Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Essential Oil

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Concentration is imperative to staying present and focusing on the task at hand but we all get a little foggy sometimes. We lose sleep and our mind wanders. It happens. Thankfully, Peppermint is a brilliant solution to drifting thoughts and sore bodies.

Peppermint’s cool and clearing aroma is refreshing with minty layers of sweetness. Diffuse Peppermint near your desk or gently inhale it to eliminate feelings of grief, worry or heaviness.

Peppermint is also great for headaches and migraines.

A cross between a number of wild mints, Peppermint was first widely discovered in the 17th century. The plant grows up to 3 feet and has purplish stems and pale-violet flowers. The entire plant is put through a steam distillation process to extract the oil which pairs well with resin essential oils.

Use this essential oil sparingly; one drop goes a long way because its oh so VERY potent, concentrated and odiferous!


- Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
- Type: Super High Menthol
- Origin: Japan
- Method: Steam Distillation
- Plant Part: Whole Plant
- Note: Top
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Blends Well With: Myrrh, and other resins; Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary.
- Aroma: Refreshingly minty, fresh, sweet, and similar to Peppermint gum and mints. Has a sharp, penetrating mint scent based on its high menthol content. The odor effect is awakening, cooling and head-clearing.
- Consistency: Thin
- Color: Clear - pale yellow
- Purity: 100% (NOT diluted; NO additives; NO fillers - EVER)
- Therapeutic/Medicinal Quality?: Yes!!
- Shelf Life: 4 Years

(Potential to be useful when used safely and appropriately)

- Circulatory: arthritis, poor circulation
- Digestive: parasites, bloating, gas, indigestion, flatulence
- Immune: infection, inflammation, virus
- Limbic: anxiety, irritability, stress, tension, depression
- Lymph: swollen lymph nodes
- Muscular: spasm, cramp, sprains & strains, aches and pains,
- Nervous: poor brain function, foggy brain
- Respiratory: congestion, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, whooping cough
- Skin: bacterial infection, athlete's foot, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infection, wrinkles, bruises
- Home: airborne germs, surface germs, insect repellent

Additionally: swellings, ringworm, scabies, toothache, neuralgia, halitosis, colic, mouth ulcers, mouth thrush, nausea, feverish conditions, colds and flu, fainting, headache, mental fatigue, migraine.


(Please reference the Appendix on this site for definitions)

analgesic, anti-bacterial (bactericidal), anti-catarrhal (expectorant/mucolytic), anti-fungal (fungicidal), anti-galactogoguic,  anti-helmintic (vermifuge), anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory/anti-phlogistic, anti-microbial/anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral (viricidal), astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue/choleretic, cooling, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagoguic, febrifugal, hepatic, insecticidal/insectifuge, nervine/neurotonic, parasiticidal, stimulant (circulatory, limbic, lymph), stomachic, sudorific.


Diffusion: Use one to four drops in the diffuser of your choice (this oil is VERY strong/potent, but you decide how strong you want the scent to be). Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable. Do not diffuse around cats.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil (Jojoba, Sunflower, Olive, Coconut, Almond, etc.) to minimize any skin sensitivity. Proper dilution ratio and a link for you to learn how to properly dilute is below.


CAUTION: NEVER use if you have cardiac fibrillation or G6PD deficiency.

CAUTION: Be careful around the eyes - peppermint is very strong and may sting/burn!

DRUG INTERACTION(S): - Avoid using internally if have cholestasis or GERD.

- Safe for which ages?: Inhale & Topical - ages 6+ years (based on high menthol content which stimulates cold receptors in the lungs and can slow respiration in some children). Do not use with children under 6 years. Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children.

- Safe for pregnancy?: Yes (although some aromatherapists think that the strong aroma and menthol content of Peppermint should be avoided during pregnancy). It is your choice whether to use it or not use it during pregnancy.

- Breastfeeding: Yes (but may cause reduced milk supply in some women)

- Safe for dog?: Yes

- Safe for cat?: No

Kids and Adults Max Topical Dilution: 5.4% (based on menthofuran and pulegone content. Using more than topical max can cause irritation or sensitization).

Learn more about dilution for all ages, bottle sizes, etc.

NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY IN ANY AMOUNT, UNLESS DIRECTED BY A LICENSED AROMATHERAPIST OR PHYSICIAN. If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.

Safety Guidelines & Explanations:

Information sourced from - Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy reference manual for the beginner and beyond (book), by Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purchase by clicking here.

Please see the following websites for different uses and safety:


Please keep out of the heat, the sun and the light. It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Do not leave in your vehicle in warm (75+ degrees) or very cold temperatures. Heat especially destroys the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly (above). If not taken care of properly, essential oils can degrade and/or go rancid, and will no longer be medicinal/therapeutic for you.


The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using our Peppermint Essential Oil. Neither Victoria Kay Designs nor associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for users who use this essential oil unsafely. More than enough information, and reference information to legitimate sources is available on this website for users to educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use any essential oil irresponsibly - that is not the fault of this business. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation, phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc. due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.