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Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

The well known benefits of peppermint essential oil has helped increase the popularity of essential oils over recent years!

Peppermint oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant - an aromatic herb from the mint family that can be used for a variety of different purposes.

Menthol is the most natural element in the Peppermint leaves giving its noticeable cooling sensation. Peppermint essential oil has a distinct odour which is sharp and refreshing and its taste is similar. Alongside Lavender it is one of the most popular diffuser essential oils at home and work.

Peppermint Oil Uses: 

Because of its versatility peppermint oil is one of the most popular oils worldwide. It can be used as: 

  • Flavouring in foods and dental hygiene products 
  • Dispersed in a diffuser to help with nausea, coughs and colds 
  • Topical application for relief from muscle pain, headaches and itching 
  • Fragrance added to soaps and cosmetic products 


Peppermint leaves are extracted to form essential oils that are commonly used to apply on skin as a remedy for headaches or migraines. Because of it’s cooling menthol, it relaxes the muscle and eases pain. The best way to apply the peppermint oil is to the temples and forehead to relieve tension or pain. 


Peppermint is extremely popular when used as an air freshener with essential oils. It is certain to freshen up any room or your car through a car diffuser. It is a natural and eco-friendly deodoriser and room cleaner. Simply pop a few drops inside your aroma diffuser and let nature do the work for you. Using it this way can also help clear airways, reduce coughs and fevers and encourage productivity as it gives you a quick “pick me up” and increased energy. 


Research has suggested peppermint oil may act as an antimicrobial that reduces the risk of infection caused by bites or stings. They call it a true skin saver! Simply wash the affected area of your skin with soap and clean water and apply the peppermint oil. You will instantly feel a soothing, calming feeling and relief from itching or infection. This is also one of the benefits of grapefruit essential oil.


One of the most popular remedies to treat symptoms such as congestion or cold is peppermint oil in an oil diffuser. It may even help bring down fever. Although over-the-counter medications provide options, menthol is the simplest home remedy to moderate flu-like symptoms. It can also used as cough drops to help relief a sore throat. 


Something we will all be familiar with is Peppermint being used to flavour candies, tea, breath-mints, and other food. Peppermint oil has been shown to fight against bad breath and is considered one the best natural oils for this which is why it is so popular in edible products.  


Something we always stress is essential oils are safely used in low doses and should be used with care. We always suggest consulting your family doctor regarding use of our essential oils around babies and pregnancy and suggest contacting your local vet if you are considering using around pets especially cats and dogs as some oils can be toxic.  

Shannon Willoughby

Shannon Willoughby is the founder of Aromarrr NZ, holds a commercial pilots license and a former World Champion NZ Black Fern (women's rugby). Suffering a stroke at the age of only 32, Shannon beat the odds and not only returned to rugby but received her aviation medical back after being told she would never fly again. After the stroke, Shannon turned to aromatherapy to help sleep which led her to discover the amazing results of aromatherapy diffusers and essential oils. Shannon has since been certified in using essential oils for natural living. A 2017 IWF Global Women Athlete's Business Network member, Shannon is now part of the IWF NZ Founding Committee.

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