Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, & Recipes

Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the most versatile and popular essential oils out there due to its incredible benefits and its minty-fresh aroma. Not only is it widely used for aromatherapy, but it is also frequently incorporated into various homemade beauty products and cleaning solutions. 

The benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil are truly impressive. Whether you’re looking to soothe your mind, support your health, or enhance your home, Peppermint Essential Oil is definitely worth trying out. Time to get creative! The possibilities are endless!

What is Peppermint Essential Oil?

Peppermint Essential Oil is a powerful and highly concentrated oil that is extracted from the leaves and stems of the peppermint plant. This herbaceous perennial plant is part of the Lamiaceae family and is native to Europe and the Middle East. Today, it is grown all over the world for its countless benefits. From its distinct cooling sensation to its refreshing scent, Peppermint Essential Oil instantly became a popular choice among essential oil enthusiasts. The oil is commonly used to support digestive health, relieve muscle soreness, and promote clear breathing.

Peppermint Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Supports Respiration

Peppermint Essential Oil has been found to support respiration. A recent study1 supports what many have known for years: Peppermint Essential Oil is an effective symptomatic treatment for coughs and colds.

Eases Seasonal Discomfort

Peppermint Essential Oil is a must-have for those looking to soothe seasonal discomfort. Not only is it a natural decongestant2, but its powerful cooling effect also helps to soothe airways and clear congestion, making it an ideal remedy for those suffering from colds, flu, and allergies. 


Peppermint Essential Oil has the ability to energize the mind and body. Research3 has shown that inhaling a mixture of essential oils (including peppermint) can ease fatigue and boost alertness. Its refreshing scent can provide an instant pick-me-up, making it a great choice for anyone who needs a natural energy boost.

Soothes Head Discomfort

A study4 found that Peppermint Essential Oil can help soothe head discomfort and is even effective in easing tension-type headaches. If you’re tired of relying on conventional medication, try incorporating Peppermint Essential Oil into your treatment routine and experience its impressive benefits for yourself.

Aids Digestion

One of the most notable benefits of Peppermint Oil is its ability to aid digestion. This is due to its various mechanisms of action, including smooth muscle relaxation, anti-microbial effects, and anti-inflammatory activity. Peppermint Essential Oil is particularly effective in easing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, and nausea, according to one study5.

Lengthens Hair

A recent study6 revealed that Peppermint Essential Oil has notable hair growth effects, making it an excellent addition to your hair care routine. Add a couple drops to your shampoo and experience the magic!



All-Natural Personal Care Recipe

With Peppermint Essential Oil’s refreshing and invigorating scent, Peppermint Oil is perfect for incorporating into your bath or other personal care recipes. Not only does it leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized, but it also has therapeutic effects on the body and mind. Its natural properties make it an ideal ingredient for all-natural personal care recipes that bring out the best in your skin and hair.

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

Incorporating Peppermint Essential Oil into your cleaning routine can make all the difference in your home. With its fresh and invigorating scent, it’s sure to liven up any space. Not only does this oil have a pleasant fragrance, but its energizing effects will make you enjoy cleaning more than ever before.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

One of the most popular ways to utilize Peppermint Essential Oil is by diffusing it into the air. The invigorating and refreshing aroma of peppermint has been known to increase alertness and mental clarity, making it a great addition to your workspace. Additionally, Peppermint Essential Oil has powerful respiratory benefits, helping to promote easier breathing.

Roll-On Recipes

Whether you’re dealing with a pesky tension headache, a troublesome case of indigestion, or a nagging cold, Peppermint Essential Oil has got you covered. And with the convenience of essential oil roll-on recipes, you can always have this powerhouse in your pocket, ready to provide a quick energy boost or instant relief.

Other Aromatherapy Recipes

As you’ve probably gathered by now, peppermint oil is a versatile oil that’s a must-have for any aromatherapy lover. Its minty, invigorating scent is an instant mood booster, and its uses are endless. You can incorporate it into your favorite candle, potpourri, or other aromatic recipes and enjoy its benefits everywhere you go. 

Blends Well With

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

The sharp, minty, sweet aroma of Peppermint Essential Oil blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Cedarwood (Atlas or Himalayan), Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Thyme Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

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Energy Blend

Aroma: Fresh & Invigorating

Are you feeling a little sluggish lately? If so, the Simply Earth Energy Essential Oil Blend might just be what you need to get your pep back in your step. This incredibly refreshing blend utilizes peppermint oil for maximum energizing properties. 

Check out Energy Essential Oil Roll-On whether you need an extra boost to start your day or get through that mid-afternoon slump.

Relief Blend

Aroma: Herbaceous

Simply Earth has created a Relief Essential Oil Blend that harnesses the power of peppermint and other essential oils to soothe occasional discomfort.

For easy, safe, and targeted application, use Relief Essential Oil Roll-On; a pre-diluted version of this amazing blend.

Peppermint Essential Oil History

Peppermint Essential Oil has a rich and diverse history that spans thousands of years. While it is often associated with European folk medicine, it was also documented in ancient Japanese and Chinese medicinal practices. Interestingly, traces of peppermint have even been discovered in Egyptian Pyramids that date back to before 1000 B.C.

With such a long-standing history, it’s no wonder that Peppermint Essential Oil is still widely used today to promote relaxation and alleviate a variety of health concerns.

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

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Menthol is an organic compound obtained from the oils of corn mint, peppermint, or other mints. It has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities, and it is widely used to relieve minor throat irritation.


Menthone is a monoterpene with a minty flavor that occurs naturally in a number of essential oils. It is used in flavoring, perfume, and cosmetics for its characteristic aromatic and minty odor.

Menthyl Acetate

Menthyl acetate is a natural monoterpene that contributes to the smell and flavor of peppermint. It is widely used in perfumes and flavors and as a flavoring agent and herbal remedy. 

What Earthies Are Saying About It

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Simply Earth’s Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil has become increasingly popular in recent years. Simply Earth offers a pure, affordable, and top-quality option for those looking to reap the benefits of this refreshing oil. With Simply Earth’s high standard for quality and purity, you can feel confident using this essential oil in your everyday life.


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  2. Ali, B., Al-Wabel, N. A., Shams, S., Ahamad, A., Khan, S. A., & Anwar, F. Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review. 2015 Aug
  3. Li Z, Wu F, Shao H, Zhang Y, Fan A, Li F. Does the Fragrance of Essential Oils Alleviate the Fatigue Induced by Exercise? A Biochemical Indicator Test in Rats. 2017
  4. Göbel H, Heinze A, Heinze-Kuhn K, Göbel A, Göbel C. Oleum menthae piperitae (Pfefferminzöl) in der Akuttherapie des Kopfschmerzes vom Spannungstyp [Peppermint oil in the acute treatment of tension-type headache]. 2016 Jun
  5. Chumpitazi BP, Kearns GL, Shulman RJ. Review article: the physiological effects and safety of peppermint oil and its efficacy in irritable bowel syndrome and other functional disorders. 2018 Mar
  6. Oh JY, Park MA, Kim YC. Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs. 2014 Dec