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10 Helpful Uses of Peppermint

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photo credit: Michaelwhay,  EtsyEtsyDrSwan

  1. Start your day off with a zip in your step and add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shower floor, this is sure to pick you up and open your eyes!
  2. Add 12 drops of peppermint oil per 1 ounce of skin care oil and massage aching muscles.
  3. Add a little boggie to your step and add 2 drops on the bottom of your socks while dressing.
  4. For those sleepy mornings, diffuse while driving to remain alert.
  5. For extra production at work diffuse at your desk and work work work!
  6. Need an extra “moment” to boost yourself-inhale and breathe 5 times. Inhale for 5 seconds, exhale for 8.
  7. Peppermint, when applied topically, has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak.
  8. Looking to freshen your bathroom? Mix 6 drops per 1 oz of water and spritz for a minty freshness.
  9. To bring energy to your yoga work out mix 6 drops per 1ounce of water to your yoga mat.
  10. Always great for a quick pick up in tea, and has been known to help memory and irritable bowel syndrome.

I am really hard on my feet and I go barefoot as shoe of choice so every now and then a foot scrub is just what my achy feet need! Not only is peppermint is considered an invigorating scent in aromatherapy but in a foot scrub and it exfoliates dead skin  nourishing the skin and creating a refreshing tingle. Peppermint also has mild antiseptic, antifungal and deodorizing which is on a “good thing” list for the feet!


1c Epsom salt

½ c baking soda

½ c dried peppermint leaves

Peppermint essential oil

Unscented liquid castile soap



Combine the Epsom salt, baking soda and peppermint leaves in the large bowl. Mix the ingredients together with your hands.

Use plastic gloves to keep the essential oil fragrance off of your hands.

Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Mix it into the bowl and test the scent. If you want a stronger scent, add 10 more drops and mix again.

Continue adding oil, mixing and testing until you reach the desired scent.

Pour enough liquid castile soap into the bowl to make a thick paste.

Transfer the paste to an air-tight plastic container. Store the foot scrub in a cool, dry place.


What do you use peppermint for? Love to know if it is something not on the list!

If you liked this post and want to find out more on other herbs and aromatherapy check out 12 uses for calming with lavender


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  1. I love the smell of peppermint. This morning my son was asking everyone in the car these questions out of a game box. One question was if you could wake up to the same smell every morning, what would it be? My answer would be peppermint. I can’t remember the exact ingredients but I recall someone making me a drink with sugar syrup, peppermint, lime juice, water, and ice. It was pretty good.

  2. Oh, I can’t forget… this week we have been crushing up the peppermint candies and putting them in our hot chocolate! My kids love it.

  3. Love! Love! Love!

  4. Love these tips! I use peppermint oil almost daily now that I have discovered it! I diffuse it in my office and when I need a serious pick me up, I rub a drop between my hands, cup my hands around my face and breath gently…talk about a pick me up! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I keep, Peppermint, lavender and lemon by my bed at night. I use the lemon when I get up in the morning with my water. I love your ideas.

  6. Oh I love the tip about putting peppermint in the shower in the morning! When I have a headache, I rub a few drops on my forehead and behind my ears and I get lovely, tingling relief!

  7. Great article and ideas Shelley and I love peppermint! I like to add it to my tea to give me an extra pick-me-up!

  8. I love your site Shelley! It’s almost like you can just let out a big sigh of relief looking at all of the visuals!
    I had no idea about the peppermint – I’m just starting to get into this whole essential oil thing – not sure I am a believer yet, but certainly appreciate your suggestions.

  9. Peppermint! Love it and love your Blog.

  10. So many wonderful ideas about uses of pepermint Shelley! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  11. Peppermint is so invigorating. You provided some great uses that I had not thought of but to add to it It’s also helpful to drumroll please………….curbing your appetite!

    I know. Shocker right? I actually read about it a while back and didn’t believe it. Then I realized whenever I had anything peppermint I didn’t have the desire to eat junk afterward.

  12. I *love* peppermint. I have always liked the smell, but when I discovered that using peppermint oil can help to head-off or alleviate my migraines, I was sold. I use a peppermint lotion that has real peppermint oil as an ingredient and rub it on my temples, forehead and the back of my neck. Sometimes I apply it carefully to the bridge of my nose.

    We have also used it with success on mosquito bites and stinging nettle rashes. My children even ask for peppermint when congested.

    • I’m beginning to think it’s the wonder herb lol! :)

    • Oh yes for headaches it’s amazing. If you can stand it, peppermint essential oil direct to your temples, back of the neck and middle of the forehead is most effective. I even use it to open up my nasal passages at night. My bedroom gets really hot and my nasal passages inevitably always close up.

  13. Fantastic uses. Thanks! Am going to try the yoga mat one…

  14. Love the article Shelley! My wife loves peppermint as she adds a few leaves to her breakfast smoothie every morning. I will pass the info on to her as I know she will enjoy.

  15. This is awesome….my shoes of choice are the same as yours…I also have started a new exercise regime so I am sure it will com in handy for achy muscles too :) This is awesome. Love tom learn about essential oils:)

  16. Lorii Abela says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. Lorii at

  17. Once upon a time, peppermint was my only candy of choice. Fresh and soothing! I will try that bath experience!

  18. Carol Giambri says:

    Love this post and reading others comments. Didn’t realize peppermint was this valuable. Thanks for the helpful information. Always love finding ways to stay away from doctors.

  19. I love the different uses of peppermint. It also works well on upset tummies!

  20. Thanks for the great tips! I love the smell of peppermint!

  21. Love it – Great tips! x0x
    Norma Doiron @ the LEARNED Preneur ╰☆╮

  22. Thanks for the tips, peppermint is such a great pick me up. I’m looking forward to the foot scrub, I actually have all of those ingredients on hand! I’ve bought it in the past, but really like making my own (never had a recipe before!) Peppermint foot scrub is fun for kids and very nice on dirty little boys with smelly feet!