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Peppermint essential oil: why not call it prepper-mint?
It's one of the best essential oils for your survival kit. Preppers
have dozens of home remedies for peppermint essential oil. They
covet this invigorating substance for its medicinal value, but
there's so much more to this amazing substance in terms of
survival and homesteading uses.

Preppers use
peppermint essential oil around the homestead to
shoo away rodents, spiders and insects. As well, they use
peppermint essential oil to relieve allergies, deal with
menstruation, and boost energy levels as a dietary supplement.
Another strange use is that peppermint essential oil promotes
hair growth!  Below is more about how to use "prepper-mint"
essential oil...

Prepping with peppermint essential oil
Now's the time to start stockpiling and prepping with peppermint
essential oils (mentha piperita). Here are some of the top
reasons preppers, survivalists and homesteaders rely on it:

#1: Peppermint oil improves dental health.
Preppers and homesteaders who make their own homemade
toothpaste know that peppermint essential oils have bacteria-
fighting qualities to limit tooth decay, as well has menthol to
help numb the pain. (
Menthol is a known analgesic.) Peppermint
essential oil freshens breath and improves dental health.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for dental health.
    Dr. Josh Axe in the video at the bottom of the page,
    suggests making a natural toothpaste of equal parts baking
    soda and coconut oil (one tablespoon of each), then mixing
    it with 20 drops of food grade peppermint essential oil.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for fresh breath.
    Got a nasty case of halitosis? Put a single drop of food
    grade peppermint essential oil in a glass of mineral water
    and drink to your health! Alternatively, you can swish with a
    couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in a cup of water.

Your dental health is tied to your gastrointestinal health and
thankfully peppermint essential oil can help there, too as a
dietary supplement.*
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#2: Peppermint oil soothes your tummy troubles.
Preppers, doctors and scientists alike know that peppermint
essential oil improves the gastrointestinal tract, but the Federal
Drug Administration only wants to recognize is as a dietary
supplement. That peppermint essential oil improves minor
tummy trouble is a great reason for having it in the medicine
cabinet, but peppermint oil is effective in so many areas.

Use peppermint essential oil for:

Peppermint oil research is most extensive supporting its use for
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but studies also show that
peppermint oil combined with caraway oil may help relieve
indigestion. Here are some ways to use food grade peppermint

  • How to use peppermint oil for better digestive health.
    Leaky gut, flatulence, and constipation are all symptoms of
    poor digestive health. The prepper home remedy is a food
    grade peppermint oil. Just add it to water or your favorite
    recipes. Add a tiny drop in your water bottle at lunch, or try
    mint brownies, hot chocolate, or a peppermint latte.
    Remember that peppermint oil potent stuff and you need
    only a tiny drop.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for nausea. There
    are three ways to use peppermint essential oil for nausea:
  1. Topical: you can apply peppermint essential oil
    directly to the abdomen, or apply topically as a
    massage to the feet.
  2. Inhalation: you can inhale peppermint essential oil by
    rubbing a few drops in the palm of your hand and
    cupping your hands over your mouth to inhale
  3. Internal: you can drink a peppermint tea or add a
    food grade peppermint oil to your recipes or a tiny
    drop in water.

Peppermint essential oil is so useful in the prepper's medicine
cabinet not only for stomach upset, but also for headaches.

#3: Peppermint oil eases headaches (analgesic).
If you suffer from debilitating migraine headaches, then you've
probably reached for peppermint essential oil -- at least if
you're a prepper! Peppermint oil is an
analgesic for pain relief.

It's pretty easy to use topically in this fashion. Other preppers
support its efficacy for headaches, though there's not been
much research there has been some:

  • How to use peppermint essential oil to get rid of
    headaches:  Peppermint essential oil can alleviate
    headaches according to Dr. Josh Axe if you use apply it on
    the  forehead and on the temples. Peppermint essential oil
    is one of the four essential oils for headaches that he

Working on the homestead may present more injuries than
headaches and peppermint essential oil can help there, too.

#4: Peppermint oil helps heal injuries, such as
bruising and joint pain.
Homestead chores are hard work, and peppermint essential oil
can help relieve pain from injuries and help heal the mishaps
that may happen. Peppermint oil helps bruises heal more
rapidly and soothes sore joints. As a
natural analgesic
peppermint essential oil has an effect that's numbing and yet
refreshing. It can cool you down after a workout. Use it as
spritzer after a workout and see how refreshing it is.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for bruising. Apply
    on drop topically to a bruise, provided there is no broken
    skin, one drop peppermint essential oil and one drop
    frankincense,which also has bruise healing properties.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil as a muscle rub: Dr.
    Josh Axe suggests mixing peppermint essential oil with
    Frankincense. The two work in concert to provide
    comforting relief after a workout. If you have sensitive skin
    you should dilute it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil.

