The awakening and festive scent of peppermint essential oil is not only able to focus the senses, but it also has several health and cosmetic benefits. These benefits are backed by numerous scientific studies. As a long-time skeptic of essential oils, for a while I missed out not only on the amazing aroma of peppermint oil, but also on the numerous health and beauty benefits. Now, peppermint oil ranks very high on my favorite essential oil list, and I want to share why.

My favorite benefits of peppermint essential oil include:

1. Reduces Headaches

When combined with ethanol, peppermint essential oil has been proven to alleviate pain associated with headaches. Simply apply the combination to your forehead and temples to experience headache relief. Peppermint spirits contain alcohol and peppermint oil already, so there is no need to combine them yourself if you purchase a product like this. {1}


2. Removes Acne

Studies have shown that peppermint essential oil, along with other essential oils, contains antimicrobial properties. This makes it an effective home acne treatment when applied topically with a carrier oil. {2}

3. Freshens Breath

Peppermint is widely used in mouthwashes and toothpastes to freshen breath, and peppermint essential oil can have the same fresh effect. One study found that peppermint oil is more effective at killing oral pathogens than eugenol oil, which is widely used in dentistry. Simply place one drop of peppermint oil under your tongue, and drink a glass of water. {3}

4. Relieves Sore Muscles and Joints


Topical application of peppermint oil has been proven to relieve pain associated with sore muscles. This is due to the cooling sensation that peppermint oil provides. Peppermint oil can also help relieve joint pain when mixed with lavender oil. {4}

5. Improves Hair and Scalp

Adding peppermint oil to your morning shampoo and conditioner will not only make your scalp feel fresh while waking you up, but it will also help you see an improvement in dandruff. Peppermint oil’s powerful antiseptic properties allow it to alleviate the dandruff, while also making it an effective lice treatment. Adding peppermint oil to your shampoo also naturally thickens and nourishes damaged hair. One study even found it to be an effective natural remedy for hair loss. {5}

6. Provides Focus and Energy

Inhaling a few whiffs of peppermint oil can help wake you up and keep you focused. When studying, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser, or simply inhale it from the bottle. The refreshing scent is a great way to get a natural energy boost, while focusing your mind on the task at hand.


7. Naturally Repels Bugs

Ticks, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mice, and lice all hate the smell of peppermint oil. One published study concluded that peppermint oil is just as effective as the typical insect repellents that are loaded with chemicals. It also noted that peppermint oil worked for about 2 ½ hours before it needed to be reapplied. {6}

8. Reduce Hunger Cravings

Peppermint essential oil is said to make you feel full faster. Simply diffuse the oil at dinnertime or apply a couple drops on your temples or chest before eating. You can also inhale a couple of deep sniffs from the bottle as well.

9. Naturally Relieves Sunburn

The cooling effect of peppermint is a great, natural way to provide relief from the pain of a sunburn. Combine peppermint essential oil and coconut oil and apply directly to the sunburn to experience cooling relief.

10. Reduces Nausea

A medical study found that peppermint essential oil can help relieve nausea symptoms. By adding the oil to water, rubbing 1-2 drops behind your ears, or diffusing it, you can alleviate nausea symptoms. {7}

11. Provides Relief for Colds, Cough, and Flu Symptoms

Inhaling or rubbing peppermint essential oil on your chest, in addition to any prescribed cold and flu medication, can help to clear your sinuses and improve cough. Many over-the-counter drugs contain peppermint essential oil for its active cooling and soothing ingredient, as it provides relief from blocked nasal passages. Diffusing peppermint essential oil in your room when you have a cold can also help to provide relief from your symptoms.

*The benefits of essential oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This blog and suggested products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We do not recommend using essential oils in place of doctor-recommended treatments.

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