15 Different Uses For Peppermint Oil

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You may not have used it before, but peppermint oil is an incredibly versatile essential oil to keep around the house. From cleaning to tick removal, one small bottle of concentrated peppermint oil can go a very long way.

Next time you have a killer headache, pest problem or paint fumes, why not reach for all natural peppermint oil?

Calm Down Anxious Pets

If you frequently travel with pets in cars, planes or trains, you've probably experienced how frightened they can become. Next time, try placing several drops of peppermint oil on the floor of your pet carrier to help soothe and relax your dog or cat.

Natural Air Freshener

Store bought air fresheners are becoming increasingly popular, but they can contain harmful chemicals. Freshen the air in your home or car naturally with a mixture of peppermint oil and water. Place six drops for every one ounce of water into a spray water, and spritz where needed.

Relaxing Lotion

Give yourself a relaxing treat by mixing some peppermint oil into your regular lotion or massage oil. Blend in 12 drops for every one ounce of lotion or oil and enjoy the soothing and cooling effects of the peppermint.

Wake Up And Stay Alert

If you're feeling a little tired or unfocused, try placing a drop of peppermint oil on your tongue, or simply smelling some. In the morning, place several drops on the floor of the shower or in the bath for a refreshing wake up.

Deter Unwanted Pests

If you've noticed insects or rodents entering your home, try soaking a cotton ball in peppermint oil. Place the cotton ball directly in the hole or opening where the pests are entering to discourage them.

15 different uses for peppermint oil

Sea Sickness

Help calm the feeling of nausea from seasickness with a little peppermint oil. Try inhaling whiffs of the oil until you feel your seasickness subside.

Fight Headaches

Peppermint oil can also help fight headaches. If you are feeling pain and tension in your head, place one drop of peppermint oil on your index finger, then rub across your forehead and temple.

Relieve An Upset Stomach

For a variety of upset stomach issues, try rubbing several drops onto your torso for a cooling effect that should help relieve discomfort.

Freshen Socks And Tired Feet

Fight foot odor and discomfort by placing several drops of peppermint oil into your socks. Not only will they smell fresh, but the oil's cooling feel will also help relieve foot pain and fatigue.

Aid Digestion

If you're looking to aid your digestion, try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your drinks. The helpful oil can help alleviate gastrointestinal and digestive issues.

Reduce Agitating Paint Fumes

Mix one bottle of peppermint oil into a five gallon can of paint to dramatically reduce the irritation of paint fumes, and make painting a little more enjoyable.

Reduce Inflammation

If you are suffering from inflammation from an injury or arthritis, try rubbing several drops of peppermint oil on to the affected area.

Remove Ticks

If you've ever had to remove a tick from your pets, you know how tough and painful the process can be. Next time, try placing a drop of peppermint oil on the tick. Dip a cotton swab in the oil, then rub the tick. Wait until the tick removes its head from the skin, and pull off.

Cool Itching Skin

Soothe itchy and irritated skin with the cooling essence of peppermint oil. Place several drops directly onto the affected area, but be careful not to place any on open cuts or wounds.

Relieve Congestion

If your sinuses are feeling stuffed up, try a drop of peppermint oil on your tongue and/or one drop rubbed just beneath your nose. The minty smell and sensation will help clear up your nasal passages and relieve discomfort.

Where To Buy Peppermint Oil

Like other essential oils, peppermint oil can be found at many health food stores, and some grocery stores. Online retailers are also a good place to check for peppermint oil, and may be able to provide reduced prices if they specialize in essential oils. You will also be able to purchase peppermint oil in a variety of sizes online, making this a good way to shop if you require extra large or small quantities of the oil. Some online retailers to check out include:

Last Updated: March 29, 2013
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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