Everyday Essential Oils: Peppermint

Peppermint Essential Oil | healthylivinghowto.com

I made one resolution in 2014 and that was to enter into the world of essential oils. I know I have a lot of readers who are leaps and bounds ahead of me on this — and I am eager to learn from you and share with you.

The rest of you, I hope you are coming along for the ride because I am really excited about this!

What are Essential Oils and Why Use Them

Essential oils are the natural, aromatic liquids that protect plants against disease, insects, and other environmental conditions. Their innate properties make them powerfully therapeutic for humans as well, promoting overall health, and supporting both physical and emotional well-being.

In a world where most medicine is chemically produced, record numbers are now turning to essential oils – to improve health without exposure to side effects.

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils

When it comes to essential oils – farming, distilling, and sourcing is everything! Young Living is the only company with carefully curated farms all over the world.

Due to the wide-use of synthetic chemicals in the distillation process, a vast majority of essential oils on the market today are useful only for perfumes and cosmetics. They should never be ingested or inhaled.

Young Living essential oils however, are never diluted, cut, or adulterated in any way.

Young Living uses a proprietary, low-temperature, distillation process that’s entirely chemical-free. Carefully monitoring every step of the production of essential oils from beginning to end, through a unique seed to seal process, Young Living ensures the purity of each essential oil.

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils

  1. Aromatic. Aromatic is the process of breathing in the essential oil. This can be done by using an essential oil diffuser, inhaling directly from the bottle or by adding a few drops to hands and cupping over nose and mouth.
  2. Topical. Topical application is the process of applying essential oil directly to the area of concern along with the ears, hands and feet. Some oils can be applied directly and others need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Oils can also be added to bathwater or in a warm compress.
  3. Internal. Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. Essential oil can be added to a liquid and drinking or to a veggie capsule and swallowed.

Everyday Essential Oils

I started my essential oil journey with the premium starter kit because it was the best value! Along with the diffuser, it included 5 ml bottles of the basic ten everyday essential oils:

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.

Peppermint Essential Oil | healthylivinghowto.comJean Valnet, MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water.

Basic Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
  • Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  • Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
  • Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
  • Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.

How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Sneak Peek Ebook

Check out my ebook! Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home, is an incredible resource for essential oil users of all skill levels. In this book, we show you just how simple it is to make healthy, natural and effective essential oil recipes that will rid your body and home of toxic chemicals.

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    • Marina says

      I use essential oils all the time, and create my own body and facial moisurizers, sometime body wash, shampoo, facial and hand cleansers based on my skins needs. If you decide to start using essential oils, you’ll be hooked. It’s the best decision I ever made and couldn’t be happier!

  1. says

    We are learning to use oils more and more. Peppermint is one was ALWAYS use. Baths with it are AMAZING. Just used some lavendar this am to take the sting out of my burn and it worked AWESOME!

  2. hannah says

    My mum uses lavender to help with her migraines and my sis went with ginger when she was pregnant. Personally I’ve used peppermint to help with a fever and Pan Away to help with cramp pain.

  3. Amy says

    I am trying to learn all I can about essential oils! I’d love to be able to try some to cut down on snacking and to help with migraines and stress. Thanks!

  4. Lorrene Blackburn says

    Thanks for being so generous! Although I have tried several essential oils, I have never used peppermint and would love to try it.

  5. Leah Barkhuff says

    I’m fairly new to EO’s so I have never tried peppermint but can’t wait to….. I have used and LOVE Breathe Again and DiGize, they are amazing!!!

  6. Jayne Hazlip says

    I have just started using essential oils myself. I burned my finger in the oven, it blistered. Daily I put lavender oil on it. Normally, I don’t heal quickly (it usually takes two weeks for something like this to heal. It took two days for the blister to heal and just a few more for the finger to get back to normal. Wow! So cool.

  7. patricia says

    I have just now started experimenting with essential oils, I have tea tree that I use for my hair, but I would love to expand my varieties. Thanks for the chance to win (:

  8. chrissy says

    my favorite essential oil is the peppermint…when I mix it with a little olive oil and rub it on my sore muscles it works wonders!

