Next up in our Everyday Oils series is one of my favorites – Peppermint Essential Oil. Much like Lavender, Peppermint is extremely versatile and has hundreds of uses. In addition to simply inhaling the aroma for a quick pick-me-up or to help clear your air passageways, it has a number of beauty and bath applications. Read on for some of my favorite DIY recipes and quick uses.
- Breathe easy by diffusing 2 drops of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils.
- Increase mental alertness by diffusing 2 drops of Lavender and Orange oils.
- Freshen your breath by adding a drop of Peppermint oil to your water or tea.
- Wake up by adding a few drops to your bath water.
- Add a drop or two to your favorite unscented body lotion for a refreshing tingle.
DIY Peppermint Recipes
This stuff is hot right now, but it’s also expensive. Here’s a cheap alternative.
- 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
- 30-40 drops Peppermint & Lemongrass essential oils
- Water to fill a 3 oz spray bottle
Add ingredients and shake well in your 3 oz. spray bottle. Keep near the loo and use as needed.
Stuffy Shower Soothers
- 1 cup baking soda
- Water to moisten
- several drops of rosemary essential oil
- several drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- several drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix the water into the baking soda just to moisten and form a stiff paste (it should feel easy to mold, like wet sand). Add your essential oils to the mix to suit your fragrance preferences. You will probably need around 15 drop total. Fill silicone muffin tins with your paste. Allow to set overnight before removing from the muffin tins.
Store in a cool, dry airtight container until ready to use. Place on the floor of your shower once your water has warmed. The scent will be released while you shower and should last 2 or 3 showers.
ASAP DIY Vapor Rub
Many vapor rub recipes require melting in a double boiler and allowing to sit overnight. What if you don’t have that kind of time? Here’s a quick go-to that will have your rub ready in seconds.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 5 Drops of Eucalyptus Oil
- 5 Drops of Peppermint Oil
- 3 Drops Lavender
Mix and apply as needed.
DIY Dry Shampoo
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder (for dark hair use ½ arrowroot and ½ cocoa powders – about 2 T each)
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
Add everything to a food processor and mix well. Store in glass container and apply to the roots as needed with a large makeup or Kabuki brush.
Peppermint Lip Scrub
I prefer my scrubs more on the smooth side, especially when it comes to the lips. Choose something fine over something like a raw sugar in this case. You may even want to switch your honey and sugar measurements if you would also like it a little more gentle.
- 1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
- 1½ Teaspoon sugar
- 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Mix well and store in a small container by your bedside table. Rub a little on your lips each evening to soften and remove dead skin.
Peppermint Foot Scrub
- 3 cups of sugar (what’s in your cabinet is fine, if you want something more course use raw sugar)
- 1 cup of olive oil
- Peppermint oil to scent
Mix the sugar and olive oil well. Add peppermint oil as desired. Store in a glass jar until ready to use. Application tip: use half a lemon to scrub your feet for some additional exfoliation.
Boosting Bath Salts
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt
- 4 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 6-8 drops peppermint oil
Mix it up and store in a pretty glass jar. Add a ¼ – ½ c to warm bath water.
These are so cool and can perform double duty. Drop one in the toilet for easy cleaning. Drop one into a warm bath for a fizzy respiratory support.
The citric acid is key. It’s what makes the fizz.
- 1 ⅓ cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- 1 tsp water
- 30 drops Lavender essential oil
- 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 30 drops Lemon essential oil
Mix your baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Add your essential oils. Put your water in a spray bottle and spritz the baking soda mixture until you get that moldable wet sand feeling we talked about earlier. Place into an ice cube tray or silicone forms and allow to dry completely. Store in an airtight container.
Those are a few of my favorite Peppermint Essential Oil uses. What are yours?