Cultivated since ancient times, peppermint has been a staple of both Eastern and Western medicine, food, beverage and scents for ages.
Whether in herbal tea, chewing gum, mouthwash, alcoholic beverages, cold medicine, tobacco or candies, peppermint is a familiar scent and flavor. It is great in blends for the winter holidays, and great in the summer time too with its cooling properties. It's pretty much versatile enough to use all year around!
Scientific Name for Peppermint:
Peppermint Essential Oil Smells Like:
Peppermint Essential Oil Blends Well With:
Peppermint Essential Oil Safety:
In Soap Making:
When using it in your soap recipes, be careful…it’s strong! When calculating blends with mint, I use about half as much mint as I would normally use in the blend.
In blends, it feels refreshing, stimulating, clean and clearing. When used in balms or soaps recipes, you can literally feel its cooling effect due to the menthol in it.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes using peppermint essential oil:
- Orange and Patchouli
- 6 parts orange
- 2 parts patchouli
- 1 part peppermint
- Minty Fresh - Dog Soap Recipe - (great for humans too)
- 1 part peppermint essential oil
- 1 part lavender essential oil
- 1 part tea tree essential oil
- 1 part cedarwood essential oil
- Peppermint Foot Soak/Bath Salts Recipe
- 2 cups of epsom salt
- 2 cups of sea salt
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 ounce of lavender essential oil
- 1/4 ounce of tea tree essential oil
- 40 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mint Medley Soap Blend - good with the Peppermint Ice Soap Project
- 2 parts peppermint
- 2 parts spearmint
- 1 part cedarwood or patchouli
In Candle Making:
- 5 parts citronella essential oil
- 6 parts lavender essential oil
- 4 parts peppermint essential oil
Once you've experimented with peppermint, be sure to try spearmint and some of the other wonderful mints like corn mint and bergamot mint.