9 Health Benefits of Essential Oil of Peppermint

Peppermint is a popular herb and essential oil. It is actually a cross between water mint and spearmint. It has a strong and fresh smell, and menthol is one of its key components.  Recently, it has been used to flavor chewing gum. Peppermint is native to Europe and provides a variety of health advantages.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Peppermint oil helps alleviate symptoms in persons with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


Can help with tension headaches.

Nail infection

Applied topically, it can aid with fungal infections.

Skin infection

A 2012 study found protection against skin infections.

Upper Respiratory Infection

Inhaling a herbal concoction including peppermint reduced symptoms of infection.

Itching during pregnancy

Studies show that using peppermint topically can help reduce itching during pregnancy. Avoid oral consumption.


Topically applied, reduces skin inflammation.

Hair growth

According to a 2014 study in Toxicological Research, using peppermint topically can help with hair growth.