peppermint essential oil

Can you close your eyes and imagine the refreshing summery scent of peppermint leaves and essential oil?

I can no longer say “this is one of my favourite essential oils” as each essential oil has so many benefits and gorgeous scents that it’s too difficult to choose. However, peppermint essential oil is one of the more popular ones that I use in cleaning products, diffused to support my respiratory system and also in cosmetics.


The peppermint plant was first recorded in 1000BC when dried peppermint leaves were found in ancient Egyptian pyramids. Peppermint has been used throughout history and has been valued as a multi-purpose plant and essential oil whose components are now used by cosmetic, culinary and health industries around the globe.

With so many facets and uses, it is no surprise that Peppermint oil continues to be one of doTERRA’s best-selling and highly favoured essential oils. 

Fun Fact:
Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.

10+ Uses and Benefits of Peppermint Oil

peppermint essential oil

Peppermint as an air freshener

Replace synthetic air fresheners with antibacterial and invigorating peppermint essential oil. Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 cup water and put in an eco-friendly refillable spray bottle. Spray around the home. This will also help deter ants.

Peppermint for cleaning – all-purpose cleaner

Make your own quick and refreshing all-purpose cleaner. Add 15 drops peppermint essential oil, 15 drop lemon essential oil, quarter cup white vinegar to a spray bottle and top up with water. Spray to disinfect surfaces and wipe clean.

Peppermint as a bug repellent

Peppermint oil provides a perfect solution to ward off those creepy crawlers. Many bugs and spiders dislike the potent smell of Peppermint oil. Consequently, Peppermint oil is used as a home remedy to repel bugs naturally. Try placing one to three drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and position them in the corners of your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, or wherever you think these unwanted guests might be.

Peppermint for an invigorating aroma

Use this simple yet invigorating diffuser blend and enjoy this fresh aroma in your home, office, or classroom. To make this blend, combine two drops of Peppermint oil, three drops of Grapefruit, and two drops of Sandalwood into a diffuser. Using Peppermint oil in your diffuser will produce a cooling, invigorating vapour. Try more essential oil blends for the summer.

Peppermint for fresh breath

Swap artificially flavoured chewing gum or sweets when you need to freshen your breath, with Peppermint essential oil. Mix a drop of Peppermint oil with a drop of Lemon essential oil in water, take a sip, and swirl it around in your mouth for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse. Menthol, a component found in Peppermint, has been used for centuries for its ability to cleanse and freshen giving you a fresh and minty kick. For convenience, you can also try Peppermint Essential Oil Beadlets.

Peppermint to boost flavour

Peppermint essential oil has been used to add a fresh boost to meals in kitchens all across the world. The use of Peppermint essential oil is not just limited to cooked dishes; it also makes a great addition to any smoothie. Try adding one to two drops of Peppermint oil to your favourite smoothie recipe for a burst of minty flavour. Or add to water to cool down the summer heat and encourage healthy respiratory and digestive system.

Peppermint oil for energy

Peppermint essential oil can be used aromatically to enliven the senses and promote a feeling of energy. This powerful oil can be extremely beneficial on its own, but when you add the right combination of essential oils to Peppermint, the synergy of the combination of oils leads to even more benefits. In the palm of your hand, try placing one drop of Peppermint oil, one drop of Wild Orange Oil and one drop of Frankincense oil, and inhale by cupping your hands over your nose. This simple aromatic recipe is perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up. This blend is also suitable for your diffuser that will deliver the blend consistently according to your essential oils diffuser settings. Try more essential blends for summer.

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Peppermint for soothing feet

Give your feet some love after a long day by trying this DIY Whipped Peppermint Foot Lotion. The peppermint essential oil provides a delightful cooling sensation whilst the tea tree essential oil purifies and acts as an anti-bacterial (especially useful for smelly feet!) Apply the lotion before you go to bed and put on a pair of socks to allow your feet to soak in the goodness.

Peppermint for after sun

Cool your skin down after exposure to the sun with this homemade After Sun Soothing Spray to maintain healthy-looking skin. This soothing spray is filled with three powerful essential oils that calm and soothes irritated skin.

Peppermint oil to support digestion

The main chemical component in Peppermint oil is menthol which is also known to soothe the smooth muscle that lines the colon.* This relaxant property occurs due to menthol’s ability to keep calcium channels working optimally. The relaxing of colon smooth muscle reduces the movement of bowels, which eases occasional bowel looseness. Because of this effect, menthol is the main contributor to Peppermint essential oil’s ability to promote digestive health.* Most essential oils are not recommended to take internally. I only use essentials oils that I trust to take internally. Check out doTERRA.

Peppermint for relaxation massage & hair

The soothing components found in Peppermint oil make it desirable oil for massages. Add Peppermint oil to your massage experiences and enjoy the pleasurable cooling feelings. Lavender is a great companion for a massage blend. You can also try adding Peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating hair massage that will provide the pampering your scalp deserves.

Peppermint oil for alertness

If you or someone you know has trouble staying awake during the day and would like a natural method to feel alert, Peppermint oil used topically or aromatically can help. Place 1–2 drops of Peppermint essential oil on your fingertips and then place your fingertips on your temples and rub. This will help give you the natural sense of alertness you desire when you need it most.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Oils that Blend Well with Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil blends well withOreganoMarjoramCypressEucalyptusGeraniumGrapefruitJuniper BerryLavenderLemonRosemary, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil) essential oils for diffusion. 

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Plant Description

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plants. This cooling and relaxing herb is characterized by its square stem, dark green leaves, and small bunches of light lavender flowers. The peppermint plant can grow to be approximately 18–36 inches tall and can be found in a variety of different areas. Peppermint is known to grow best by streams or in wet locations with a lot of rainfall. Due to its specific water needs, Peppermint is cultivated in Europe, Asia, and North America.

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doTERRA Product Safety:

Many essential oils available in the industry contain filler substances and contaminants that weaken the purity and power of the oil. However, at doTERRA, we know that a pure bottle of essential oil has the potential to change lives; that’s why doTERRA’s mission is to provide essential oils that are highly effective and free of additives and harmful contaminants. doTERRA’s Peppermint essential oil is produced in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and other regions of the world. Through the partnership doTERRA has created with growers, we receive only the highest quality Peppermint oil, which is then rigorously tested. doTERRA guarantees pure essential oils through the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. This protocol includes a series of strict tests that ensure the essentials oils we sell are free from filler substances or impurities – making the doTERRA essential oils you purchase powerful and pure.