Willow Sidhe is a nature enthusiast with over a decade of experience creating natural health and beauty products for herself and her family.
Peppermint Oil for Skin
Peppermint essential oil produces a powerful, minty aroma valued in aromatherapy for its ability to revitalize and rejuvenate. The oil also stimulates circulation to the skin, reduces inflammation, normalizes oily skin, and refreshes, making it an excellent choice for natural cosmetics.
It's often used in home remedies for acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, ringworm, and scabies. Commonly found in herbal soaps, astringents, foot baths, and lotions, peppermint oil invigorates the skin when used externally. Aromatherapists believe that it reduces mental fatigue and depression, refreshes the spirit, promotes mental clarity, and improves concentration.
The following recipes utilize peppermint's healing and cosmetic properties. You can purchase peppermint essential oil for use in these recipes from natural health stores or order it online. Just make sure to buy 100 percent pure essential oil, as low-quality essential oil yields low-quality results. Avoid fragrance oils, as they don't contain the same therapeutic properties.
Peppermint Soap Recipe
Single essential oils are excellent for use in bath soaps. Choose peppermint for a refreshing and brisk awakening. This soap is best used for your morning shower, as peppermint essential oil is too stimulating to use near bedtime. You can purchase glycerin soap base, soap molds, and soap coloring at craft and hobby stores or order them online. I like to use the clear glycerin soap so I can see the herbs inside, but you can also use white or colored if you want.
- 2 lbs glycerin soap base
- Glass pan or double boiler
- 1 tbsp dried peppermint leaves
- 1/2 tsp peppermint essential oil
- A few drops of red liquid soap coloring or a few shavings of red solid soap coloring
- Soap molds
- Muslin or cheesecloth
- Cut the glycerin soap into 1-inch squares and melt in a glass pan or double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly until just melted. Do not allow the soap to simmer or boil.
- Remove the pan from heat, then add the dried peppermint leaves, peppermint essential oil, and soap coloring. Stir constantly while making the additions.
- Pour the soap mixture into soap molds and set aside for 4 to 8 hours, or until the soap has completely set.
- Wrap the soap in muslin or cheesecloth until ready to use.
Peppermint Lotion Recipe
Peppermint essential oil gives this moisturizing lotion a refreshing aroma. It helps regulate sebum production, which makes it fantastic for oily skin. Almost all of the ingredients necessary to make this formula can be purchased at your local supermarket. You may have to visit a health food store, mail order venue, or online retailer to get beeswax, however.
- 1 tsp dried peppermint leaves
- 2 cups
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/3 cup almond oil
- Double boiler or glass pan
- 1 oz beeswax, grated
- Wire whisk
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
- Glass jar with lid
- Place the dried peppermint leaves in the bottom of a cup, then pour the boiling water over the top of the herbs. Cover, allow to steep for 15 minutes, and strain into the second cup.
- Warm the almond oil on the top of a double boiler or glass pan over low heat. Add the beeswax and stir until just melted.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Add 2 ounces of the peppermint tea, beating constantly with a wire whisk, until well-combined.
- Stir in the peppermint essential oil and food coloring. Transfer the mixture to a glass storage jar and store it in a cool, dark place when not in use.
- To use, massage a small amount of the lotion into the skin gently, using small circular motions.
Peppermint Salt Glow Recipe
A salt glow, also known as a sea salt body scrub, is a popular and refreshing spa treatment used to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. It hydrates the skin and when using peppermint essential oil, invigorates the body and mind. You can typically find sea salt available at supermarkets and natural health stores.
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- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to thoroughly combine.
- To use, massage the mixture into the skin using a circular motion for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Rinse clean with tepid water.
Peppermint Foot Bath Recipe
This restorative foot bath eases stress, soothes tired feet, and may even reduce headaches by drawing excess blood from the head to the feet. It also serves as a great treatment for smelly feet.
- 1 tsp sweet almond oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- Fill a basin or bowl with warm water, and then add the almond oil and peppermint oil.
- Swish the water with your hands to disperse the oil.
- Place your feet in the water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes, until your feet feel tingly and cool.
- For even more stimulation, place some pebbles or marbles in the bottom of the basin and rub your feet over them during the soak.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2010 Willow Sidhe
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 04, 2015:
Willow, this was a great hub about peppermint essential oil and bar soap. It's packed with a lot of useful information for future knowledge. Voted up!
Willow Sidhe (author) on February 03, 2013:
I'm glad you liked them. Thanks for checking out the hub. :)
jeri741 from Lancaster, Ky on February 01, 2013:
I do love peppermint soaps. Thanks for the recipes
greenvalley from Courtenay, BC on June 08, 2010:
Some cautions to mention about peppermint essential oil: It can be an irritant; use only 1 to 2 drops in the bath. Keep away from children under 7. Avoid during pregnancy. Use for inhalation only to help with nausea. Avoid in cardiac fibrillation.