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6 Surprising Uses of Peppermint Oil

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6 Surprising Uses of Peppermint Oil

6 Surprising Uses of Peppermint Oil

Essential oils have been used throughout history for thousands of years in medicinal practice, yet folks today are often surprised and mesmerized by the power of these oils in health and healing. Somehow, we’ve lost touch of this innate knowledge.

Simply put, essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  The ancient Egyptians were some of the first people to use essential oils followed by the ancient Greeks and the Romans.  Essential oils also play a huge role in Indian Ayurveda.  

There are countless essential oils and I’ve had the joy of using many on myself and my children this past year.  One of our favorites hands-down is peppermint oil, and is also one of the most popular.  Although most people associate peppermint oil with “the sensation you feel from eating a peppermint patty” (which is true), there are some surprising benefits of using peppermint oil that I bet many are not aware.

First, I want to stress how critical it is to use a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil; not one made up with fillers and perfumes. Certified grade essential oils are food grade, you can actually ingest them.  Therefore, you want to choose the highest quality you can find. To learn more click HERE.


6 Surprising Benefits of Peppermint Oil

  1. Relieves Headaches –  Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples to relieve tension headaches.  The cooling sensation helps to relax the muscles in your head and in your neck.
  2. Improves Tummy Discomfort – Just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on your belly or taken internally can help calm digestive troubles.  In addition to soothing digestive discomfort, it also calms nausea.
  3. Helps Relieve Seasonal Allergies – Because of its power to relax tense muscles, the same is true with relaxing the muscles that line our airways during allergy season.  This (paired with lemon essential oil) is a great relieve for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
  4. Wards Off Spiders:  Diffuse peppermint oil in a room and notice that there won’t be as many spiders present.  Peppermint oil does not harm spiders; they simply cannot stand the smell, therefore they steer clear.  WIN!
  5. Stops Ticks from Burrowing:  If you find you have a tick bite and you catch it early enough, grab a cotton swab, douse with peppermint oil, and rub over the tick.  The tick will stop burrowing and will give you a chance to remove.
  6. Can Help Reduce Hair Loss:Check out this pretty cool article This stimulating oil helps to rejuvenate the scalp and  can assist in hair growth. It can be applied to the scalp neat or added to shampoos. on how you can help reduce hair loss, if this is of concern to you, utlizing this oil.

Notice I didn’t mention anything about how refreshing and energizing peppermint is? Surely there are more uses for peppermint (like putting a drop or two in all things chocolate), but I wanted to leave you with something that you may not have considered. (link to homemade peppermint patty recipe here!)

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, I am happy to assist. Visit my page here and send a message.


Be well,






Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit



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