    Alternatively choose a blend. Right, Rapid Relief includes
    peppermint, along with clove bud, laurel leaf, black pepper,
    cinnamon cassia, ginger root, German chamomile, juniper
    berry, and thyme. Blend with your favorite massage oils,
    lotions, liniment, or compresses topically to reduce the
    perception of pain by creating heat and increasing

As a muscle rub peppermint essential oils does an amazing job
of soothing aching joints or
arthritis, too.

#5: Peppermint oil relieves arthritis.
The active component of peppermint essential oil is menthol.
The application of the menthol on skin causes a skin reaction to
relieve arthritis. Dr. Josh Axe suggests peppermint oil is
one of
top essential oils for relieving symptoms of arthritis.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for muscle aches.
    Consult the Home-made Muscle Rub recipe from Dr. Josh
    Axe. Alternatively you can find a product which includes

  • Dr Bronner's muscle rub. The organic Arnica-Menthol
    Magic Balm offers you the perfect healing salve for
    sore muscles, aches and pains, and even nasal

  • Pain, pain, go away! Also pictured right, is a natural
    arthritic medicine made with peppermint, plai, and
    spearmint oil, and blended with bath salts to remedy
    and ease pain, relax your muscles, and get you back
    to tiptop shape!

Did you know that
as weather changes arthritis gets worse
thanks to barametric pressure? In the winter months, you
should reach for peppermint oil! It boosts immunity, too. Learn
more about
essential oils for arthritis.

#6: Peppermint oil boosts immunity.
Did you know that peppermint oil has minerals and nutrients in
it? Peppermint contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and
Vitamin C. The vitamin C content is one way peppermint oil
helps boost immunity.

Among the top essentials oils to boost immunity are
lavender, tea tree, thyme  and of course,
peppermint. The active composition of carvacrol helps fight
bacteria to promote a healthy immune system.

Peppermint oil, tea tree oil, thyme oil also can provide an
effective intracanal antiseptic solution against oral pathogens,"
according to the conclusions of an abstract published by the U.
S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
The study also reported peppermint oil "has antiseptic and anti-
spasmodic effect; in reducing mucus and relieving coughs,
sinusitis, throat infections, colds, flu, asthma and bronchitis."

  • How to use peppermint essential oil to boost immunity:
    Take an herbal tea.

As an extra measure of natural goodness, peppermint is a
antibacterial. You can use it to help with acne!

#7: Peppermint oil fights acne (anti-bacterial).
One of the lesser known uses of peppermint essential oil is for
acne prevention, but it's true! The bacteria-fighting powers of
peppermint essential oil will effectively help treat acne as a
topical treatment method. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola,
Peppermint oil can aid in oil secretion in skin, therefore
preventing acne."

Another doctor concurs!
Dr. Josh Axe lists acne treatment as
#13 on his list of peppermint oil uses and benefits because
studies show it has anti-microbial properties.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil to fight acne. Dab
    peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and press gentle
    on the blemish. Be careful in using peppermint essential oil
    on your face as you need to avoid the eye area. It's much
    better as a treatment for acne on the back where you can
    use it more liberally as a rejuvenating rub.

Herbal Cures, pictured right, by Herbalist Christine Scallan,
you will learn how to use herbs such as peppermint, along with
basil, marjoram and St John’s Wort to treat a huge range of
ailments, including acne.

#8: Peppermint oil is an antifungal.
You'll need an antifungal for such conditions as athlete's foot,
jock itch, ringworm, toe nail infection or a yeast infection and
for some of these conditions, peppermint oil provides the

Peppermint essential oil is both an
antibacterial and antifungal,
according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National
Institutes of Health, which published a scientific abstract of the
antibacterial and antifungal activities of ten essential oils and
which revealed that both "
eucalyptus and peppermint oils were
effective against eleven fungi." As well peppermint oil was
effective against all 22 bacterial strains tested.

According to an abstract from,
essential oil relieves itching from herpes blisters, ringworm
infestation, scabies, poison oak, and ivy. It's the mentha oil in
peppermint relieves itching. You'll also find scientific proof on
the relief of fungal infections on the following conditions:

NOTE: Peppermint oil in high concentration can cause a burning
sensation and sensitization. Use a
carrier oil.

#9: Peppermint oil relieves some allergies.
That peppermint essential oil is effective as a seasonal allergy
relief may be surprising, but it is! One important caveat is this:

NEVER attempt to use essential oils to treat asthma attacks
. If
you want a natural alternative to relief asthma, consider asking
your physician about
lavender essential oil inhalation, instead.
Lavender essential oil, according to the abstract published in
the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of
Health, suppresses allergic airway inflammation.