  9. says

    I love peppermint oil! The only other two oils I’ve used are Tea Tree and Lavender. I’m currently studying essential oils and purchasing a new one whenever I can. I’m almost out of peppermint right now so this would be an awesome prize to win!!

  10. says

    I just received a gift of peppermint bath oils from a friend today! I have not used it before, but just smelling the pepperminty aroma alone made me happy and think of Christmas and good times!!

  11. Vanessa says

    I’m gearing up to jointhe world of Young Living, myself. I can attest to the effectiveness. Thieves oil single-handely just cured tonsillitis I had in a day! That has never happened before. I’ve always needed antibiotics. I’m a fan for life!

  12. Heather says

    I am relatively new on my essential oil journey, as well. Peppermint has actually been really useful when I’m out of Panaway, for neck and foot pain. Also, I’ve not yet used it as such, but I have a friend who swears by it for diffusing it when her son has an asthma flare up.

    Also, for about a month now I have been applying Thieves with a carrier oil to my kids feet each night, and it seems to have helped ward off some of the illness that’s even going around

  13. chandra says

    I use essential oils for my laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, remedies, and soap making. Have heard many good things about Young Living Oils. Would love to win some.

  14. Heather Opay says

    I absolutely love young living oils. I use peppermint to soothe my stomach. Stress relief to help wind down. Lavender in laundry, for falling asleep. Thieves in my vaporizer to clean the air.

  15. says

    Peppermint, when used with lavender, has helped me daughter tremendously with car sickness. She just needs a little of the aroma and it eases her stomach. It is wonderful!

  16. Judy says

    I have loved using peppermint oil for a number of reasons, but one thing I have used it for is for making carpet deodorizer. I will add a few drops to baking soda, shake it up really well to distribute and sprinkle on my carpet before vacuuming. Leaves a wonderful refreshing smell and also sends insects and spiders scampering; they do not like peppermint oil. It really is a wonderful essential oil.

  17. Jannelle Hurney says

    I’ve tried a few and am still learning. My friend uses peppermint oil to deter insects,like ants and spiders, from entering her house.

  18. Gloria says

    Theives oil in a diffuser to clear up sinuses, rubbed on skin clear up a rash, rubbed on neck and soles of feet to get rid of a sore throat/cold, tea tree oil mixed with water to get rid of mold during humid weather, peppermint oil mixed with water and sprayed around doors and windows to get rid of spiders.

  19. Alison M iller says

    To be honest, I have very limited experience with essential oils. I, however, resolved to learn more about essential oils this year and to incorporate them into my daily life. As of yet, the only experimentations I have tried with these oils were in a blend to help with my husband’s snoring, which has worked miracles thus far. I look forward to learning more and trying new oils.

  20. kimber says

    If I have a stuffed nose, I put some wintergreen on one hand, orange oil on the other, rub them together and then go to bed. My nose clears up and I sleep much better!

  21. Kristen says

    We use peppermint almost every day! For my husband’s stomach issues and for our stuffy sinus problems, for muscle aches and more. We have been using essential oils for our health for about 3 or 4 months now.

  22. Melissa says

    I recently bought my first essential oils through DoTerra and am loving learning more about them through your blog posts and newsletter.

  23. Rachel O says

    my first experience with essential oils was curing my babys ear infections. its been a fun adventure from there. with peppermint being my absolute favorite!

  24. Janna Hubbard says

    I use Lavender Oil and Patchouli in coconut oil to make Insect Repellent. I’m really looking forward to expanding my knowledge of Essential Oils this year! I’ve also just recently started making my own toothpaste and peppermint oil is supposed to be great for it!

  25. Lydia Clopton says

    I just mixed some tea tree EO and turmeric powder in coconut oil for my son’s skin. I’m thinking it would help with eczema.

  26. Carleen Lensch says

    Peppermint would be the one oil I couldn’t live without! I love it, and use it for exactly the 5 reasons you indicated above.

  27. Marie says

    I currently have a lower grade peppermint that I use to keep away spiders. I would love to try, rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses and on the back of the neck to relieve headaches.

  28. chris says

    I am new to oils. I used the less expensive brands years ago to fragrance homemade beauty products. At the time I did not know the health benefits. I am rediscovering the world of quality oils now. Can’t wait to get started.

