Peppermint is one essential oil you probably don’t have at home, but should! As one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, peppermint is great to have on hand to remedy a variety of aliments, but that’s not all! Peppermint oil has tons of unexpected benefits you’ll be glad you know about.
Clean surfaces: Peppermint oil is full of natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Just mix some of the oil with water and vinegar to create an all-purpose house cleaner and get scrubbing!
Fight hunger: Smelling the scent of peppermint will make you feel fuller faster and help curb your appetite!
Odor control: A few drops of peppermint oil at the bottom of your kitchen or bathroom garbage will mask smelly odors.
Toothache: Gargling just one drop of peppermint oil with water will give you toothache relief (don’t swallow)!
Stop the itch: Applying a few drops of peppermint oil will stop the itching from bug bites, hives, or poison ivy.
Alertness: A few drops of peppermint oil under your nose will keep you alert throughout the day.
Ticks: Soaking a cotton ball in peppermint oil will free a tick from its tight latch on your skin.
Toothbrush: A drop of peppermint oil on your toothpaste will give you minty-fresh breath, and it will help disinfect your toothbrush.
Indigestion/Constipation: Massaging the oil into your lower abdomen will relieve indigestion pain and get things moving again. Put a few drops into a massage oil or cream.
Chest cold: Put a few drops of peppermint oil into an organic oil or cream, then rub on your chest to help break up mucus and open up your airways.
Hiccups: Applying peppermint oil to both sides of the vertebrae on your neck could help you get rid of the hiccups.
Motion sickness/Nausea: Massaging a few drops of peppermint oil into your wrists and abdomen will help combat your nausea. (Do a patch test first if applying the oil undiluted. We recommend diluting it in your favorite oil or cream, though.)
Sore feet: A peppermint oil foot bath will give your aching feet some much-needed relief.
Headache: Rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil into your temples and the back of your neck will help subdue your headache pressure – or put a few drops in water, swish a washcloth in the water, wring it out – and you have a compress for your head.
Plant maintenance: Spray peppermint oil mixed with water to kill the aphids on your plants.
Keep bugs and rodents away: Mixing 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil with water creates a homemade bug repellent. Spray any cracks where bugs can get into your home, and it will keep them out. Placing soaked tea bags into corners and holes also works great to keep pesky mice and raccoons out of your home.
Shampoo: Adding peppermint oil to your shampoo will help stimulate your scalp and help get rid of dandruff