With that said, you can use peppermint essential oil in a
natural capacity to help deal with minor food allergies, seasonal
allergy relief, and also to soothe your skin from allergens.
Peppermint essential oil can help you deal with hives, and skin
irritants, such bug bites, poison oak and poison ivy.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for food allergies.
    For food allergies, peppermint essential oil works! Dr. Josh
    Axe recommends, you "Take 1–2 drops of lemon or
    peppermint oil internally to relieve the symptoms of a food
    allergy." It's one of the top five essential oils for allergies
    he recommends, but you should consult your physician to
    see if this is right for you. Food allergies can be life-

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for nasal allergy
    relief. Use a diffuser with water and add a few drops of
    peppermint essential oil. Alternatively, you can simply rub
    a few drops of peppermint essential oils in the palm of
    your hand and rub them together, then cup your hands to
    inhale. As well, lavender essential oil inhalation
    suppresses allergic airway inflammation. If peppermint
    essential oil is too overpowering for the diffuser, try
    combining the two.Alternatively, for seasonal allergies,
    diffuse peppermint essential oil with clove oil and
    eucalyptus oil, equal parts of each.

#10: Peppermint oil improves respiratory function.
Peppermint essential oil has decongestant and antihistamine
properties and peppermint essential oil can really help open the
Peppermint essential oil helps improve lung capacity
and inhalation ability, as published by the U.S. National Library
of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Conditions that will benefit from the improved respiratory
function include allergies (sinus)- peppermint essential oil can
open the sinuses to help you breath better during allergy
season, as well as asthma and bronchitis.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for allergies. You
    need only a drop under the tongue, in mineral water or rub
    directly on the neck to get benefits for allergies, according
    to Dr. Axe in an article on essential oils for allergies. As
    well, Dr. Axe also suggests using peppermint essential oil
    with eucalyptus essential oil as a natural vapor rub. The
    recipe is simple: a tablespoon of coconut oil mixed with
    five drops of eucalyptus essential oil and peppermint
    essential oil and rub the mixture on the chest.

#11: Peppermint oil offers stress relief.
Peppermint is invigorating, but it also provides a sense of relief
from stress. Irritability is often a combination of factors difficult
to pinpoint, but you can both clear your mind and relax with
peppermint essential oil. Peppermint essential oil is refreshing,
a mental stimulant and energizing.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil for stress relief.
    Using peppermint essential oil for stress relief is easy. Use
    one tiny drop in your hands, rub and then cup your hands
    over your nostrils and inhale. You'll find quick and
    invigorating relief. Just be sure to wash your hands to help
    avoid getting peppermint oil into your eyes.

#12: Peppermint oil increases energy.
Invigorating after yoga, peppermint essential oil surely will
awaken the senses.

Peppermint has been linked to improved exercise performance in
a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
National Institutes of Health likely for this reason.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil to increase your
    energy: You need only smell peppermint essential oil or
    diffuse it to increase your energy. Women may enjoy
    wearing a diffusing necklace and infuse it with peppermint
    oil to feel invigorated throughout the day.

Remember to wash hands as peppermint oil on the hands, could
rub into your eyes and cause severe pain.

#13: Peppermint oil soothes menstrual cramping.
Peppermint essential oil even works to reduce pain associated
with cramping. Dr. Josh Axe, (DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor
of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical
nutritionist) suggests
seven natural remedies for menstrual
cramps, and among them he recommends you apply ylang ylang
oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil with a warm compress to
reduce pain. Try also
lavender essential oil for relief of
symptoms associated with menstruation, such as cramps.

#14: Repels insects (mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice).
Peppermint essential oil acts as an effective insect repellent,
especially with mosquitoes and fleas, but also with headlice.

The nice thing about lavender essential oil is that it can help
relieve a bug bite, as well as to repel insects! Other essential
oils for bug bite relief include chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender
essential oil and
thyme. Note that lavender essential oil, thyme
peppermint essential oil also have insect repellent qualities.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil as an insect
    repellent: Depending on the insect, peppermint essential
    oil is usually combined with other essential oils, such as
    citronella or lavender essential oil.

Spiders aren't considered insects (they are arachnids), but you
can get rid of the just the same with peppermint essential oil
as you would to get rid of (spiders).

#15: Gets rid of spiders!
Peppermint essential oil gets rid of spiders. If you find a spider
web, spray peppermint essential oil in the area and your itsy
bitsy spider will go away. And it's not just arachnids that dislike
peppermint essential oil. You can repel insects, too.

  • How to use peppermint essential oil to get rid of spiders:
    Add several drops of peppermint essential oil to a very
    small spray bottle. Spray in areas where you've seen
    spiders. They won't return.

