35 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Essential Oil

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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29. Flea and Tick Repellant

While we’re on the subject of bugs, let’s not leave out our 4-legged friends. Cats and dogs can absorb oils through their fur, but since they are (usually) small, any application will need to be heavily diluted. You can use the below DIY recipe for your dogs and other large animals. Spray their coat every 2-7 days, depending on how often you brush and bathe your pet.

You’ll Need:

  • 6 – 7 drops each of:
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Thyme essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Citronella essential oils

Instructions:

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  1. 8 oz. glass spray bottle for storage and application
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water and shake well before spraying

Cats, in particular, are very sensitive due to their small size, so you can’t spray their coat directly. Instead, if you find your cat has fleas or ticks, dip the comb you’re using to remove them in the above solution (2x dilution) before brushing through their fur.

30. Anti-Fungal

Peppermint is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal (28). Use a peppermint oil spray anywhere you may be concerned about fungus growth. You could spray everything from shoes and closet space to plants in your garden.

Peppermint oil is also a particularly strong and gentle alternative for toenail fungus. Apply to your toenails and the bottom of your feet daily as a preventative treatment. To treat an existing fungal infection, you can apply several times per day. Dilute as necessary for sensitive skin.

31. DIY bathroom Spray

Everyone uses the bathroom, but not everyone needs to smell what happens in there. Rather than spending money on expensive toilet sprays, make your own essential oil spray for a fraction of the price.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

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  • Water
  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
  • 30 drops essential oils (lemongrass, peppermint, and orange work well)
  • 1 mini spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine the ingredients and shake it up.
  2. Simply spray the toilet water before doing your business to keep odors at a minimum. Make one to keep in your purse for when you use public restrooms too!

32. Sugar scrub

A peppermint oil sugar scrub is both relaxing and rejuvenating – especially when used on your feet! You’ll reap all of the antibacterial and antifungal benefits while exfoliating your skin. This recipe is also a perfect gift to give to a friend or family member for an at-home spa experience.

Just combine all ingredients in a leak-proof glass container:

  • ½ cup organic cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 5-7 drops of peppermint oil
  • Optional: 5 drops lemon and/or lavender oil

33. Rodent repellent

The only difference between repelling insects and rodents with peppermint oil is the amount needed. Since rodents are obviously bigger, you’ll need to almost soak cotton balls in the oil before placing them around your home. Use 5-10 drops on each cotton ball and place them where mice are most likely to enter your home.

34. UTI

As mentioned earlier, peppermint oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Herbalists and alternative medicine practitioners use peppermint leaves and peppermint essential oil to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) (29). Scientists are currently conducting studies to identify why it works for UTIs.

Due to peppermint oil’s stimulating effect on skin, it’s not advised to apply peppermint oil directly on your nether regions. Instead, drink peppermint oil with water or tea, use a couple of drops in bathwater, and apply a compress with peppermint oil on your abdomen above the bladder.

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35. Decrease breast milk production (weaning)

The ingestion or topical use of just about anything mint while breastfeeding is not recommended as it is known to cause a decrease in milk production. Avoiding minty foods and drinks can be very inconvenient when a mother is still lactating. However, when mom and/or baby are ready to wean, using peppermint oil can help speed up the process.

There are not currently any published studies that indicate how or why peppermint seems to have this effect on milk production (30). The knowledge and experience of countless mothers over the last millennia reiterates the saying “mother knows best” (31).

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