From helping with headaches to soothing sensitive scalps

Peppermint oil is frequently used in skincare products for those with spot-prone skin, due to its ability to balance sebum, soothe blemishes and cleanse. Try Odacité Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist or Caudalie Vinopure Blemish Control Mattifying Fluid for a refreshed complexion.

The medicinal benefits of mint have been known for centuries, but what are the best ways to incorporate it into your beauty and wellness routines today? Here, we explore the benefits of peppermint oil for your skin, body and mind.

It could help with your headaches

A doctor might be more likely to prescribe you paracetamol for a headache, but many people find peppermint useful in tackling the problem the natural way. Methods include adding a few drops to your bath, inhaling it with steam, and diluting it with a carrier oil before applying to your temples. It’s also thought to boost energy, so that’s a lucky side effect.

It can calm an irritated scalp

Peppermint oil is often used in haircare products for those with sensitive scalps, as it is thought to soothe irritation and flakiness whilst balancing hydration. “It’s an anti-microbial and antiseptic essential oil, helping to calm an irritated scalp – it can also ward off dandruff. It has a slight cooling sensation and super zingy smell so your hair also just ‘feels’ fresher,” says Micaela Nisbet, founder of Neighbourhood Botanicals, which includes peppermint in its Sunday Morning Dry Shampoo.

It has multiple aromatherapy benefits

“Peppermint oil can decongest and calm digestive spasms, but is also known to clear and sharpen the mind, aiding concentration,” says global director of education at Aromatherapy Associates, Christina Salcedas. Aromatherapy Associates uses peppermint in the Support range, which is designed for those suffering “with colds, flus and seasonal allergies”. Breathe in…

It can be mixed into all your favourite bodycare products

If you decide to buy peppermint oil in its pure, essential oil form, it’s a great way to pep up existing products in your routine for a refreshing and fragrant boost. Just remember to dilute it before it comes into contact with the skin. Neal’s Yard Remedies recommends up to five drops per two tablespoons of bath oil, shower gel or carrier oil. Get mixing!

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