Peppermint oil (mentha arvensis) has a distinct fragrance that is both uplifting and
invigorating. It has been used for a variety of ailments for centuries, and can be easily
incorporated into a daily routine to boost both mental and physical alertness.
Peppermint oil, when inhaled and absorbed, passes the blood-brain barrier in the body and
this increases the transmission of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain. This makes for a
mental boost that can be much appreciated at any time of day, and has an energizing effect
on both mind and body.
First thing in the morning, wake your senses by adding 1-3 drops of peppermint essential
oil to your shower.
Use 5-10 drops in a steam diffuser or vaporizer and inhale throughout the day for a brain
boost while studying or working.
Place 1-2 drops on palms, rub together, and inhale before a workout or during a mid-day
slump. This can boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
Place 3-5 drops in a glass of ice water for an additional pick-me-up.
Peppermint oil can be applied topically to the skin and is best done so with a carrier oil
(such as almond or jojoba) to minimize a slight tingling sensation. This will also allow for
the body to maximize absorption.
Place 3-5 drops (undiluted or diluted) on the base of the neck. This will allow for both easy
absorption and inhalation to maximize benefits.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.