When it comes to essential oils, peppermint oil is considered to be one of the most versatile of the essential oils bunch. Not only is it a soothing and relaxing fragrance that’s pleasant to the nose, but it also has several different properties that help make it so special.
Peppermint oil can be used for cleaning around the home, warding off unwanted pests, and also as a personal health care product.
Yet, even more importantly than that, the peppermint essential oil can be used for dozens of medicinal purposes as well. Keep reading to find out more on the many amazing uses for peppermint oil that you may have been missing out on all this time.
1. Create a Disinfectant
Believe it or not, you can use peppermint oil to clean and disinfect certain areas around your home. Just add anywhere from 10 to 20 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle along with a mixture of water and vinegar. Also, be sure to give it a good shake before using.
2. Add to your other homemade cleaners
Peppermint oil is a great way to provide your homemade cleaners with that fresh and alluring fragrance you desire along with antibacterial and antifungal properties.
3. Trash can deodorizer
If the odor that’s coming from your trash can ever becomes too much for you, simply use a few drops of peppermint oil to freshen it up a bit.
4. Freshen the air
Besides being used to deodorize your trash can, a few drops added to your homemade potpourri will go a long way in creating a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in your home.
5. Mice Deterrent
It may seem surprising to some, but mice and other small rodents aren’t particularly fond of the scent of peppermint oil. Add a couple of drops to several cotton balls and place them strategically around your home to help deter them.
6. Helps to keep ants and spiders out
Have you been noticing ants or spiders creeping around in your home lately? Create an invisible barrier around your windows and doorways by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and rubbing it across these areas.
7. Keep fleas at bay
Did you know that peppermint oil is capable of killing fleas and their larvae? It’s true! All you need is a spray bottle mixture of Epsom salts, warm water, and a few drops of peppermint oil mixed together.
You can use it directly on your carpet and also on your pet’s fur.
8. Removes ticks
Did you find a tick on your child or pet while they were out playing? By adding peppermint oil to the end of a cotton swab and then placing it near the head of the tick, is all it should take for the pest to let go of the skin.
9. Deters aphids away from your plants
As a gardener, it can be incredibly frustrating when you’ve put in all that hard work, just to see your plants and vegetables all chewed up. To help keep aphid infestations from happening, use a spray bottle of water and a few drops of peppermint oil and spray directly onto your plants.
10. Helps with colds and congestion
Get better faster from a cold or congestion by adding several drops of it to your humidifier while you are sleeping.
11. Eases indigestion and nausea
The next time you are experiencing nausea, just remember to use peppermint oil. That’s right! Once you do, that uncomfortable feeling should disappear fairly quickly. For indigestion, rub a mixture of carrier oil and peppermint oil in a circular motion over your abdomen region.
12. Relieves motion sickness
Motion sickness is the worst! Help alleviate nausea and that yucky feeling with a diluted amount of peppermint oil that’s added to a carrier oil and then apply it to the inside of your wrists.
13. Relieves Headaches
Rub a mixture of peppermint oil and carrier oil in a circular motion over your temples to help lessen the severity of a headache. If it’s a tension headache that you’re dealing with, rub it on your neck as well.
Be very careful not to get the oil in your eyes!
14. Lessens the severity of cramps
Relieve cramps by using peppermint oil that’s combined with a carrier oil.
15. Relieves stress
Light a lavender oil candle and then add a few drops of peppermint oil to it. Not only will you feel calmer, but you’ll be more alert as well.
16. Increases brain function and alertness
Do you have a big test coming up, or maybe an important business meeting that will require your very best? It’s been proven that inhaling peppermint oil is able to make you feel more alert and ready for these types of situations.
17. Moisturize and deodorize your feet
By using only a few ingredients and a small amount of peppermint oil, you can create your own natural foot cream.
18. Helps to get rid of dandruff
Dandruff is hard to hide and can be embarrassing. By adding peppermint oil to your homemade hair shampoo, your dandruff should quickly disappear.
19. Relieves rashes, pain, and bruises
When you are itching due to a rash, apply a coconut mixture that has a few drops of peppermint oil added to it and rub over the affected region. For bumps and bruises, you will need to use a carrier oil that’s mixed with a pinch of peppermint oil.
20. Helps manage bug bites
Relieve the itching caused by bug bites by combining lavender oil, a carrier oil, and a couple of drops of peppermint oil and then rubbing it over the affected skin. The itch should considerably subside.
Uses for Peppermint Oil
This was just a sneak-peak of the many uses of peppermint oil for areas around your home and also for your own personal health benefit. If you haven’t already been using this essential oil, hopefully now you will consider having it on-hand in your home all the time!
If it’s your first time using it, make sure that you use only a small amount to make sure that you’re not allergic to it.
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Remember this information is for informational purposed only; it is not meant to treat, cure or prevent illness.