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The Power of Peppermint Essential Oil

The Power of Peppermint Essential OilDid you know that 1 drop of Young Living, peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea? Because of its purity, 100% pure peppermint essential oil can improve mental focus by 25% and clear the sinuses and airways. The energizing and mind-clearing scent of peppermint just makes you want to jump up and kick start your day. Even the simple act of applying a drop of peppermint oil to the temples or back of the neck can help relieve a throbbing headache. Applying a drop of peppermint oil to your neck or wrists can help you feel cooler on a hot day. People often drink peppermint tea after a meal to aid with digestion, and 100% pure essential oil has been reported to aid digestion, curb appetite, and relieve nausea, vomiting and bloating. These are just some of the many ‘power’ of peppermint oil. It is a highly versatile oil, and I personally love it for all things digestion related and pain relief.

 Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relieving Properties

Peppermint oil has a very soothing and cooling effect when placed on the skin. This is due to its menthol constituent. Studies have shown that the scent and cooling effect of peppermint oil can help relax both the muscles and the mind when diffused into the air or applied directly on the skin. Its analgesic or pain-relieving effect has been shown to help reduce sensitivity to headaches, as well as lowering the body’s temperature during a fever. I have used it very successfully for cramps, headache and neck stiffness, and muscle or tendon strains and sprains. So instead of using sports creams like Deep Heat for relief, you could try massaging a few drops of peppermint essential oil with an organic vegetable oil on the painful area to help soothe painful muscles.

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal Properties

Peppermint oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it can help keep burns, cuts, scrapes and rashes free from any nasty germs. Simply add a drop of peppermint essential oil around a cut, burn or rash to help your body fight any germs. Please do not use the peppermint oil directly on fresh cuts or burns as it may make the pain worse. When it comes to stings or bites from various insects and itchy rashes, you could also try 100% pure, peppermint oil mixed with an organic vegetable oil to soothe the pain, itch and inflammation, while also helping to fight bacteria.

Insect Repellant

Do you have issues with mosquitoes and flies in your home? Peppermint essential oil diffused into the air has been reported to get rid of pesky flies. In fact, even fly larvae may be eliminated by exposing them to peppermint oil. When applied diluted on the skin, it may also act as an insect repellant. So instead of opting for strong and possibly harmful household chemicals to get rid of insects in your home, alternatively you could try diffusing 100% pure peppermint oil into the air and apply some on your skin.

Digestive Health

Peppermint oil in the form of teas and balms has been known to help with numerous digestive complaints while also aiding digestion. It’s one of the main ingredients of many over the counter medications for relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A study conducted by the University of Exeter, UK tested the effectiveness of this particular essential oil and arrived at the conclusion that it can indeed be an effective treatment for this digestive issue. Peppermint oil helps stop the painful spasms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, and it does so without affecting the delicate inner lining of the gut.  Peppermint oil can reduce feelings of nausea, too. In a study on postoperative gynaecological patients, researchers tested the efficacy of peppermint oil in relieving the patients of their nausea. The results of the study indicated that those who were exposed to peppermint oil had less need of the usual pharmaceutical drugs used to treat nausea and vomiting.


Repelling mice:

“I decided I’d search the oil testimonial database and see which oils might help. Peppermint was mentioned several times–so out came my bottle of peppermint. A few drops of cotton balls scented with that oil and placed around the rooms have resolved the mouse in the house situation successfully!”

-Susy Billings



Digestive health:

“When I first became involved with Young Living Essential Oils about 6 years ago, I had been suffering for over 30 years with heartburn and bloating. I began using a drop of Young Living Peppermint oil in the water that I drank and after every time I ate I would also place a drop of it on my upper belly (right where the burning was). I found it really supported my digestive process. After about two months, I noticed that the burning was mostly gone, as well as that bloated feeling I would get after eating. I continue to use the peppermint oil in all the water that I drink and no longer experience discomfort. Hip Hip Hooray for Young Living and these wonderful oils!”

-Myrna Pilon



Upset stomach and nausea:

“Peppermint is also wonderful for stomach upset! I’ve also suffered from gastrointestinal issues for many years, so this has been a Godsend. I ONLY use peppermint for tummy relief now. I typically apply it in a large circle around my abdomen, clockwise. I also inhale some. It helps with nausea very quickly!”

– Sarah Courchaine



Peppermint essential oil is one of THE oils to have in your first aid or everyday oils kit. It can be used to support mental function – alertness, concentration, chronic fatigue, jet lag, memory function & migraines. It can be used to support digestive health, from top to tail, so to speak – bad breath to abdominal cramps to flatulence and hemorrhoids. Because of its antifungal and antiviral qualities, 100% pure, peppermint essential oil may also help with cold sores, candida imbalance, ringworm and the flu. I have had lots of wonderful personal experience with 100% pure, Young Living peppermint oil as a natural support for headaches, cramps and muscle aches and strains. There are lots of ways peppermint essential oil can support your body’s innate intelligence to heal itself. Let’s Get Healthy!


Research Articles and Abstracts that might interest you:

University of Maryland Medical Center – Peppermint

Molecular Nutrition and Food Research – Antifungal activity of peppermint and sweet basil oils

Bioresource Technology  – Larvicidal and mosquito repellant action of peppermint

The American Journal of Gastroenterology – Peppermint oil for irritable bowel syndrome

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research – A review on peppermint oil

International Journal of Headache – Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil on headaches

British Medical Journal – Treating Irritable bowel syndrome with peppermint oil

Journal of Advanced Nursing – Peppermint oil: a treatment for postoperative nausea


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