  29. says

    I use oils frequently but would like to use them more. I mix up a blend to fill my office (home office) with energy boosting properties when I’m working. I have a wonderful diffuser that I purchased from DoTerra.

  30. Elva says

    I use lots of lavender for calming and peppermint for respiratory issues and also for stomach issues. But, recently ran out of peppermint! ;(

  31. Kathy says

    I have used essential oils for years! I love them and use them for making my own beauty and cleaning products. i also use them in recipes and as air fresheners.
    I have never tried Young Living oils, though, and this would be my chance to do that!

  32. says

    I love peppermint oil in lotion that I rub on my legs & feet. It’s very invigorating-especially if lotion is cool & it’s a hot summer’s day/night! Love peppermint in tea as well! I would sooo love to win this week’s oil!

  33. Elizabeth says

    I use many essential oils for all sorts of benefits, and peppermint is the one I use the most often. I use it to clear my sinus, to soothe sore muscles, to freshen my breath, to energize and focus myself before a yoga practice. I also use it in my shampoo and bath soaps. It’s lovely!

  34. Julie says

    I love Young Living Essential Oils! Peppermint is by far my FAVORITE! I carry it with me at all times. Being someone who WAS prone to stomach issues, no more since finding this AMAZING Oil. It’s also a “pick me up”..feeling a little down, just breath in a drop and you will feel totally refreshed and ready to go!
    One drop will also clear up a fever blister, both my husband and I had this wonderful experience last month…one drop that’s all it took!

  35. Carrie says

    I would love to have the peppermint oil. As I am pregnant, i cannot use pain relievers for headaches, so the peppermint oil would be great to have!

  36. Marsha Browne says

    I have used peppermint oil for help in breathing when I had asthma. I have also used it just to refresh myself. It is one of my favorite oils!

  37. Jen says

    I don’t have a ton of experience with EOs, but have concocted our own tick repellent with eucalyptus, used tea tree in the bath for sick children, cleaned counters with grapefruit, and whipped up deserts with peppermint.

  38. Jenna says

    I currently use essential oils (my favorites being lavender & tea tree) but really want to learn more about them and all of their uses!

  39. SandyN says

    We love essential oils!! We regularly use thieves in the cold/flu season, and lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, sweet orange, tea tree, and lemon year-round.

  40. Tracy S. says

    I have been studying and using essential oils for the past several months. I have a rare nerve disorder that causes me immense pain, so between surgeries, medications and frustration with not receiving relief or answers I turned to using essential oils. I still have much to learn, but I am happy to begin taking my health care, as well as my family’s care into my own hands.

  41. Susan says

    Tea Tree, Lemon and Lavender are staple oils in my house! I use them almost every day from house hold cleaning to health. I really want to add more oils to my collection!

  42. says

    I used to buy peppermint oil for headaches or tei-fu oil. Breathe it in after rubbing a drop on my palms helped open my sinuses or rub it on my forehead right where it hurt or put some on the back of my tongue

  43. Gina says

    I would keep a bottle of peppermint at my desk at work for all those little emergencies…headaches, mid-day slump, and to freshen the breath!

  44. Clara Contreras says

    I just started using essential oils and what a coincidence that peppermint oil was the first one I used. Earlier this week I had a sore neck and shoulder and my husband gave me a massage using peppermint oil. It was truly amazing how much better I felt.

  45. says

    I am rather new to essential oils, and have really only used tea tree oil – but I love it! I’d really like to branch out and start making my own soaps, lotions, shampoos, etc. If I were lucky enough to win the Peppermint Essential oil, I have a recipe for toothpaste powder I would LOVE to try! Thanks for having a give-away…here’s hoping! :-)

  46. Sara says

    I just went to a YL class / party a few days ago, can’t wait to start using them and learn more ! Peppermint is wonderful for so many things, would love to win this !

  47. Sheila says

    I recently started using essential oils for freshening my home and removing cooking scents-roasting broccoli and Brussels sprouts is not the scent I want for my home!

