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Why You Absolutely, Without A Doubt Should Be Using Peppermint Oil

The Skinny Confidential talks peppermint.

‘Tis the season for peppermint EVERYTHANG!!

Peppermint bark?

Peppermint tea?

Peppermint cocktails?

Peppermint cookies?


But wait. Let’s back up. Let’s talk about peppermint OIL!!

Peppermint oil is currently on my night stand. Oddly enough ( but not really ) I flock to the oil this time of year. Since I lovvvve getting festive, dabbing peppermint on my wrist during winter just seems…well…necessary? Just keeping with the theme, guys.

Note: according to many sources “peppermint oil capsules have been described as ‘the drug of first choice’ in IBS patients, as it safely helps alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 percent of patients who tried it.”

I don’t have IBS. But if I did, I’d use peppermint oil.

Plus they also have a lot of history:

Dried peppermint leaves have even been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dating back to 1,000 BC.

Other uses for peppermint oil? It helps with stress, relieves headaches, it’s a expectorant and decongestant, superior to mouthwash ( YES it’s better than MOUTHWASH! ), aids with nausea, & relieves hay fever.

These are only a few of its amazing benefits…so it’s safe to say I’m pretty obsessed with it.

Ok, ok so how do you use the oil at home?


1.) add a couple drops to your wrists or abs. Or inhale it to soothe nausea/motion sickness.

2.) drink peppermint tea ( obviously this isn’t oil but tea works too! ) for an upset stomach.

3.) inhale peppermint oil to help curb food craving ( supposedly this triggers a sense of fullness ).

This source states “supplementing with 90 milligrams ( mg ) of peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, “much or very much improved” symptoms of functional dyspepsia in 67 percent of patients. If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added.”

Basically “the entire plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties which provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic and carminative properties.”


& lastly, are you breastfeeding? I’m not, although Pixy might disagree? HA…anyway, “peppermint water helps to prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers.” #yessss

If you guys are interested in a post on all my witch doctor, essential oils, let me know & I’ll do a huge-ass post on the magic of oils.

For more peppermint benefits, click here.

– Lauryn, xx.

{ my other favorite oil: TEA TREE OIL! }

  1. Would LUV a kick ass post all abt essential oils. Have used Bergamot, grapefruit together in the am to wake up thru a diffuser..,,love it. And of lavender and eucaliptus. But there is sooo much more and the amazing healing properties. Essential oil interest had really gaining momentum with new followers .
    And BIG BONUS, dude, you’re post ROCKED!! I lv this shit, esp having IBS and have tried so many other methods mainly focus on diet, but Im out to get peppermint oil!!New Year New Me!! #naturalhealing #essentialoils

  2. please please please do a witch doctor post on oils, it’s so fascinating and I just got a starter kit from Young Living so I’m all over that at the moment.

  3. Lauryn,
    Have you tried Young living Essential Oils? They are amazing and I trust them because I know exactly how they grow they’re peppermint and distill it, which is so important for using essential oils!! Store brands can actually be pretty harmful even if thy are “organic” If you want a sample shoot me an email and I’d be happy to give you one 🙂

  4. Ahh please do a more in depth post on essential oils, im obsessed! I use them more for skin though, ever since I heard Miranda Kerr uses Rosehip oil on her face that’s all I use. Plus natural treatments are a lot cheaper 🙂

  5. Loved this! I am always a big fan of Tea Tree Oil but I had no idea about all the benefits of peppermint! Especially the breast feeding one! Great! xx

  6. Love that you are discussing oils! I had a massive headache with some nausea last night (migraine??) and rubbed on some peppermint oil before bed and slept like a baby and woke up refreshed. The Advil I had taken hours before didn’t even touch it. I just bought my first set of doTERRA oils and I’m using them daily it seems. I’d love to see a blog post about the main ones you use. I’m still learning! PS…I just started dry brushing because of your post about it and I am obsessssssed too. Love how it makes me completely wake up and feel fantastic before my shower. Thank you and happy holidays!! <3

  7. so true, everyone here in Asia carries a white plastic tube of peppermint and you can find almost every girl sniffing it before they eat! I started doing it and I can tell you it curbs cravings MAJOR! Thanks for sharing xo C

  8. First time commenting but I absolutely love your blog and check it everyday! I’d like a post about oils. I’ve done a little bit of research but would enjoy hearing your thoughts on what you like!

  9. You should mention that ingesting peppermint oil while breast feeding will significantly reduce the mothers milk supply. Herbal peppermint tea, however, can be consumed in moderation because it takes at least 20 cups to equal one drop of peppermint oil. Just FYI, as a mommy of four and an avid breast feeder, ones breast milk is “gold” and thus, a significant supply is essential.

  10. Love peppermint oil (DoTerra, all day, everyday). My go to is taking 4-5 drops of peppermint oil directly in my mouth for instant heartburn relief! It’s strong, but it works! And if you need more just take more. Can’t overdose on oil 🙂

  11. Witch DR it up girl! I’d love to read your opinions and ways you use different EOs as I’m pretty much obsessed myself and have converted many a person. I’ve always got a peppermint at my desk, in my car and along side my lavender and lemon on my bedside table. So far I’ve used tea tree in my natural cleaning products but would love to know what you do.
    Merry Merry!

  12. I’m so glad you’re as obsessed with this oil as i am! i use it all the time. it’s definitely my go-to oil out of all the other ones i have. i get headaches frequently and they really help soothe me. during the unfortunate monthlies, i rub it where my cramps are and it tones down the pain a lot.

    Thanks for the share! peppermint oil is definitely the best!

  13. I use peppermint as well as an essential oil blend called “chill pill” to help ease my headaches or migraines. Sometimes it’ll help without me having to even touch my migraine medicine which is really important to me.

  14. I had my first bout of functional dyspepsia about 4 years ago now (although at the time I did not know what it was). I went through two MRI’s, multiple blood tests, two endoscopys and saw so many ‘ologists’ I’ve lost count. I spent two weeks in hospital before being discharged with no diagnosis and the doctors telling me there was nothing they could do. After about a year the whole thing calmed down. Then just over a month ago it came back, 100 times worse than the first time. I spent another weeks in hospital here I was on IV fluids (because I couldn’t drink or eat without vomiting). I had another endoscopy, CT scan, more blood tests, biopsies of my stomach etc. All results were absolutely normal and I tested negative for H.pylori. I have now been diagnosed with functional dyspepsia. As soon as I eat or drink anything my stomach throws a fit. I am currently on so many pills that I don’t know what half of them do but I know that none of them are working, While I was in hospital my son found at about dr George cure to functional dyspepsia so i email him and order for his product which i use for 3 weeks, now i can tell you am so happy with my life THANKS TO DR GEORGE. You can always contact the Doctor through his email for more information. ( His herbal is the only permanent cure to functional dyspepsia

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