Peppermint essential oil was one of the first oils I purchased to begin my wellness journey. It has so many uses, from skin care to cleaning to mental alertness.
I hadn’t read *too* much about the power of essential oils before getting it in the mail (please keep in mind this was a good decade ago), and I was just SO excited to become ‘oily’ that I opened it up, unscrewed the top, and added a healthy number of drops to my husband’s coffee as a sweet surprise to his morning.
Oh. NO. Surprise it was.
That poor man.
I don’t know how he’s come to trust me with my experiments on him after the burning, coughing, heartburn, all-around-bad experience that left in his brain.
Fortunately, this taught me very early on the importance of reading usage guidelines and safety…even with natural things. Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe or can be used however you fancy.
Peppermint essential oil is one of my top five favorite oils to have on hand, but it doesn’t come without caution. ESPECIALLY since I have two girls under the age of 3 at home.
Keep reading to see how you can use peppermint safely on the daily and what you NEED TO KNOW if you have your own littles under foot.
In this post we’ll cover:
- The basic science behind peppermint essential oil
- Proper dilution rates
- Where to buy peppermint oil & other natural ingredients
- An amazing resource that has over 400 herbs & essential oil recipes that you can easily make at home.
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Peppermint Essential Oil Overview
- Peppermint Latin name: Mentha piperita
- Plant part: Leaves & buds
- Method: Steam distillation
- Smells minty, fresh, and very potent
Blending Peppermint with other Essential Oils:
- Combines beautifully with basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree
Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits:
- Antiseptic, encourages skin cell regrowth, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-depressant, sedative, muscular relaxant
- Translation: Calms stress, great for skin care, muscle pains, and cleaning (home and body)
Peppermint Essential Oil Uses:
- Cuts, burns, eczema, insect bites, headaches, insomnia, arthritis, anxiety, rashes, muscle aches, acne, and more
Peppermint Essential Oil Cautions:
- Do not use in high doses before bedtime (acts as a natural stimulant if above a 1% dilution)
- Do not use if you have epilepsy
Peppermint Essential Oil & the Natural Mama:
- Do NOT use peppermint essential oil while pregnant (may cause uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or preterm labor)
- Do NOT use peppermint essential oil while nursing (has been reported to decrease milk supply)
- Use Peppermint essential oil with CAUTION on and around children (may cause breathing problems and neurological disorders)
- Avoid completely with children 3 years old and under
- 0.5% dilution for 3 years to 6 years (for topical use or diffusion)
- 1% dilution for 6 years to 12 years
- 2% dilution for 12-adult
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Essential Oil Dilution Basics
What does it mean to dilute?
Diluting anything means that you are lowering the concentration of a liquid by adding another liquid to it so that it is thinner/weaker than when by itself.
For our current conversation, a 1% essential oil dilution on children 2 to 6 years old would measure out to be 3 drops of EO in a 10mL bottle of carrier oil (the most popular roller size). A little goes a long way, and diluting does not decrease the effectiveness of an essential oil.
Essential oils must be diluted to be used safely and comfortably on the skin. A typical healthy adult can use a 2% dilution on the daily…that small number speaks volumes about the strength and power of one little drop of oil.
It’s real, legit medicine straight from nature.
By diluting an essential oil, you are spreading the molecules out so that they can be absorbed into the skin safely and easily (thus allowing them to get into your bloodstream and do some cool science).
What do you dilute essential oils with?
Essential oils can be added to mannnnyyyy different types of base recipes to create personal care products such as lip balm, soap, lotion bars, facial serums, etc.
However, most natural family DIY aromatherapy and essential oil use is done by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil and applying it with a roller bottle.
A carrier oil is a base (usually a vegetable oil) that is used to dilute essential oils and they carry the essential oils into the skin. Aptly named, yeah? Our favorite five are Apricot Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.
Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca) is a carrier oil made from the seeds of apricots. A light oil that provides moisture to sensitive skin; spreads easily and quickly absorbed (great for babies and mature skin).
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) is an oil made from the kernel (the white part) of mature coconuts. Skin moisturizer, slight SPF, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (all-around awesome).
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera) is an oil pressed from the crushed seeds of grapes after they have been de-juiced in the wine making process (quick ‘YAY for wine’!). Can help regulate your natural oil production; a gentle and light oil on the skin that is easily absorbed.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) is actually a liquid wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This ‘oil’ is not greasy and non-allergenic, safely used around the eyes and on the skin. Incredibly similar to the oil our skin naturally produces so it is quickly and easily absorbed, making it a wonderful carrier for essential oils.
sweet almond oil
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) is an oil that is extracted from the dry kernels of sweet (edible) almonds. Rich in Vitamin E, proteins, and numerous minerals and vitamins. This oil is easily absorbed and can be used on sensitive skin without blocking pores.
How Do You Dilute Essential Oils?
How much you dilute not only depends on the age and health of the individual, but also the type of oil you are using. Hot oils (such as cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, lemongrass) that warm your skin upon application will have much, much lower dilution rates than a floral oil such as lavender.
There are exceptions to every rule, and essential oils are no different. In certain cases, you can use a higher dilution rate for spot treatments, pains, and other non-daily applications (such as bug bites or burns). Speak to your doctor or aromatherapist for dilution and frequency recommendations for your particular situation.
With the above disclaimers being said, you can use the chart below as a general guideline for many essential oils on a healthy individual after doing a spot test to check for any sensitivities or allergies.
Where Do You Buy Peppermint Essential Oil?
Rocky Mountain Oils. Do yourself a favor and BOOKMARK that site! Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) is the only essential oil company that we partner with for multiple reasons:
- They have amazing educational resources on their website, several of which are specifically for mommas and kids. *
- Rocky Mountain Oils is NOT an MLM company, which means their prices are lower than other well-known essential oil companies and their employees are treated and paid fairly.
- They have free shipping on all U.S. orders.
- There is a loyalty rewards program , so you get more bang for your buck on future purchases.
- They have a S.A.A.F.E. program that guarantees PURE and NATURAL oils that they test TWICE for authenticity.
- RMO has other natural living products available, such as supplements, diffusers, carrier oils, and more.
- Check out what they have to offer here: https://www.rockymountainoils.com
Herbs & Essential Oil Recipes, Tutorials, and Resources
Now that you have the background behind peppermint and are wanting to use it everywhere and on everything (we’re right there with ya!), you may need a little more direction depending on your experience and background.
While the dilution chart above can DEFINITELY get you started with diffusing and basic aromatherapy, the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle is an amazing downloadable package that contains over 400 recipes.
There is SO MUCH the bundle includes that, to be honest, you’re not going to use all of it. However, the price is so dang low that even if you only reference a couple of the eBooks it is still TOTALLY worth the cost.
Here are just a few examples that you’ll find value in if you’ve read down this far already:
Using Essential Oils for Natural Body Care
How to Make Natural Soap
Cooking with Herbs and Essential Oils
DIY Herbal First Aid Kit
Natural Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum
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