  48. Cynthia says

    I use essential oils for sinus problems. A couple drops of eucalyptus and rosemary oil in hot water and steam. Works great! I also use a mixture of oils on my lymph nodes from Trilight. smells great.

  49. Nikki Dalton says

    I love Essential Oils. Peppermint & Lavender do wonders for my sinus & tension headaches. Mix them with a carrier oil & rub on the spots that hurt. Sometimes I have to repeat every 15 minutes to get the bad ones to go away. Be careful not to get in eyes though!

  50. vanessa says

    I have used a blend to help with headaches, and used peppermint to help clear sinuses. I love essential oils. I think they not only can help what ails us, but can also help uplift our mood as well.

  51. Gail says

    Like you I’m new to essential oils, but I am eager to learn more about them and use them in my home-made solutions!! Right now I have a large tub of home made laundry detergent, and I know the oils have been mentioned in other recipes I’ve jotted down. It would be nice to make some of them!

  52. Beth M. says

    I’m new to oils but I’ve had incredible luck with peppermint getting rid of my headaches! My husband has already removed a mole with oregano. I’m loving these oils!

  53. says

    New to it!! I also want to make 2014 a year to start using and experimenting with essential oils. First tackle is to ditch the liquid softener & dryer sheets and make those homemade yarn balls with drops of lavender oil. 😀

  54. Sonia says

    I like using ylang ylang to scent the boudoir and to put in my bathwater. I also like using lemon in my drinking water. I have used tea tree oil to treat sick fish in my aquarium.

  55. says

    I got here from googling a recipe. Funny though, I just got a new essential oil blend (like, got the mail a few hours ago, just got it) and I was just thinking how much I love the smell of peppermint. I’m just starting to venture into essential oils and I’m excited!

  56. Addison Poarch says

    I recently ran out of peppermint oil due to having a stuffy nose. I love to put it on first thing in the morning and I can breathe instantly!

  57. Kelly says

    Trying to learn more about essential oils. Know of any good books or websites that can help? The only one I’ve used so far is RC this winter when I was sick. Cleared up my cold in 2 days flat! Worked great on my 4 year old also!

  58. Rebecca Price says

    My mother uses essential oils for everything, and I’m trying to learn how to use them in conjunction with Ayurvedic medicine. I think essential oils are just that — *essential* to our lives and healthy living!

  59. D.E. says

    I love using essential oils in my DIY deep conditioners, body oil mixes and air fresheners. I plan to try to make a body butter (hope I can find a suitable container) later today. Peppermint essential oil has been on my list of EO to buy but due to the price I have to pace myself with purchases. I would love to try Peppermint Oil, I know I love the tea!
    Thanks for this Giveaway!

  60. Julie says

    Peppermint Oil is my favorite of all the Young Living Oils! If you ever get a Fever Blister, apply one drop of Peppermint Oil on it and it will be gone within 12 – 24 hours. You may want to apply one drop 2 times within a 12 hour period. It works! Had my first Young Living Party at my house yesterday, introduced and signed up 9 new friends to YL!!

  61. Rachel Horn says

    I’m new to the EO lifestyle. So far, I am truly seeing the benefits. I would love to become more knowledgeable and experiment with different EOs in the near future.

  62. says

    I have not used oils but I did attend a talk about them at a conference this fall. The speaker also sold braclets and necklaces with charms, like the prayer box charms, that one could put a little cotton, a few drops of oil and wear. I have a prayer box necklace and thought I’d give it a try but haven’t acted on the idea:(

  63. Renee says

    I am learning about Essential Oils and recently purchased my first diffuser which I LOVE! I have a few oils which I have been experimenting with.

  64. Megs says

    LOVE essential oils, I use them for just about everything. I often have some in my office, my purse, my bathroom and kitchen – oh and beside my bed. They just “feel” good.

  65. says

    I’m looking for a healthier approach for our needs. The more I read the more I see going back to our roots is the best way for us to live. I’ve also been learning not all oils are the same and would love to win peppermint :)

  66. Barb says

    One of the first things I did with EO was to put a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and placed it it the trunk of my car to discourage a recuring rodent problem.

  67. Beth Jones says

    I’ve heard good things about this particular Peppermint. I’d love to see how its different from other peppermints out there.


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