Peppermint essential oil (mentha arvensis) certainly has some amazing healing properties
and can be used in a variety of ways. Many people do not know, however, that this beloved
oil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Peppermint oil is commonly used
to treat nausea, and many pregnant women suffering from morning sickness and digestive
issues may consider using it, but unfortunately, this is not recommended.
Peppermint oil has been greatly studied in this regard, and has been found to contain
properties that aid in inducing menstruation, which is obviously not wanted when a woman
is carrying a baby. When used in abundance it can increase the risk of miscarriage, and
further, it can greatly inhibit a woman’s milk supply. Herbs that can reduce breast milk
are called antilactagogues and peppermint is one of them. Because peppermint oil is so
concentrated, it can affect a mother’s milk supply even when ingested in very small amounts
Peppermint oil can, however, be useful when purposefully weaning a baby off of breast
milk. Because peppermint oil decreases the milk supply, it can help to provide a smooth
transition for both mom and baby.
Consume 3-5 drops of peppermint oil in one cup of water or herbal tea. Repeat up to three
times per day while attempting to decrease baby’s need to nurse.
Dilute 5-7 drops of peppermint oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Gently massage onto breasts
to soothe soreness from lactation buildup. Peppermint oil is very cooling, and can provide
much needed topical relief to swollen breasts in this transitional period.
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.