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November 8, 2011

All Tingly For Peppermint Oil- Natural Hair Remedies


By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

Ok ladies, I’m here today to chat a bit about one of my all-time favorite essential oils…
Peppermint oil! Oooo, my scalp’s getting all tingly from just saying it!

I really like this oil because it has so many wonderful benefits and uses- from hair to health.
So let’s first start with the hair benefits… Did you know that peppermint oil can be used for:
  • Scalp Health: Peppermint oil is a natural astringent and helps to balance your scalps acid mantle. It can also normalize sebum production and protect against oily skin.
  • Hair Growth: Because of its ability to relax blood vessels and stimulate blood flow to hair follicles, peppermint oil has also been used to stimulate hair growth.
And now let’s look at its general health benefits… Did you know that peppermint oil has been used for:
  • Congestion: the menthol in peppermint oil can relieve the symptoms of the flu, colds, allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • Indigestion and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: can help to relieve nausea and upset stomach.
  • Urinary Tract Infections: this oil has even been used for treating urinary tract infections (UTI).
Finally, if you’re into aromatherapy then you should try peppermint oil for:
  • Stress Relief: it has been used to induce relief from anxiety, stress, headache and depression.
I have a diffuser and like to regularly burn peppermint oil while I sleep- especially after a stressful day.
  • Pain Relief: this oil has muscle relaxing effects and can be used directly on skin to relieve soreness and pain. Just add a few drops to a carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. Then massage into skin. Also make sure to relax and deeply inhale the aroma of the oil.

Do you use peppermint oil for your hair and your health? What are some of your favorite essential oils?


If you’d like to send a comment/question to Dr. Phoenyx Austin, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Phoenyx is a writer, media personality, and physician.


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Chris said...

It is amazing that you would do a post about peppermint oil today as I have been raving about it just recently and you confirmed everything I know. A co-worker just yesterday rubbed some peppermint and lavendar oil on her temples for a migraine and she said she felt instance relief. I have always added peppermint oil to my henna gloss and dc treatments. It makes my scalp feel so tingly and a life long history of dandruff is gone. Previously I had a cold and I had added some peppermint oil to my spray bottle for my hair and discovered by chance that it was great for congestion as the smell cleared up my sinuses. If you can't tell, this is a favorite and I am reaping all of the benefits!!! YAY for peppermint oil!!!

Anonymous said...

Where do you buy peppermint oil?

zarwaylay said...

Peppermint oil for headaches...have to try this!!

Jay-Jay said...

@Anonymous-You can get Peppermint oil at any Health Store. I got mine at Vitamin Shoppe. I also like Cayenne pepper oil. It doesn't burn the scalp but it has the same tingling feeling and benefit for hair growth as peppermint oil.

Tiffani B said...

I use tea tree oil on my scalp.

launie said...

I actually never tried an essential oil. I always wanted too but didn't know where to find it. I tried trader joes but I guess they don't carry it there.

THE GLAM GARAGE said...

Yep, I was about to say that if you have a headache you can massage your temples with peppermint oil, and it helps tremendously as I used it when I was preggers and didn't want to take any meds...saw it on Dr.Oz :)

Can't wait to try it on my tresses

ABdS said...

Oh peppermint oil how I love thee! I also love eucalyptus and tea tree (which are genus cousins, lavendar, ginger, orange, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, rosemary... OMG!!! My list can really go on and on but my must haves are the first four, for sure! I use them in my homemade hair spritz, balm and body butters, diffuse them or add them to my humidifer during the dry winter months.

Y'all better find out about essential oils they really are one of natures best therapies.

-ABdS

Anonymous said...

I LOVE peppermint in my mouth!!! Don't put it on my hair though.
Lavender is great for relaxation purposes. Love to put a few drops in my hair spritz at times.

Monz03b said...

Would you add the peppermint oil to a carrier oil to apply it to your scalp? I heard it was super strong and should be mixed with a carrier oil. I haven't used it on my hair yet. I may try it today :)

Angel said...

I use peppermin oil and lavendar oil. I purchase them from Whole Foods.

Natural Beauty said...

I know for a fact that peppermint oil work for headaches. I always add a few drops of PO to my spray mist. I love PO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Essential oils are just great overall health tools especially for skin, hair, and hygiene. I am glad Curly Nikki posted this blog, as I use peppermint oil also for a variety of uses. I make a homemade oil mix with a few drops of peppermint oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and a bit of conditioner. I also use a drop in my mouth after I brush and floss to kill any left behind bacteria and for a super fresh mouth.I make a mix of lavender oil and jojoba oil as a facial cleanser. It's awesome!

adst2nv said...

I have always loved peppermint oil! I love products that contain it. When I went natural, I started adding a few drops to my conditioner just so I can feel the tingling sensation. I have migraines sometime, and funny thing is, I have never tried peppermint oil as a remedy. I must try it next time. Great post!

Anonymous said...

I suffer from severe migraines and I can attest that rubbing peppermint oil on your temples does aide in alleviating it; however its not instaneous. I also add it to jojoba oil and use it for scalp massages.

OloriOba said...

oooh, peppermint oil!! I love it! I started using it on my scalp about 4 years ago and the dandruff I always had has gone! Like totally gone!! I also use it if I have caught a cold by putting some drops in boiling hot water, placing my face over the bowl with my eyes closed and putting a towel over my head which also covers the bowl. So like a steam bath for my face but the cold gets cleared every time. Also helps me relax. Essential oils are GREAT!!

Jaynese said...

I've been using Peppermint oil in my spritz and mix with my carrot oil for more than a year. I love this stuff!!

Randi415 said...

Thank You!! I've had a bottle of peppermint oil for a while now and wasn't sure how to use it. I have been putting a few drops in my bath water (sooo relaxing) I kinda rotate peppermint and lavender. I have a few other issues mentioned that I can use it for scalp, muscle aches, I had no idea peppermint oil had so many great benefits. So again THANX!!

Anonymous said...

I love Tea Tree oil for my scalp and I use a little on my hair as well. I suffer from migraines so I must try the peppermint oil on my temples.

edotsey said...

Just go to Amazon, they have huge selections of essential oils, at really low prices, too. I buy just about everything on Amazon, though :)

Anonymous said...

I just added some to my body lotion after my evening shower. Think I may have gone a lil overboard with it, because the cooling effect was a bit too cool! I wrapped up in a sweatshirt,sweatpants and fleece blanket, turned up my heat and was still "freezing" for a good 30 minutes, lol. I smell like a candy cane now, so it was worth it. But I'll do this again in the sweltering summer heat :-)

Anonymous said...

Peppermint is also a natural insect repellent. I bathe with Dr. Bronner's peppermint pure castile soap. Didn't get one mosquito bite. They swarmed me but didn't land on me. Thanks for this post. I always tell my family and friends about the benefits of natural remedies and I usually get a side-eye. I re-post and fwd to let them know I'm not some crazy witch doctor. LOL The natural community gives me street cred!!!

Anonymous said...

Peppermint oil is one of the first essential oils I tried on my natural. FLOVE the stuff. The tingling sensation is awesome. Tried it for migraines, but if your diagnosed, the drug is much better (seriously). Great post. But I can't wait to try the lavender, almond, rosemary, etc.

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