Peppermint Oil

About Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is a natural, essential oil derived from the leaves and stem of the peppermint plant, a type of minty plant native to parts of Europe and the Middle East. However, today it is commonly found in gardens around most of the world, as well as sold in bunches at supermarkets and farmers markets.

As an herbal remedy taken internally, peppermint oil has long been used as an effective aid for irritable bowel syndrome and other indegestion related issues. According to herbalists, it helps relax the bowels, especially when consumed via capsule, so that the oil can reach the small intestine. Recent research also suggest that this minty oil has anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, and liver-bile stimulating agents. Additionally, peppermint oil is often used to treat conditions such as headaches, stress, respiratory conditions and pain relief, although support for the effectiveness of these uses is limited.


How It Works

In cosmetics and personal care products, peppermint oil is primarily used as a fragrance agent either on its own or in combination with other essential oils. Since peppermint oil is high in menthol, which has anesthetic properties, it leaves a cool, invigorating feeling on your skin and scalp after use.

Peppermint oil is often added to hair care products because it has properties that make it beneficial in helping rid the scalp of dandruff and relieving irritation. It can also help manage an oily scalp, which in turn leads to healthier looking hair. It is also suggested that peppermint oil can help increase blood circulation, further promoting healthy hair growth.


Common Concerns

When used as part of a cosmetic formula in concentration of less than 1%, peppermint oil is considered safe for use with little risk of irritation. In some individuals, peppermint oil can cause allergic reaction, but instances are rare.


Quick Facts

Binomial Name: Mentha Piperita
Common Name: Peppermint Oil
Source: leaves of the peppermint plant
EWG Score: 1


Proven and Possible Benefits


Acne Brighten skin Dry skin Dry/Oily scalp Hair growth


Muscle pain Inflammation Itchy skin Skin allergy




Information contained in this website is intended for educational purposes only and is no way intended for diagnosis. The Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada have not evaluated this information. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For health problems, please refer to a qualified health practitioner.


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