Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for decreasing lactation January 08 2014

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.
How to use peppermint oil to gradually decrease milk supply:Days Island 100% Pure Peppermint Oil
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.