Peppermint essential oil is good for a lot of things, it turns out. But you do have to be careful, which I’ll tell you about in a bit. First, I want to tell you about all the great uses peppermint essential oil is good for (25 of them here). The good Dr. Axe has provided this excellent infographic detailing 25 uses of the oil.
For a quick summary, here are the 25 uses that peppermint essential oil is good for.
- Muscle pain relief
- Sinus care
- Joint therapy
- Reduce hunger cravings
- Natural energizer
- Improves shampoo
- Allergy relief
- ADHD support
- Fever reducer
- Natural bug repellant
- Skin health
- Acne treatment
- Headache cure
- Hair growth
- Sunburn relief
- IBS treatment
- Improve bloating and indigestion
- Freshen breath and reduce cavities
- Reduce nausea
- Respiratory benefits
- Balance hormones
- Cancer treatment
I do have one word of warning. Be very careful when using peppermint on infants under the age of 2. I know that number 23 is teething, but peppermint has been shown to cause seizures in infants and can stop the breathing of infants if given in too strong a dose. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy cautions against the use of undiluted peppermint essential oil on children under the age of 12. Remember, dilute away for safety when using around children.
You can purchase peppermint essential oil from Plant Therapy. They have both a regular version and a certified organic version of the oil. You can check both for quality as this company gives you the third party analysis of the oil on their site. Here are the links. Remember, these are affiliate links. So, by purchasing through these links, you are helping me to keep writing since I may receive a small commission for referring you.
Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.
Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.
For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.
Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
Recommended Essential Oil Brands
Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.
The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these: