How To Use Peppermint Oil
Why Is This Important?
Peppermint oil can be used in numerous ways. How to use peppermint oil best really depends on your desired outcome and area of focus.
As with any pure essential oil however, it is really important to follow safe guidance on dosing as provided below…
How To Use Peppermint Oil – Basic options
There are a number of different options available, depending on your personal circumstances and what is most convenient.
These can be listed as follows –
Automated Diffuser. An electronic diffuser often used at night or at home. You add your essential oil to the diffuser and let it quietly infuse the air around you with a very gentle scent of peppermint.
Oil With Burner. Similar effect to the diffused, but requires constant supervision as represents a fire risk. Also generates some smoke that could irritate asthmatics.
Ingest As Capsules. Providing you buy these from a reputable supplier, they should be both safe and approved by local food safety standards.
Applied locally by mixing with a ‘carrier’ oil. Pure peppermint essential oil could burn your skin, so you dilute it down with another oil to ensue safety.
How To Use Peppermint Oil – Doses And Most Effective Treatment Methods…
For Migraines/ Headaches
There are several basic methods that are really effective here for treating migraines/ headaches.
One is to make a solution with approx. 10% peppermint essential oil and the remainder a carrier oil such as almond oil. This can applied sparingly to a tissue or cotton wool and rubbed gently on your forehead.
A second option is to add essential oil to an aromatic diffuser that will mix the oil with water into a fine mist that disperses the oil as a fine vapour.
A third option is to use peppermint essential oil in your bath. BUT…. Remember the 3 rules –
- Run the bath first.
- Mix 3-10 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil.
- Be careful of a slippery bath floor. Check out our article on using essential oils in the bath for a fuller discussion.
A fourth option offered by some is to open a bottle of peppermint oil and just directly inhaling by taking a deep breath in. This however is far from prefect as you cant measure doses and too little will achieve nothing but clearing your nose, while overdosing can be very dangerous.
As you’ll notice, the best way to receive the oils revolves around either inhaling or direct application to the head if it’s migraines or headaches that you are looking to treat.
This is because it allows the menthol content of peppermint essential oil to work fastest on the problem and is ultimately how to use peppermint oil in this instance.
For Digestive Problems
In this case, it’s always best to ingest the peppermint oil. This could be done as a capsule or a carefully prepared cup of peppermint tea….. Either way it is generally recommended not to have more than 0.4ml (or 1,200mg) of oil in capsules up to three times a day. (American Family Physician)
For Muscular Problems
There was not a huge amount of evidence behind the value of peppermint oil for muscular pain, so our normal recommendation of diluting with a carrier oil and rubbing on the affected muscle is not really relevant, unless you ae mixing it with lavender oil and a carrier.
However, there was good evidence that it had a relaxing effect on your bronchiol smooth muscle, which provided moe oxygen to the blood, cleared the lungs and improved athletic performance.
For some condition such as fibromyalgia or arthritis, where activity and more specifically staying active is a key treatment principle, peppermint oil could make a difference.
In this case however, inhaling the peppermint – either through a diffuser or a bath would be the most successful, since you want the fumes to reach your lungs as easily as possible since that is where the benefit will come from
For pure peppermint oil, it is very important that you always dilute with a carrier oil (even when having a both), unless you are using a diffuser. Any pure essential oil has the potential to burn you if not diluted.
Cautions/ Side Effects.
Please see our article on ‘side effects of peppermint oil’.
Of particular note should be the warnings to avoid peppermint essential oil completely if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and never give it to infants of children under 6 years old.
The Final Word –
Hopefully, that has helped to show you both the importance of altering your method of delivery according to your goal and also how easy it is apply and enjoy.
Check out our other articles on essential oils to make sure you get the full pain relieving benefits of the essential oils.
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References Used –
1. Benjamin Kliger and Sapna Chaudhary. Peppermint Oil. American Family Physician.