To use peppermint oil, start by getting oil that is organic, pure, and safe for use. You can then use the oil by massaging it into your skin, inhaling it, or swallowing it in capsules of peppermint oil when you have a headache.
Do a skin test before use.
Before you apply the peppermint oil as a liquid to your skin, put a small amount behind your ear. Wait 10-15 minutes. If you do not develop a rash, irritation, or feel a burning sensation, you can then use the oil on the rest of your body.
- If you experience any adverse skin issues, you may be allergic to the oil or your skin may be too sensitive for the oil. You can try having the oil in capsule form instead, or inhale it.
Massage the oil onto your forehead, temples, and behind your ears.
Putting the oil directly on your skin will help your body absorb it fast. Place one to two drops of the oil on these areas. Use clean fingers to gently massage in the oil in small, circular motions.
- You can also try applying the oil on your neck, just below your ears, and your chest.
Inhale the oil if you don’t want to apply it to your skin.
Hold the peppermint oil under your nose and take several deep breaths, inhaling the oil through your nostrils. Do this for at least one minute so you inhale enough of the oil.
- You should feel a tingling sensation in your nose as you inhale.
Wait 15-30 minutes for the oil to take effect.
ay down in a quiet, low-lit spot and close your eyes. Try to relax and stay calm so the oil can take effect. You may experience a cooling sensation on your skin or nostrils, but it should go away as the oil dissolves.
- The peppermint oil should work for at least 15-30 minutes. You can reapply or inhale the oil again as needed.
Take 0.2 to 0.4 milliliters (0.041 to 0.081 tsp) of oil in capsule form one to three times a day.
This is a good option if you’d prefer to have the peppermint oil in pill form, rather than apply it to your skin or inhale it through your nose. Have the peppermint oil capsules with water. Do not have more than three capsules a day.
- Avoid taking peppermint oil capsules with antacids, as this can cause heartburn.
Go to your doctor if you experience a rash or skin irritation. If you notice any redness, bumps, or a rash on the spots where you have applied the peppermint oil, talk to your doctor. You may be allergic to the oil or have a skin issue that interacts badly with the oil. Although peppermint oil is very effective for the headache, but if it’s not working on you then you should see a doctor.