Aroma & Sensation
Peppermint essential oil is like a kick of freshness to the face–in the absolute best way possible. The familiar aroma of mint is bright and slightly sweet.
When applied directly to clean skin, peppermint oil provides an instant cooling sensation. It’s kind of like the cool feeling you get when you apply Vick’s vapor rub without the gross smell and thick texture. The coolness of peppermint oil radiates across the point of application to the surrounding skin. It’s pretty impressive!
The combination of a smell and sensation is why most people feel more alert and refreshed after using peppermint oil.
Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
The benefits of peppermint essential oil can be experienced internally and externally. I’ve noted which benefits I’ve experienced personally so far (after one month of use).
- Boosts your energy when you’re feeling fatigued or sleepy.
- I use it after lunch when my food coma sets in.
- Promotes digestive health by reducing bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.
- I’m battling low stomach acid issues so I often add a drop of peppermint to my beverage in the mornings or afternoons. I haven’t noticed as much stomach discomfort throughout the day.
- Freshens breath.
- Tried and true! Every toothpaste company in America seems to agree.
- Promotes healthy respiratory function.
- When I’ve felt congested in the mornings, inhaling peppermint’s aroma has helped to open my sinus passages.
- Helps to cool your body when you’re feeling overheated, especially when complemented with a cold compress or you add 3-4 drops to a foot bath.
- I’m rarely overheated so I haven’t tried this, but a coworker has and she loves it.
- Serves as a natural bug repellant.
- Not yet tested but I’ll let you know after my next camping trip!
Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
I enjoy peppermint oil because it’s so easy to use. You don’t need to dilute it (although you certainly can) and there are many other applications.
Add a few drops of oil to a diffuser to energize and invigorate your body without the side effects caused by stimulants and sugars.
No diffuser? Add a few drops to the palm of one hand and rub your palms together. Cup your hands and inhale gently. I rarely do this in public because huffing oils just seems weird. On second thought, I don’t know if huffing oils privately sounds any better. Who cares. Sniff the oils and get a boost!
Add a drop or two of oil into your hands. Then rub your hands on the back of your neck and temples for a quick pick-me-up. People prefer these areas because your body heat intensifies the aroma. You can actually apply the essential oil anywhere and it will be absorbed through your skin. The skin is great at absorbing fat-soluble substances like oils.
Dispense a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples, neck, wrists, and feet when you’re feeling overheated.
Add 1 drop per 4 oz. to your teas, water, and smoothies to promote digestive health.
Add 1 drop per 4 oz. to your favorite carrier oil (like sweet almond or fractionated coconut oil). Rub it onto your skin to create a natural bug repellant. This is effective, but it is not a miracle. It’s great for the casual backyard barbecue. Don’t go flyfishing in your bikini in West Nile-prone areas. Be smart.
As with any essential oil, these claims are not endorsed by the FDA. No surprise there, because essential oils aren’t drugs and the FDA only approves drugs for medicinal uses. Nope, essential oils aren’t drugs and that’s precisely why I prefer them for everyday use!