#16: Makes rodents find a new home.
Want to get rid of mice and rats? Peppermint oil is almost
poison for them. It literally burns their nostrils! They will stay

  • How to use peppermint oil to get rid of rodents: Add a
    couple of potent drops of 100% peppermint oil to a cotton
    swab. A few well placed cotton balls are all you need. Set
    them in the usual places, such as cracks in the wall, along
    the corridors of the cement where they may scatter about.
    You can also mix a tablespoon of peppermint oil to a cup
    of water and spray, but be sure to have those cotton balls
    in place as your major deterrent.

#17: Peppermint oil helps grow hair!
Who knew that peppermint essential oil helps grow hair? We
didn't make that up! It's a published fact! According to scientific
proof, "Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic
Signs." The abstract printed by the U.S. National Library of
Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

  • How to use peppermint oil to grow hair: Mix a few drops
    of peppermint essential oil with jojoba oil as a carrier oil
    and massage into the scalp where you'd like to stimulate
    hair growth. Allow the natural medicine to absorb for half
    hour, then shampoo it out.

#18: Endless medicinal uses.
Peppermint essential oil is among the most basic essential oils
for your essential oil medicine cabinet.
Preppers also love peppermint essential oil  as an effective
home remedy for easing tummy troubles, dealing with colds and
congestion, and improving dental health.

  • antibacterial. Peppermint essential oil can aid against a
    Staph infection, which comes about as a production of
    toxins by bacteria.

  • antimicrobial. Peppermint essential oil has a antimicrobial
    effect on E. coli bacterium, as well Salmonella, Herpes and
    other viruses, Candida, and Giardia.

There has been censorship in regards to
Ebola and peppermint
oil as a medicine. It is well documented that peppermint oil
helps herpes (HSV)! This essential oil is capable to exert a
direct virucidal effect on HSV! Here is the
abstract on the
virucidal effect of peppermint oil, the essential oil of Mentha
piperita, against herpes simplex virus, which was examined.

Peppermint Oil Blends Well With...
There's so much to love about peppermint oil, if you're a
prepper. Best of all, peppermint essential oil blends well with
so many essential oils. Below are some ideas to get you started.

  • Massage oil. Blend your peppermint essential oil with
    lavender essential oil and marjoram oil, right, in equal
    proportions along with jojoba oil  to create a relaxing and
    therapuetic body massage oil. Peppermint oil works well
    with these calming and relaxing oils. The result is an
    invigorating massage.

  • Allergy blend. Peppermint oil blends well with clove oil and
    eucalyptus oil. The trio can be beneficial for allergies by
    helping to release nasal passages. Use the clove oil with
    caution and dilute it well with a carrier oil.

  • Carrier oils to try: Peppermint oil works well with a variety
    of carrier oils, such as fractionated coconut, jojoba,
    grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Have a look at our
    prepper's list of carrier oils.

  • Essential oils to try. Peppermint oil blends well with basil,
    coriander, eucalyptus oil, geranium, lavender,, lemon,
    rosemary, spearmint, spruce, vanilla, wintergreen, and
    ylang ylang. Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, floral
    aroma with a hint of citrus and mint, which is why it blends
    so well with peppermint, in particular.

Peppermint essential oil is so versatile and welcome in the
prepper's pantry, cleaning supplies and
prepper's medical
cabinet. Get to know prepper-mint! Peppermint essential oil has
a high medicinal value, but preppers also use peppermint
essential oil around the homestead to shoo away rodents,
spiders and insects; relieve allergies; deal with menstruation;
boost energy levels, and so much more...

Peppermint essential oil warnings
No discussion of peppermint essential oils for preppers would
be complete without a little warning.

Peppermint oil is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes,
keep out of the reach of children. If pregnant, consult with your
health care provider before use.

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Peppermint essential oil is among the best starter essential oils
for preppers. Revitalizing, invigorating and cooling when applied
topically as aromatherapy, also helps with fevers, headaches,
sinuses, as well as muscle and nerve pain, which is why
preppers like it so much in the medicine cabinet.

Mentha piperita, otherwise known as peppermint essential oil,
not only improves breath, but heals digestive tract, fights
cancer and means so much more to preppers!

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* These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
For any health or dietary matter, always consult your physician. This information is
intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional
medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Never disregard or delay
in seeking medical advice when available. As a reminder, these statements about
extracts have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug

Warnings about essential oils and pregnancy: As with all essential oils, do not use
internally unless you have express approval from a certified practioner. Essential oils
for consumption must be food grade and are taken with caution only and never
during pregnancy. Consult with a physician or healthcare practitioner if you are
pregnant or are nursing. Also, do not use essential oils in eyes or on eyelids, and
keep of reach of children.
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