I’m starting a new segment that I’m really excited about: 3 Ways Wednesday.
Every Wednesday I’ll tackle a single essential oil or group of essential oils and give you a little information PLUS three ways you can use them. This will not be a comprehensive post by any means, but just a fun bit of information and use.
First up this week: Peppermint Essential Oil
Disclaimer: The information in this post is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not comprehensive information. Essential oils can contraindicate medications, please consult your doctor before using essential oils if you are taking medication. Essential oils should be used with caution around children. Essential oils should NOT be ingested.
Peppermint essential oil
Latin Name: Mentha x piperita
Distillation method: Steam distilled
Plant part: Leaves
Safety concerns: “Cardiac fibrillation, G6PD deficiency. Do not Apply to or near the face of infants or children” (Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition. 2014)
Maximum Dermal Level: 5.4% (Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition, 2014).
Before we get into more information on Peppermint essential oil, it’s important to note that this oil has a LOT of debate surround it. Particularly with the caution that it should not be applied, “to or near the face of infants or children.” While vague, that caution speaks to the amount of menthol (between 19.0 and 54.2%) and 1,8 cineole (between 2.9 and 9.7%) found in this essential oil.
When it comes to babies and children, I prefer to be over-cautious when using essential oils. There are many other child-safe essential oils that can be substituted to support respiratory concerns with children. (Here is a great list of alternatives!) I like to abide by these guidelines from the Tisserand Institute:
3 Ways to Use Peppermint Essential Oil
Now, the fun part! Below you’ll find three ways to use Peppermint essential oil. There are SO many ways to use this versatile oil and use will vary depending on each person. As with any advice, always make sure to dilute essential oils. Be mindful of who you are using the oils around. If you have any discomfort while using them, discontinue use.
Remember, Peppermint essential oil is not suitable to use around infants or children.
#1 – Repel Spiders and Mice
It’s been touted as a myth for a long time, but we’ve used this method successfully for several years now. Peppermint essential oil has helped protect our home from these critters! To use:
- Place 2-4 drops of peppermint on a cotton ball.
- Place cotton ball in known areas where mice and/or spiders are known to frequent (we put them in any suspected mouse holes and a few at select places in our basement)
- Replace every few days as needed. (We do this during the fall and winter when mice and spiders are seeking a warm place to hide out)
A caution: Don’t use peppermint around cats or dogs. Make sure the cotton balls are out of the reach of children and pets. Also, avoid getting peppermint essential oil directly on your hands – it can be irritating.
#2 – Soothing Foot Soak
I have learned (the hard way!) that Peppermint essential oil is not the most ideal oil for a full-body bath soak, but it sure is great for tired feet! This easy DIY foot soak recipe will soothe your tired tootsies for sure.
- Combine 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil in 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil or unscented castile soap (this helps the essential oil to properly dilute/disperse before it is used in water)
- Add diluted oil to 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- Add Epsom salts to a small foot bath (or small plastic container) along with enough warm water to cover feet.
- Soak for about 30 minutes
#3 – Candy Cane diffuser blend
This easy DIY diffuser blend is PERFECT for the holidays. A blend of spicy peppermint, sweet spearmint and smooth, vanilla-like Peru Balsam are sure to delight the senses.
- Add 1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Spearmint and 2 drops of Peru Balsam to a diffuser.
- Diffuse for 15-30 minutes
Although it certainly is fun, this blend is not for use with infants or children under age 3.
Looking to buy some Peppermint? Here are 3 different places to buy pure peppermint essential oil: