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Peppermint Oil Benefits and Uses

August 22, 2019

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and Founder of Today, I’m going to talk to you about one of my favorite
essential oils, and that’s peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil benefits are incredible.
The uses of peppermint essential oil have been proven for thousands of years. I want to start with this, and this is going
to surprise you I bet. When I started looking into essential oils and their health benefits,
I knew they were used throughout history for over 5,000 years. I knew they were beneficial,
but I didn’t know how many medical studies there would be on them. When I went into PubMed and started looking
at the medical literature, I was shocked to find out on peppermint oil alone there are
over 1,200 medical studies. So over a 1,000 medical studies on this essential oil in proving
that it helps heal your digestive tract, that it improves your breath, that it fights cancer. Some incredible benefits there of this essential
oil. What makes peppermint oil so powerful is it contains a compound called [mentho]
or menthol. This compound has been shown to act as an analgesic on the body, reduce inflammation,
and act as an antioxidant. I want to share with you some of the best
ways to use peppermint oil. By the way, peppermint oil is one of the top two used essential oils
in the United States today along with lavender essential oil. But peppermint oil, one of the most common
ways I use it is as a natural breath freshener in my natural toothpaste recipe. What I do
for my natural toothpaste is I mix coconut oil with baking soda in equal parts, let’s
say a tablespoon of each, along with about 20 drops of peppermint oil. Mix that together.
That’s what I use for my natural toothpaste at home using peppermint essential oil. The other way I’ll use peppermint essential
oil is just as kind of a natural mouthwash or breath freshener is I put one drop in water
and drink it down. It freshens the breath. Another way peppermint oil has been shown
to benefit your health is by naturally boosting your energy levels. In fact, there was a recent
medical study that found by just smelling peppermint oil it naturally increases your
energy levels. My wife carries this around in her purse with her. Before we go into a
workout, sometimes we’ll smell it. I know a professor, and this is incredible
as well, who works with his students and he actually diffuses cedar wood oil and peppermint
oil during his class, because cedar wood oil has been shown to help ADHD symptoms and improve
focus. Peppermint oil improves his energy and concentration. So he actually diffuses this oil in his classroom
to help his children focus while they’re test taking. So, this is great for that reason
as well. Peppermint oil has also been shown in medical
studies to help soothe irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut like issues. If you struggle
with digestive issues, peppermint oil can really help soothe and cool your digestive
tract. Just one to two drops in water taken daily is greatly beneficial. Or, you can actually
just put it right on your skin as well. Another great thing to use peppermint oil
for is to open your airways for bronchitis, allergies, or asthma. You can mix peppermint
oil with eucalyptus oil and use it as a natural vapor rub. So again, a tablespoon of coconut
oil, five drops peppermint, five drops eucalyptus, rubbing that on the chest is a natural vapor
rub, helps open up the lungs and airways. It’s also great during allergy season whether
you just put a drop under your tongue, or do it in water, or rub it again on your neck.
It really helps open the sinus airways and lung airways helping you breathe better. Also, it can help eliminate headaches. If
you’ve got headaches, mixing three drops of lavender oil, three drops of peppermint oil
on your hand, and rubbing them on your neck area actually has been shown to naturally
help relieve headaches. It also can be used if you’re making your
own at home muscle, sort of a muscle rub. In your at home muscle rub, peppermint oil
is one of the best along with frankincense. You can mix that with some coconut oil. If
you’ve got sore muscles or sore joints after a workout or even arthritis, you can rub peppermint
oil mixed with coconut oil right on the area and it can naturally relive pain. I could go on and on. With over 1,000 medical
studies done on peppermint oil, we know it’s greatly beneficial. I wanted to offer you guys a gift for a limited
time only. On my website right now, I’m giving away a free ebook on essential oils. It’s
typically a $25 value. Right now, it’s free. If you want to check out the ebook, just go
to and search essential oils. Any of my essential oil articles, we have that
ebook attached there. Even if you go to Google right now and do a search for “Dr. Axe peppermint
oil,” in that article you’ll find my free ebook. It’s called ‘The King’s Medicine Cabinet,’
and I go through the best ways to use these essential oils for healing, including peppermint
oil. Hey, guys, this has been Dr. Axe. I hope you
start using peppermint oil to take your health to the next level.


  • Reply Rose Ladd July 8, 2017 at 12:29 am

    So nice to know more about peppermint oil! I thought it was for candy canes, candy and cookies at Christmas time but Now I am thinking it can be for Christmas in July! lol🎅 I made a coconut milk with a few drops of peppermint oil and yummy! It is great for sore muscles too!

  • Reply Ginger Langer July 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Doterra Essential oils are the best!

  • Reply omar Zardasht July 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Can I drink peppermint tea to get rid of acne

  • Reply nuster dom July 11, 2017 at 2:01 am

    good against spiders

  • Reply K G July 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    PEPPERMINT OIL is my go-to Lifesaver for chronic migraines (that I've had since the age of 5!?!) So I apply the oil directly to where the migraine pain is coming from (which actually is in unknown reason of a hole in my skull on the left side of my head that is medically unexplainable and not supposed to be there!!!) But it seriously helps so much by relaxing and numbing that area and the area around it – and also helps with the nausea that goes hand-in-hand with chronic migraines (as I normally get physically sick due to the severe pain!!!) So I am careful where I directly Place pure oils on my body, and have experienced skin irritations – like on my face, but as far as on my head – like under my hair it is a God sent Miracle of Mother Nature!!!

  • Reply Ace Report July 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I was wondering if you agree with my findings or if anyone else is noticing these additional benefits from taking mint.

    1. No more mosquito bites! This is a huge benefit for me as I live in Florida where mosquitoes can be a terrible nuisance. I started taking mint capsules in the morning on an empty stomach and noticed that the mosquitoes have not been biting me anymore. It's working even better than insect repellent which contains dangerous chemicals.
    2. I can tolerate caffeine again! I add a mint tea bag to my regular tea and don't have to worry about the caffeine bothering my stomach. I know that it's not good to drink caffeine with a sensitive stomach but in certain circumstances I might need to stay awake and caffeine was bothering my stomach. Mint tea really helps at stopping the pain, so, I can have some energy without getting stomach pains.

  • Reply Dante Owens July 21, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    How long will that amount of toothpaste last for if I used it once a day?

  • Reply JON Cunningham July 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I put on cotton swab and put on teeth and then brush and it is so refreshing just to breath it in your mouth. You can also dip brush in it and brush. Works great.

  • Reply Millionaire 22 August 7, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Blah blah Dr. Ax Blah blah peppermint oil blah blah #boring

  • Reply Deborah Ghirardo September 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    doin essential oils you have to be realllly careful, 2 drops of pepermint oils will tear your stomach pup, ppl. need to research more! i did Lemon oil for 2 weks one drop in gallon of water, hurt my kidneys! you dr's need to be more careful of what you are telling people. these Oils are POTENT!!!! Everyone on here is a DR.???? I listen to you all the time but sometimes you are just wrong in your advice!!!! ppl. listen and jump right in , only to find they should of done more research. Peppermint oils and eucalyptus oils are also to strong for younf babies!!! just trying to help!!! RESEARCH!!!

  • Reply Yves Shaz Lewis September 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Nice one
    Check out how I make my mint oil at home

  • Reply Kou Rac Journeys October 8, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Are you saying I can add the essential peppermint oil into my water and drink it?

  • Reply Carrie Smith October 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    What about spiders can anyone help how yo make solution tanz

  • Reply Kelly Boyer October 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I have a question, I used peppermint oil in coconut oil on my neck and behind my ears for a headache for the first time( just getting into oils), I started weeping, tears just came out, for about 3 minuets, and my headache went away…I have defused it many times and this has never happened, it didn’t feel like it was bothering my eyes. Do you have any idea why this happened? Thanks

  • Reply Nanna Love October 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Oil and water dont mix!

  • Reply kickbackworks October 23, 2017 at 1:54 am

    I think this video gave some spot on good tips! it helps so much naturally and easily. Peppermint oil really helps my headaches and i get them really bad… You guys should check out some more info on my link to see how peppermint oil helps not only headaches but more!

  • Reply sillytubeify October 29, 2017 at 5:47 am

    You know water n oil don't mix right? My mother n law has a hole in her gut from doing a glass of water w eos drops in it

  • Reply Friend J October 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Modupe Somoye November 8, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Can peppermint oil be ingested? The one i have says for external use only .

  • Reply James Writte December 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Wtf this guy is a doctor? 20 drops? I was always told not to ingest essential oil?

  • Reply Recap All December 4, 2017 at 2:19 am

    It is DHT blocker?

  • Reply wood brass and glass December 16, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Peppermint is the best. I take it 2-5 times a day. Especially for talking to customers. Freshens my breath,plus I love the tingling taste!

  • Reply Mark Lyvers December 20, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I do not recommend using essential oils internally. I mean granted I have only been researching essential oils for 25 years. So this doctor does have part of his information correct but using peppermint in small amounts can help with digestion but it can also relax the lower esophageal sphincter allowing stomach acid to rise into the back of the esophagus causing gerd and acid reflux attacks. Just remember not everyone will react the same way to essential oils some people will be fine with his advice and some will not be. Everyone's system responses are not the same, what if you dont know your allergic to peppermint oils and you take his advice and drink it down and it kills you. When you take oils internally you roll the dice, will it help me or harm me.

  • Reply swapnil shinde December 22, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Hi doctor
    I used tea tree oil in nose directly. Now I am suffering from mucus please help me how can I get rid of it.please help me.

  • Reply LurkerDood December 29, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    You didn't mention peppermint oil for hair growth!

  • Reply Tamara Dodge January 8, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Dr. Axe, where can i find reliable studies that verify peppermint oil's effects on constipation and digestion in general? I posses a wonderful book written by Dr. Scott Johnson "Evidence Based Essential Oil Thereapy" and I have a few of you equally wonderfully publications. In Dr. Johnson's book however, he does not cover Peppermint in the area of relief of constipation. I may be being overly cautious; but better safe than sorry! I absolutely love peppermint oils….I even grow several different mints in my herb gardens and it would be awesome to be able to add the information to my little home remedy list for our 11 children and 17 grandchildren! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Cristy Ortiz January 24, 2018 at 3:46 am

    How many times a day can you take peppermint oil? Before or after meals?

  • Reply Rachel January 25, 2018 at 2:07 am

    So educational and helpful! Thank you for this!!

  • Reply MichealWD Fitness February 1, 2018 at 2:44 am

    I like peppermint with clove oil in my diffuser. I feel like the compliment each other.

  • Reply L. Hall February 1, 2018 at 6:20 am

    20 drops … goodness! Too much to dilute only in 2 tablespoons …..Are you sure you use 20?

  • Reply lalaland lulu February 2, 2018 at 2:08 am

    thank you👍

  • Reply leann pratt February 2, 2018 at 2:13 am

    I just got some today because I heard it could soothe pain due to a large ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I rubbed two drops on my pelvic area and it immediately stopped the throbbing and cramps. I Love this stuff already

  • Reply citticat2 February 11, 2018 at 5:39 am

    If you have dental implants avoid using baking soda – damages the titanium implants.

  • Reply Sergot Ismael Chery February 16, 2018 at 4:45 pm

  • Reply Faye Booth February 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm

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  • Reply Green Walker February 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I got better outcomes taking this gout treatment solution “Vοvοpαm Azb” (Google it) rather than I did from years of taking 2 prescription drugs. There is no doubt I will carry on using this treatment. Just to be absolutely clear on about my experience, the gout pain vanished after the second take on the first day and completely gone on the 2nd day.

  • Reply Linda Butler February 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Which oils do you buy

  • Reply Kin To March 5, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Do peppermint oil have an expiry date?

  • Reply Arik Malakh March 10, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    How do you say you’re a doctor, give medical advice and then disclaim the whole thing.

  • Reply Jessica Gladys March 27, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I rely on Toradol shots for tension headaches. My neck/muscles swell right up and nothing else seems to work. Going to give this a try!

  • Reply Nu Liform April 8, 2018 at 2:46 am

    What you say here is 101% Truth, my grandfather used it for me as well as himself…and i still use it 62 yrs old & living in a very toxic area…everyone i know goes on medicines at abt age 40's…im still medicine Free…& i intend to stay that way…once they begin the regimen their health really spirals down…& im still goin strong…..dr wants me to be on the regimine but can not put me on it because there is no physical reason to do so..other than soothing drs ruffled feathers…."no one your age should be without a regimen"…& asked why?…she said "because!"…"what if?"…"I believe in preventitive medicine!"….well doc…so do i…& im preventing those what ifs by Not going on that deadly cocktail regimen…the 'tests' Prove im Living Proof of that….she glares at me then… i say well, when that 'finally' happens doc..we will talk abt it then ……didn't tell her im still not gonna do that regimen no matter what..let nature take it's course at my age! lol

  • Reply Colorado Martini April 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I love growing mint

  • Reply wilborn kimmayong April 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    is it much better if you eat the peppermint leaves instead if buying the oil to get these benefits?

  • Reply ANGELL April 22, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I use it for bug repellent
    For nausea (just smell it)
    For nose and chest decongestant in a child’s baby bottle or cup
    Or for myself
    I also find if I feel a little blah I take a wif and I instantly feel better

  • Reply bailey truesdale April 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Peppermint aromatherapy is a great way to get rid of headaches and nausea, along with acupressure applied to the P6 point on your wrist. With this combination of aromatherapy and acupressure, your headache and nausea feeling decreases, leaving you feeling fantastic! Go to to grab yours!

  • Reply Voidwalker April 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I do mint everything! all my body soaps are mint, I wash my clothes in mint soap, I eat mint candy all the time, I use mint cooking recipes when I can, and I even have mint essential oils! The reason I use mint so much is it helps with migraines and it acts as a calming effect for me.

  • Reply The Mysterious Cynthia X May 4, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Even just Inhaling the scent of peppermint oil will fight naseua

  • Reply Corinne Yaworski May 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Peppermint oil helped my allergies. Calmed me right down.

  • Reply Mark Gil Lalangan May 22, 2018 at 5:30 am

    is it safe to intake peppermint oil? I mean, should it be organic or anything?

  • Reply IAM Habsha May 27, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks & big like

  • Reply Sense oils June 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Peppermint spearmint and all other oils essential and carrier oils in the uk at

  • Reply Dang Khoa July 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I usually use it every time I have a stuffy nose or a headache. Thanks Dr. Axe

  • Reply Sams T July 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    you are NOT a doctor

  • Reply SeeMyBlessings Hallelujah August 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Does anyone know how I can dilute my hair oil that has too much peppermint oil in it? Please help because I can’t throw it away I paid $$ and she put peppermint oil in it

  • Reply bhavin patel August 29, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Sir can I details for NACCOZRINE OIL herbal oil

  • Reply Galadima Lugs August 31, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Thanks a lot Dr Axe, my peppermint oil just arrived yesterday. This video is well put together and well appreciated.

  • Reply Sarah Brown September 2, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Are you really a dr.

  • Reply Hayden Kerans September 6, 2018 at 2:54 am

    I use peppermint oil daily for neck and back pain. It's a pure concentrate. The relief it provides is similar to bengaye and is almost euphoric!!

  • Reply Luis At Next level September 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    kills good and bad bacteria when ingested. this can lead to disbiosis in the gut because it can not distinguish between good and bad bacteria it just kills all. disbiosis is an imbalance in the gut and can lead to autoimmune or some other type of disorder. I disagree with this dr. although he has a lot of good info be careful do the research

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  • Reply WereBakedFreestyles September 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I remember when I had dreads I mixed Peppermint with Tee Tree and it made them smell good and grow really fast

  • Reply FoodOrFail September 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Warning — Peppermint oil is a very HOT oil. Even if diluted, just a single drop can cause skin irritation in some individuals. I would personally never take the oil internally, even well diluted. I'll drink peppermint tea, but not more than once a week, because it has very strong effects on me: expels mucus from lungs (gross, sorry) and has a powerful cleansing effect on my colon (sorry again). The tea is supposed to help those suffering from loose bowels, but it has the opposite effect on me: purge city (SORRY). Be careful with ANY herb. One size does not fit all.

  • Reply Jennifer Calogero October 2, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Doctor Axe,
    I have a serious question for you that I haven't been able to solve on my own or find answers to. When I went to the store I found honey with clover in it (not the actual clover seen with the naked eye.) And when I put that honey in a warm cup of Green Tea (organic and no caffeine.) I vomited on 2 separate occasions. An allergies test was done and I have no food allergies whatsoever. So, why did this happen and what does this mean?
    Thank you so much,

  • Reply Melek October 3, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    All the EOs I bought have the notification than it should only to be used external. So which EOs would you advise me to buy which are also internal to be used, Dr. J. Axe?

  • Reply Khach Do October 12, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Our family plant peppermint plants all around the house and we eat them raw all the time. We eat so much. I am talking about at least a pound per serving.

  • Reply Noobie747 October 14, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I got my scaling done recently but plaque is building up again. How can I keep my teeth and overall oral healthy without oil pulling?

  • Reply Noobie747 October 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I'm confused when it comes to treating inflammation because of obvious reasons, In my case it has persisted since a very long time so if mint cools and constricts and hot dilates and heals then what am I supposed to do in case of RSI and RMI? I hope to hear from you soon!

  • Reply ROC J Gomes October 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    what should you do if peppermint oil go down your nose and throw your throat what is a better way to get released swallow better

  • Reply Elaine Clements Finn October 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    URgent question. I mixed a 1 oz vial with a cup of water & a few drops of detergent. Sprayed countertops with this mixture due to mice invasion. Peppermint smell overwhelming and I moved my dog to master bedroom. Are we safe. I was told this recipe keeps mice at bay.

  • Reply David Mccormick November 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    i just bought some peppermint oil as an essential oil for my is really refreshing smell and makes me breath clearer and my head feels clearer.i think it is more clearer than other oils eg ylang ylang is very relaxing aswell.

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  • Reply Md Adil Ahnaf November 17, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Which one do u use ?
    Mentha avensis or mentha piperita?

  • Reply Adnanjaanh Ha December 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    papermint oil can kidney fail.use on head

  • Reply KeatingChick December 15, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Peppermint triggers migraines for my daughter.

  • Reply Austin Ayers January 3, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    i dont leave the house without peppermint oil

  • Reply Duane Bonney January 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I tried Peppermint oil in my diffuser when I slept. It woke me up twice in the middle of the night.
    You just mentioned it gives you energy, so probably not recommended if you want to sleep! 😊

  • Reply realz shows January 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Great! I got organic peppermint oil.

  • Reply Rasul ali January 23, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I use minoxidil but after it dry I use peppermint oil mix with jamaican black castor oil would that help me with the gains in also keep them

  • Reply Najela Mina January 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    He said cedarwood oil for adhd ?

  • Reply Dalia Ferguson February 7, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Is it safe to use for pregnancy? Also my son has sleep Apnea & he's 3 years old will it help?

  • Reply Chris Shaw February 12, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Some herbs use only when needed because mint and peppermint will decrease male sperim count really low and some people mite want Kids.

  • Reply Chris Shaw February 12, 2019 at 1:21 am

    oil of pine works wonders for authezsom.

  • Reply Dylan Langley February 19, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    When diluting the oil in water to be diffused: how many drops of oil would you recommend for every 100 ml of water?

  • Reply Marcia mellow February 21, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Dr Axe? I think I would change that up…

  • Reply BlinkinFirefly February 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    can i eat a peppermint stick to help my stomach ache? been feeling like crap all day 🙁

  • Reply Jesso Madcity281 February 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Can it help with stomach acid reflux?

  • Reply mia louise March 26, 2019 at 3:14 am

    excellent thanks so much love your enthusiasm! great video

  • Reply Loves Beauty April 3, 2019 at 1:27 am

    If only people would switch out their Newport menthols sniffing peppermint oil. It worked for me. That ,and finding out I was pregnant. Immediate stopped smoking😉

  • Reply Elizabeth Bazan Avila April 28, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Is it safe to give dogs peppermint oil or any essential oil? Can they digest it?

  • Reply gardenia 3021 May 6, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I just drunk 1 drop of oil in a big glass of water and I'm wondering If I will be able to survive today 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Reply Theresa Welker May 15, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I have a toothache.

  • Reply Lakshmi KS May 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    How to drink essential oil cos they don't mix with water

  • Reply Delores Smoke June 16, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I like this.

  • Reply luca P June 25, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    You can drink it?

  • Reply daniel smith July 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    This is really effective for allergic sinusitis

  • Reply Captain America America July 13, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Never rub this on full strength like he says to. Dilute it with a good carrier oil

  • Reply Laura Yepez July 16, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    My husbands allergies are going away since we started using peppermint and eucalyptus oils throughout the night.

  • Reply Jay Lee July 27, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    What brand can be used for homemade toothpaste?

  • Reply Ivonne Suarez August 2, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Does it work for horrible period cramps??
    Asking for a friend
    Lol jk it's for me… i get HORRIBLE CRAMPS AND PMS EVERY MONTH. I'M EVEN thinking if someone is wrong with my uterus! Dr put me on bc to see if that helps but honestly i dont want to be taking bc pills. I want some more natural. I just ordered peppermint e.o with a diffuser. The oil i ordered on Amazon was one that says "Amazon's choice" it was hard choosing one. But I'll give it a try

  • Reply Lon Brooklyn August 21, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Which specific brand peppermint oil should I buy?It seems difficult to decide because many say for external use only on the bottle!

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