Peppermint Essential Oil: Headache Relieving and Uplifting


Peppermint essential oil is uplifting, headache relieving, antimicrobial and even repels insects! Who would have thought that the scent that reminds us of candy canes could do so much?

Emotional Reminder: Happiness!

Peppermint is a happy scent and its uplifting smell has been making people happy for centuries. Peppermint is a warming oil with a cooling effect and this play of opposites makes it a great oil to diffuse in a room with a wide range of people. Diffuse this oil whenever a little happiness is needed.

Honey, I’ve Got A Headache…

Peppermint has been shown to be effective against headaches, even migraines. In several studies, Peppermint essential oil was applied to the temples or neck of people suffering from headaches and the duration as well as the discomfort was lessened. In the clinical trials, Peppermint essential oil was suspended in ethanol (a form of alcohol) and applied to the affected areas. It is believed that the cooling effect of the oil evaporating helped to lessen the pain and discomfort from headaches.

Product Hack: Our EO® Peppermint Hand Sanitizer Spray is made of organic ethanol and Peppermint essential oil. Spray some on a cotton ball and rub it on your temples or at the base of your neck when you’re suffering from a headache. The cooling sensation may help relieve your discomfort!

Mosquito’s Natural Enemy

Peppermint essential oil has been shown to repel and even kill mosquitos. In addition to its ability to keep the little pests away, Peppermint is also anti-inflammatory it can help relieve swelling from mosquito bites too. It’s a great oil to take camping and its fresh scent will brighten up any campsite. You can use cotton balls as easy diffusers, just drop 15-20 drops of essential oil on cotton balls and place them around the campsite or around your garden. Don’t forget to pick them up when you’re done!

Essential Oil Bug Spray

20 drops Rosemary
20 drops Peppermint
4 oz. Distilled Water
4 oz. Vodka

Mix in a spray bottle and use as a bug spray. Reapply as needed, every couple hours is recommended.

Fresh Breath

Minty fresh is a term we all know and use, what’s fresher than the scent of bright mint? Peppermint essential oil is a common ingredient in many of the toothpastes, mouthwashes and breath sprays on the market today. Peppermint is used as a flavoring so commonly that when people smell Peppermint essential oil they often are reminded of candy canes or toothpaste! Here at EO, we use Peppermint in our Breath Spray and we all agree, it’s definitely refreshing! Even more than its refreshing scent, Peppermint has been shown to be effective against common germs that are found in the mouth.

Peppermint for Skin & Hair

Because Peppermint is both anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, it is an excellent skin care ingredient. Using a Peppermint on your skin can be invigorating and cooling. Peppermint is also an excellent hair care oil, its cooling and refreshing effect can be quite enjoyable. One study even showed Peppermint essential oil to be effective in hair regrowth! Use a shampoo or conditioner with Peppermint or add a few drops of the essential oil to any hair product for an invigorating and cooling experience.

Minty Hair Rinse

15 drops Peppermint
1/2 cup Vinegar

Mix together and pour through hair after shampoo and conditioner for an invigorating and shine-enhancing rinse! Follow with the coldest water you can stand and enjoy shiny, fresh hair all day.

Fun Facts

  • Peppermint is used to flavor candy canes which have been a favorite sweet for centuries!
  • Peppermint tea is often used as a remedy for an upset stomach
  • Peppermint Pattie is a Charlie Brown character as well as a famous mint and chocolate candy
  • The ‘pepper’ in Peppermint refers to the pungent and sharp scent

Important Stuff

  • We do not promote the use of essential oils to heal, treat or replace treatment for any ailments. Please see a medical professional for medical advice. Essential oils are meant to support a healthy lifestyle and make your world smell amazing.
  • Essential oils are plants. If you are allergic to a plant you will be allergic to its essential oil! If you experience any allergic reaction please discontinue use immediately and seek the advice of your medical professional.
  • Essential oils are extremely concentrated! Never put them on your skin undiluted. Always use a carrier oil before applying to your skin.
  • Most essential oils are not good for kids or pregnant moms. Check with a medical professional before using them if you are pregnant, nursing or using them on your children.