Have a jar of peppermint essential oil in your home but aren’t sure what to do with it? Here are some of my favorite uses for peppermint oil for your health and home.
Uses for Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils you can keep on hand. Peppermint essential oil has so many uses, both for your health and around your home. Today we’re going to talk about a few ways you can start using it in and around your home too. And remember, if you have any uses for peppermint oil that you don’t see listed here, make sure to share your tips in the comments!
Peppermint oil is the essential oil derived from the peppermint plant. It is commonly used in many home remedies, home and personal care products, and it has many soothing and even medicinal properties. It’s also a pest repellant, so you can use it in your home and garden to get rid of the “unwanteds.”
**Note: Like with all essential oils, test first to make sure you are not allergic, do not use on young children, do not use if pregnant, do not use around pets, and do not use if you have certain medical conditions. Nothing here is meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent diseases, please ask your doctor for that kind of advice. These are simply tips to give ideas. Do not ingest oils and do not use them on skin without diluting.
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Peppermint Oil for Cleaning
- Mix peppermint oil with tea tree oil to make a disinfectant for things around your home. Add about 10-20 drops to a mixture of white vinegar and water to a 16oz spray bottle and shake well. Spray to clean and disinfect.
- Add some peppermint oil to your Homemade Cleaners to give them a fresh scent and to give them antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Get Rid of Pests with Peppermint Oil
- Keep ants and spiders out of your home by making a barrier of peppermint oil. Put some oil on a cotton ball and wipe around the areas they are entering your home such as doorways or windows. They won’t cross the barrier.
- Place peppermint oil on cotton balls home to deter mice. Leave cottontails in strategic areas around your house to keep rodents at bay!
- Make a homemade peppermint spray to get rid of fleas. Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with some epsom salts and warm water. Shake until salts are dissolved. Spray on dogs and carpets where fleas may lurk. Peppermint oil kills flea larvae.
- Make an organic garden spray that kills aphids. Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with some water in a spray bottle and spray on plants with aphid infestations.
- Place peppermint oil on the tip of a cotton swap and put around the head of a tick to remove it from skin.
Peppermint Oil Home Remedies
- Help ease nausea or indigestion. Inhale peppermint oil to help stop nausea instantly. For indigestion, rub peppermint oil mixed with a carrier oil on your abdomen in a circular pattern.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a humidifier to help with colds and congestion.
- Create a natural chest rub by melting shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in equal amounts with a few drops of peppermint oil to help with congestion.
- Relieve a headache by mixing peppermint oil with a carrier oil and rubbing on your sinus’ or temples. Help relieve a tension headache by also rubbing on the neck.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil into an Olive Oil Candle to help improve alertness and relieve stress.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil and lavender oil to a carrier oil to relieve itchy bug bites.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil into a foot bath with epsom salts to help relax tired, worn feet.
- To help motion sickness, rub a small amount that has been diluted with a carrier oil onto the insides of your wrists.
- Create an invigorating bath by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to warm bath water.
- Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil and place on bumps and bruises to help with pain and reduce swelling.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to Homemade Shampoo to help with dandruff.
- Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil to help relieve cramps.
- Inhale some peppermint oil while studying and then before a test to improve brain function and increase alertness.
- To help relieve a rash, mix a few drops of peppermint oil with some coconut oil and rub into the affected area.
- Peppermint oil can help with hot flashes. Just add a few drops to a spray bottle of cold water and spritz on your body as needed.
- Moisturize and deodorize your feet by making your own Peppermint Foot Cream!
More Uses for Peppermint Oil
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to homemade potpourri to make an invigorating atmosphere in your home.
- Add a few drops of oil to the bottom of your trash can or on a cotton ball placed in the bottom of your trash can to keep it smelling fresh.
And there are even more uses for peppermint oil that we can’t possibly list here! My personal favorite use for peppermint oil is to keep away the spiders. These South Dakota Wolf Spiders are enough to give you nightmares!
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What are your favorite uses for peppermint oil? Do you have wolf spiders where you live? *Shudder!*
This blog post about 25 Uses for Peppermint Oil was originally published on Little House Living in November 2013. It has been updated as of March 2019.