How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

2 Posted by - September 5, 2013 - Archive

Peppermint essential oil has a strong, clean, and minty aroma. As one of the most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.*

The beneficial effects of Peppermint essential oil have been well documented by science. Jean Valnet, MD, studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch, MD, studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

According to a recent study in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, peppermint oil may have a positive effect on exercise performance. Read our news release to learn more about this study.

Peppermint can also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. We suggest diluting this essential oil with Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex before topical application.

Peppermint Tips from Young Living:

  • Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.*
  • Place 2 drops on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.*

Find more tips from Young Living on how to use Peppermint essential oil here.

Peppermint Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:

“I keep a small spray bottle on my desk at work with peppermint oil and water. When I’m feeling foggy or tired (not often), I spritz a little around my head and in the air over my desk. It’s a good perk up and better than soda or candy!” – Teresa T., Distributor

“Put a drop on your tongue for fresh breath.” – Lou B., Star

“I found out by accident that it is great to remove spruce gum from hair and clothing. The spruce gum just brushes right out.” – Julie L., Distributor

“I love peppermint oil and so do my cats. I put one drop on a cat toy, and one of the cats starts licking it right away.” – Jeannette S., Star

Do you have any tips to share on how to use Peppermint essential oil? If so, please leave a comment.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


  • Mom of four in Florida October 8, 2014 - 6:12 pm Reply

    It’s a natural way to get rid of head lice. You can use it on your pets to keep fleas and ticks away!

  • Jo S. September 21, 2013 - 4:37 pm Reply

    I put a few drops of peppermint in my horse’s watering bucket and my horse loves it and drinks all the water he needs to stay healthy.

  • Peppermint is my new favourite September 9, 2013 - 10:02 pm Reply

    I was going out on a fishing trip this weekend and since I had run out of my normal over-the-counter anti-nausea medication I grabbed my bottle of peppermint instead. When I started to feel woozy, put on a pair of ‘sea-bands’ (stretchy wrist bands that hit a motion sickness pressure point on the underside of each wrist) and put drops of peppermint oil on the pressure points. Also put a drop or two on my tongue and earlobes. Couldn’t believe it but within about two minutes my head cleared and the wooziness subsided. I felt great and without the drowsiness from the ‘other’ medication. I had to reapply a few hours later. Woke up the next day feeling better than I had in weeks. My new go-to essential oil!!

  • Joel-ski in Hockeytown September 6, 2013 - 6:30 pm Reply

    I used it on my head and breathed it in when I was taking the test for the post office about 8 years ago. It helped tremendously. I smelled like a walking candy-cane..

  • Mo September 6, 2013 - 9:54 am Reply

    I use peppermint and thieves in a water bottle – just a couple drops of each and I am ready to tackle the world

  • Compassionate Spirit Therapies September 6, 2013 - 9:33 am Reply

    Whenever I have an empty bottle of peppermint, I put it, uncapped, in my indoor trash receptacle, outside the trash bag. It keeps the trash area smelling fresh and clean – and is killing germs at the same time! It lasts for weeks!

    • Lisa Krznarich, RN September 7, 2013 - 8:23 pm Reply

      Great idea!

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