The Power of Peppermint Aromatherapy

Greek mythology says that the nymph Minthe was hotly pursued by Pluto. Pluto’s wife, Persephone, was not too happy about that and she trod poor Minthe into the ground! Pluto then turned Minthe into a flowering herb and so Minthe is still beloved.

Peppermint plant

Add some peppermint to your bath!

The other evening I did the Rose & Coconut Bath, which was wonderful, but I also added about 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil as I was feeling drained. It really picked up my spirits, and made my time in the bath all the more pleasant. I highly recommend adding a little bit of Peppermint Oil to your bath!

The scent of peppermint is crisp, fresh, and menthol, and will clear out the cob webs without getting you hyped up.

Don’t over-do Essential Oils in your bath! Be IN the tub when you add the oil – carefully add about 5 drops to start, wait and see how it smells and feels and then a few more drops if desired. Too much Peppermint Oil can burn! Read this short post for more about adding Essential Oils to your bath. I have the  NOW Foods Peppermint Oil in my bathroom and like it a lot.

Peppermint is prolific and easy to grow. If you have some in your garden, crush some of the leaves in the bath and enjoy it that way.

Peppermint plant

Crush some of the leaves in your bath water

Here are some more properties attributed to Peppermint:

  • Mood uplifting
  • Helps relieve mental fatigue
  • Improves mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory
  • Sharpens the senses
  • Reviving and refreshing
  • Energizing

Peppermint is also helpful for weight loss. If you’re in one of those “grazing” moods, open up the Peppermint Oil and take a few sniffs. The scent usually knocks out the “grazing” mood.

Try it in your bath and let me know how Miss Minthe affected you!

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7 Comments

  1. Posted June 23, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Love your bath tub tips and this one is a great reminder about all the benefits of peppermint! Have a great day!

  2. Ritama
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Let’s not forget the benefits of peppermint ice cream too! A bowl of that in the tub could be pretty sweet too.
    Thanks for checking in so enthusiastically – it’s fabulous to know people are enjoying the tips:)
    Have a lovely day too Beth!

  3. Posted June 23, 2011 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    I add my essential oils directly to the Epsom salts… It helps disperse them into the water (instead of staying on the surface) and then there is no possibility of an accidental eucalyptus spill. (I add the salts at the end, so the eos are not dissipated by the flow of the water.)

    (I have added as many as 12 drops of eucalyptus to my own baths, but I’m a sucker for that sort of tingle ;D)

    Mint is REALLY fabulous for summer bathing (and mornings all year round!). I love mint and lavender and orange together — but rose sounds like a wonderful pairing, too, I shall try that post haste!

  4. Ritama
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks for getting this over from FaceBook so quickly – you are fabulous! Now I’ve gotta copy and paste mine too, here ’tis:

    Adding the oils to Epsom salts is a great tip – I need to remember to do that more.
    Mint is awesome, I love the tingle too – I’ve mixed it with lavender, but not orange – - – - – yet! I’ll try that too, sounds really refreshing.
    Thanks Alexis for adding to the post, I see you are a bathing connoisseur too!

    Have a big bubbly day Alexis!

  5. Posted March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Great post and site – another great benefit of peppermint is pain relief! It’s really helped my sciatic pain.

  6. Ritama
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Peppermint IS amazing! I didn’t know about pain relief – how did you apply it? Bath? Peppermint tea? Do tell!

  7. Leanna Marie Holtsclaw
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Peppermint is great,I love using it for aroma therapy. So just a bit a go I thought I would put it in my bath,wow!! I froze to death. Be careful how much you put in lol.

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