your favorite carrier oil and measure out one-quarter of a cup. This can be coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, or whatever one you choose. Put it in a double boiler or in a small bowl in hot water. You can add up to 10 drops of peppermint oil when the carrier oil is melted. Let it cool for one hour before you rub it into your sore spots.

3. Peppermint Oil is an Effective Cleaning Agent

Peppermint oil can act as an antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. Studies tested the effectiveness of peppermint oil against 22 different strains of bacteria. The peppermint oil killed all 22 different bacteria strains by the end of the study. (5)

These properties make it a very effective cleaning agent, especially during cold and flu season if you have kids. (6) You can make your own cleaner quickly and easily. It’s safe to use on all surfaces as well. To start, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 16 oz Spray Bottle
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 15 to 20 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Water

Combine the quarter-cup of white vinegar with the 15 to 20 drops of peppermint oil. Pour this mixture into your spray bottle. Fill the remaining space with water, and you’re ready to clean with it.

4. Peppermint Oil Fights Stress

With all of your tasks that you set out to accomplish each day, it’s only natural that you’d feel stressed out. From picking up the kids, taking them to their activities, and trying to get supper on the table, stress is a part of life. Research and studies have proven that peppermint oil is an effective stress reliever. (7)

You can use peppermint oil as a stress reliever in several ways. If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can add three to five drops of peppermint oil and let it diffuse into your room. Putting this diffuser in your bedroom can help you relax before bed. (8)

You can also combine three drops of peppermint oil with a cup of Epson Salts and put it in your bath once or twice a week. You’ll get the aromatherapy benefits as well as the muscle relaxing benefits that comes with this oil.

5. Peppermint Oil Clears up Your Skin

Do you have frequent breakouts or acne that just won’t go away? Peppermint oil can help to clear up your skin by killing the bacteria and stripping away any excess oils with its antimicrobial properties. (9) This can lead to less frequent breakouts, a reduction in the amount of acne present, and healthier, glowing skin.

You can make an effective but gentle face wash without the typical harsh ingredients by combining:

  • 1 Tablespoon of Carrier Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 20 Drops of Peppermint Oil

Blend all of these ingredients together and store them in a cool and dry place. You can use it every morning or every few days. The peppermint oil and the honey will kill the bacteria and revitalize your skin. (10)

6. Peppermint Oil Can Soothe Rashes and Insect Bites

Summertime brings out insects and plants that can give your bites and rashes. Peppermint oil is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as a natural insect repellent. (11) This means that it can help soothe insect bites and it can help to prevent more from happening. Additionally, you can use peppermint oil to help reduce any itching that may come with poison ivy, oak, sumac, and hives as well because it has antihistamine properties. (12)

You can make a simple bug repellent by mixing 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil into 8 to 12 ounces of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray your kids before they go outside. You can also spray around any sitting areas outside to keep the bugs away.

My Peppermint Essential Oil Experience

As I mentioned earlier, I routinely use peppermint oil in my everyday life. I love having a 16-ounce bottle of peppermint cleaning solution on hand all of the time, but especially during cold and flu season. I add a half of a cup of white vinegar with 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil in the spray bottle and fill the rest up with water. You’re ready to wipe down all of your surfaces once you shake it up.

My kids used to get upset stomach a lot, mainly when they were younger. I like to make them a tea using a few drops of peppermint oil, a tablespoon of honey, and warm water. They’d drink this tea, and it would help to settle their stomachs. Their nausea would go away, and they’d feel less bloated. I’d feel better as a mom when the kids started to feel better and get back to their usual selves.

I was nervous that the peppermint oils would be too harsh on my skin the first time I used it to wash my face. It might have been if I didn’t dilute it with my carrier oil or water first because it’s a potent essential oil. I wouldn’t recommend putting full-strength peppermint oil on your skin. I diluted two drops of peppermint oil with 10 or 12 drops of water before I put it on my face.

One of my favorite uses for peppermint oil is a stress reliever. Trying to keep up with all of my kids and their activities along with work can be stressful. I love taking a bath once or twice a week with a cup of Epsom Salts and a few drops of peppermint oil. The smell rises into the air and sinks into my skin for total body relaxation.

Three Recommended Peppermint Essential Oil Products

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Aromatherapy is a great way to relax, focus, and lower your stress levels. A peppermint oil aromatherapy mist gives you all of the benefits of aromatherapy simply by lightly misting around your home or designated area.

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I like to use it as a body mist as by holding it around six inches from my body and spraying it lightly. This is a strong oil, so a little bit goes a long way, and I get the aromatherapy benefits all day long.

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2. Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

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Having a bottle of pure peppermint oil on hand lets me use it in several different areas of my everyday life. The Pure Peppermint Oil 4 Ounce by Eve Hansen comes in a glass bottle with a dropper that makes it easy for me to measure out how many drops of peppermint oil I need.

I can add it to my face wash, into my carrier oil for a muscle relaxant, or around my door and entryways for an insect and rodent repellent. You get 100 percent pure peppermint oil with no additives, dyes, or fillers. It’s steam distilled and unfiltered, so you know you’re getting a high-quality oil.

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For sore muscles or for stress relief, it’s easy and convenient to use Peppermint Oil Roll On products. This 10mL bottle comes diluted by 100 percent pure coconut oil and ready to be used topically. I like to add a small amount to my wrists for aromatherapy and to my temples to help relieve headache pain.

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Caution of Peppermint Essential Oil

  • This essential oil isn’t recommended for people who are pregnant or nursing due to how potent it is.
  • Peppermint oil should be diluted before you use it topically with a ratio of 80 percent carrier oil and 20 percent essential oil.
  • You shouldn’t use peppermint oil on children under two to three years old.
  • Never user peppermint oil on or around your cat. It’s toxic if they ingest it.
  • Test a small area of your skin before you apply the peppermint oil because it can cause contact dermatitis in sensitive skin.
  • Store your peppermint essential oil out of the direct sunlight in a cool and dry place
  • Make sure that you’re using 100 percent pure, organic, and premium-grade essential oil.

The bottom line

Did you enjoy our list of the six proven benefits and uses of peppermint essential oil? Did your favorite use for peppermint essential oil make our list? Perhaps you don’t see it. Research and studies have proven these peppermint oil benefits, and this makes me feel confident to use it around my family for everything from medicinal and beauty uses to a powerful cleaning agent. Please leave a comment below if you have additional ways that you use peppermint essential oil.