Beyond smelling fantastic, peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils to have stocked in your medicine cabinet. In fact, peppermint oil has been applied both cosmetically and medicinally for thousands of years, and records of its use can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt. While its origins may be ancient, there's never been a better time to add this fragrant, healing substance to your beauty bag. Read on for nine of the top benefits of peppermint oil.
#1: DIY Facial Scrub
One of the best benefits of peppermint oil is its ability to cleanse and rejuvenate skin. Combine four to five drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoon of fine Himalayan rock salt and two tablespoons of tamanu oil (olive oil will also work in a pinch) for a refreshingly natural, restorative facial scrub.
Valentia Tamanu Oil ($18)
#2: Heal a Sore Throat
To help soothe a sore throat or alleviate your cold, add a couple drops of peppermint oil to a glass of warm water, and then mix with about a half-teaspoon of rock salt. Gargle this mixture once or twice daily to relieve inflammation and kill bacteria.
Pure Body Naturals Peppermint Oil ($11)
#3: Better Shampoo
For a cleansing and energizing boost to your regular haircare routine, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo. The antiseptic properties of peppermint oil make it ideal for DIY scalp treatments and clean, healthy roots.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo ($22)
#4: Soothe Itchy Skin
Similar to lavender oil, one of the top benefits of peppermint oil is its ability to soothe dry or irritated skin. Dilute pure peppermint oil with warm water and smooth over itchy or dry skin, or add a few drops of peppermint oil to coconut or tea tree oil for added relief.
Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil ($73)
#5: Reduce Acne
Peppermint oil's antibacterial properties can work as a natural alternative for clearing acne-prone skin. Best used in conjunction with eucalyptus oil, a small amount of peppermint oil diluted with water can be dabbed directly on pimples and left to soak overnight.
Now Eucalyptus Essential Oil ($9)
#6: Ward Off Bug Bites
As much as we may love peppermint oil, bugs hate it. Spray a bit of diluted peppermint oil to fend off ticks, spiders, ants, and mosquitoes. Natural bug sprays, like the Captain Blankenship's Sail Away Bug Spray, use peppermint oil as one of their primary ingredients.
Captain Blankenship Sail Away Bug Spray ($20)
#7: Heal a Sunburn
Grab an atomizer spray bottle, and then fill it with a mix of 20 drops of peppermint oil per 100mL (just over 3 oz.) of clean water. Spray directly on skin to soothe inflammation and expedite the healing process.
Travalo Refillable Perfume Bottle Spray ($18)
#8: Stimulate Hair Growth
Combine a few drops of peppermint oil with about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage over your scalp and through your hair. You can also sub the coconut oil with emu oil, known for nourishing hair and naturally boosting growth.
#9: All-Natural Lip Balm
For soft lips, one of our favorite benefits of peppermint oil is to be found in DIY lip balm. Combine equal parts shea butter, coconut oil, and grated beeswax, and then heat in a double boiler until fully melted. Add peppermint oil (about a quarter teaspoon per half-cup of melted mixture). Allow to cool, and then place in metal or plastic tubes or tins.
Dr. Bronner's Organic Peppermint Lip Balm ($3)
Up next, read on for the uses of tea tree oil, another versatile essential oil to keep in stock.