Peppermint Oil: Relieve Pain & Deter Insects!

Peppermint oil has many invigorating, cooling and calming effects. Peppermint is one of the oldest herbs used for medicinal purposes historically. It has many diverse practical uses. Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and the oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the leaves and top flowers of the plant.

Here are a few practical benefits!

Relieving Congestion

Peppermint essential oil helps reduce inflammation, thins mucous in the sinus cavities and opens up blocked sinus airways.

Add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of boiling water. Put a towel over your head and inhale the hot medicinal steam for 5-10 minutes or until the steam dies down. The healing properties of both oils help to thin mucus and drain the nasal passages. Blow your nose as needed to expel mucus and feel relief.

Muscle Pain

Peppermint oil has the ability to relax muscles, relieve inflammation and provide numbing, cooling pain relief.

Combine 5-10 drops of peppermint oil to 1-2 teaspoons of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil and massage into sore muscles.

Or try Peppermint Touch which is already mixed with the carrier oil.

Or add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a hot bath along with 2 cups of Epsom salts.

This pain-relieving soak relaxes sore muscles and the cooling, tingling effect alleviates aches.


With its ability to reduce nausea, the oil is also an excellent choice for migraine sufferers. Manufacturers have also tapped into this by developing products that contain peppermint oil designed specifically for headache and migraine relief.

Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage into your temples and forehead and behind the neck for quick, cooling headache relief. Your eyes may feel slightly strange for a few minutes but this is normal. The headache should be alleviated within a few minutes and the soothing effect lasts for a number of hours. Repeat as necessary.

Fresh breath

Peppermint has been used as a natural breath-freshener for centuries. Extracted from peppermint, the oil is an easy, inexpensive but highly effective essential oil due to its anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that you can use if you suffer from bad breath.

Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to a small bit of toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush well for 1-2 minutes. This will help prevent cavities and leave your mouth refreshingly clean.

Or add 1 or 2 drops under your tongue for a long lasting fresh breath.

Or you can use our beadlets which give lasting fresh breath!

Deterring Insects

Insects hate peppermint! How great is that? Use this simple but effective all-natural insecticide in the house to keep annoying insects away. Small bugs like spiders detest the smell of peppermint oil.

Soak a few cotton balls with 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil and place around the house, especially in doors and windows where insects can squeeze through.