Peppermint essential oil is invigorating and cooling. It brings a welcome respite from all things red, inflamed and painful. Bug bites and blemishes? Peppermint to the rescue! Joint and lower back pain? Just use a bit of Peppermint. Feeling tired and sluggish? You get the drift. Peppermint is extremely useful across the board for a wide variety of issues and deserves a very special and often visited place in your medicine cabinet.

For colds and respiratory issues you can ditch the menthol and go straight to the source with Peppermint essential oil. You can choose to simply take a sniff, diffuse some or dilute in your favorite carrier oil of choice (we really like Shea butter) and rub it on your chest and even under your nose for some much needed ease of breath. It’s also a handy dandy natural bug repellant, especially when it comes to spiders. Simply spray or rub the Peppermint wherever you would like to deter those unwanted critters from returning to.

You can also use Peppermint in your oral care since it freshens the breath and kills the bacteria that causes the formation of plaque. A drop or two on a toothbrush with some baking soda makes an excellent and low cost DIY toothpaste. For aromatherapy Peppermint helps to uplift depression and a general sense of heaviness. And because it is so effective at killing germs and harmful bacteria it is a great oil to diffuse during times of sickness in the house.

No matter what your situation and needs in the essential oil world, Peppermint should be a mainstay in your collection. It covers so many bases and is so easy to use that not having it is just silly. Keep it on hand at all times for cold cessation and blemish, bug bite and inflammation eradication.