Peppermint essential oil is a mix between two different types of mint: water mint and spearmint. It is grown in both Europe and North America, but has been used for thousands of years in Greece, Egypt, and Rome, and its most common purpose is to aid in medicinal health purposes. Peppermint oil is one of the most concentrated essential oils on the market, so it is known to have effects that are more intense than other popular oils. It is also known as a cooling oil due to the fact that the plant contains heavy natural doses of menthol. 


Peppermint can be used in two ways, and depending on how it is used reflects the benefits and results. If taken as a dietary supplement, studies have shown that it helps irritable bowel syndrome as well as other digestive issues. But, the benefits of peppermint when used in the form of an oil differs from that when used as a supplement. 

Here are the most common benefits of peppermint essential oil:

  • Eases headaches
  • Helps muscle aches and cramps 
  • Eases itching 
  • Helps with breathing and airflow
  • Reduces inflammation 
  • Antiviral and antibacterial
  • Eases congestion
  • Clears sinuses 
  • Stress relief
  • Increase energy and alertness
  • Treats dandruff 
  • Freshens the air

The most common side effects of peppermint oil are headaches, skin reactions, and heartburn. 


Peppermint oil is a surprisingly great oil if your home is infested with ants. Simply leaving a cotton ball that is soaked with peppermint oil will keep ants and other small insects away from your home!