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Peppermint Oil For Sinus Problems Or Head Cold

When I have a stuffed up nose, either from a head cold or sinus problems.  I run for the peppermint oil.

I just buy this where they sell oils for candies. 

When I have a stuffed up nose and can't sleep I always turn to my bottle of peppermint oil. 
 I put some on my finger and put it on my tongue, I don't need a lot, just some on my finger. If I need more, I just do it again.  It usually opens my sinuses right up.    

Peppermint Oil doesn't work for a really long time but sometimes all I need is a little relief, just so I can get to sleep.

Here are some other health properties of Peppermint Oil
(From Home Remedies Web)


Peppermint is known to balance the PH levels of the skin which may help balance the production of excessive oils of the skin. Also the astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory activity of Peppermint may help diminish the appearance of acne, black heads, rashes and redness. Simply mix 2 drops of Peppermint Oil into your regular face wash every morning and at night. One drop of the oil can also be mixed into a moisturizer and applied onto the affected area overnight for acne or skin rashes. 
Headaches and Migraines

According to researchers, Peppermint has vasodilatory effects which may help in the dilation of constricted blood vessels - one of the common triggers of headaches and migraines. When you feel a light headache or migraine is coming on, apply a small amount of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead and back of the neck to help alleviate the pains. If any kind of irritation occurs, Peppermint Oil should be diluted in extra virgin olive oil. Mix 3-4 drops of Peppermint Oil into one tablespoon of olive oil. Based on the sensitivity level olive oil amount can be increased. 
Head Lice

Peppermint is known to be a natural insect repellent. Therefore, applying Peppermint Oil thoroughly into the hair for about 30 minutes before taking a shower may help get rid of head lice. This should be repeated three times a week. If you experience any skin irritation, you can try diluting the Peppermint oil with a small amount of olive oil. To get rid of nits (lice eggs), use a very fine wooden comb twice daily especially right after taking a shower.  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A few studies have shown that enteric-coated Peppermint capsules or fresh Peppermint leaves may relieve IBS symptoms. It can also relax the gastro-esophageal sphincter that may help with bloating, gas and indigestion by promoting burping and belching. For IBS, taking 1-2 enteric-coated peppermint capsules twice daily may be beneficial. The enteric-coated capsules don't release peppermint in the stomach but delay the release of menthol until it reaches the small intestine. Large amounts of menthol in the stomach can cause irritation and acidic reaction in the stomach. The carminative properties of Peppermint may help with indigestion, bloating, flatulence and upset stomach. Simply drinking one cup of peppermint tea 2-3 times daily may be helpful. If you have heartburn or are being treated for acid reflux or GERD, do not take peppermint.  

Menstrual Cramps

Peppermint is known to relax constricted muscles. Therefore, drinking one cup of Peppermint tea 2-3 times daily during the menstrual cycle may help soothe menstrual cramps. 

Pain Relief

Peppermint has analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity which may help with muscular pains and arthritis. Simply apply Peppermint Oil onto the affected area 2 to 3 times daily. In case of any kind of skin irritation, Peppermint Oil can be diluted into extra virgin olive oil. For strained muscles after strenuous workouts or sports, adding 6-10 drops of Peppermint Oil into warm bath water can relax and soothe strained muscles. 

Sinusitis and Colds

The decongestant, expectorant, antiviral and astringent properties of Peppermint may help soothe sore throats and relieve dry cough, cold and nasal congestion. For nasal congestion, sinusitis, cold, flu and asthma, drinking peppermint tea and inhaling its vapours from the tea may help. Simply steep one teaspoon of peppermint leaves in a boiling cup of water for 5-8 minutes. Strain out the leaves and add honey for sweetness if desired. Drink this tea and inhale the vapours from it while drinking 2-3 times daily. For dry coughs drinking Peppermint tea and massaging Peppermint oil on the chest two to three times daily may help since the Menthol in Peppermint thins the mucus, lubricates the respiratory tract and helps bring out the thick and dried phlegm from the lungs and bronchi. 

Stress and Anxiety

Recent studies have shown that aromatherapy using peppermint oil may help relieve anxiety, stress, emotional imbalance and stress-induced headaches or migraines. Simply light Peppermint essential oil in a diffuser or burner and relax in an easy chair nearby for 30 minutes. While you are inhaling peppermint aroma, breathe in through the nose and out the mouth and let your body loosen and relax. Listening to any of your favourite natural spa music can add to the relaxation. Repeat this aromatherapy at least 3 times a weak.

****This blog is for my own healing, if you read and try something I do... you will be trying it at your own risk. I do some pretty crazy things to heal, some work, some don't. So please, check with your doctor before you do anything I do.


  1. It's really good for headaches if you run it on your feet.

  2. Lisa,
    I am going to have to try that. I knew it would work if you put it on your forehead, but didn't know about the feet.

  3. I buy cinnamon oil at the pharmacy to put in my potpourri crocks and I've seen peppermint oil beside it before but never knew what it was for. I'm going to try this for my back aches. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. WOW! I never knew any of that! Thanks for all the great uses for peppermint oil. I am so gonna get me some! Thanks again!

  5. Thank you for all the useful information. I was not aware of all the uses for peppermint oil. I need to get a bottle to keep on hand. I remember the midwife using peppermint oil in the wet compresses for my daughter-in-laws nausea while in labor.

  6. Love all these tips for sinus trouble!! I will have to get some peppermint oil!

  7. Thank You so much for all the useful information you dispense. Great tips.
    Please have a very happy Christmas

  8. I wonder if you could put a drop or two of peppermint oil in the mini humidifier that you breathe in?

    I have heard it's good for IBS to. Seems like there are other benefits as well.

  9. Aside from the fact that peppermint makes me happy, I used to put a few drops of it on a handkerchief and hang it by my bed when I was a little girl, and it helped clear my nose!

  10. Oh I agree peppermint oil is awesome!! We use it a lot.


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