What is peppermint oil?

Peppermint oil is a form of essential oil that is taken from peppermint leaves. This wondrous essential oil is used in numerous forms of healing and treatment for skin and for hair, peppermint oil is very popular. It has become a go-to choice for many people who are looking for a means to help treat and care for their bodies. However, despite being known as a proven solution for dry and itchy skin/scalp, many people choose not to use peppermint oil. If you are looking for a solution to help ease discomfort, especially in your hair, then you should look at using peppermint oil for hair.

As a powerful antimicrobial substance, we can use peppermint oil to kill off many negatives in and around our hair and our scalp. Let’s look at some of the benefits that peppermint oil can provide when used on your hair and scalp. 

Peppermint Oil For Hair: Benefits

Peppermint oil is known for having some excellent long-term benefits for our hair. If you are looking to find ways to help improve the condition of your hair, then you should try and use some peppermint oil. Just some of the benefits from using this substance include:

  • Highly improved hair growth over a prolonged period of time.
  • Helps to improve physical performance over time; great for athletes who want good hair!
  • Helps to cure the skin as a natural analgesic and anaesthetic solution.
  • Great for reducing inflammation in and around the scalp as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Peppermint oil can help to improve blood flow, too, which could minimise hair loss. 
  • Provides bodily relief and can help improve general bodily function. 

Peppermint Oil Side Effects

Just like using any other kind of essential oil product, you can find that it has some long-term side effects. If you feel any of these effects by using peppermint oil, then we recommend that you speak to your physician. As ever, you should seek out independent medical advice before taking any peppermint oil. Some side effects include:

  • A sense of sickness and unevenness in the stomach due to excess potency.
  • Burning, irritation, and even pain in and around the applied area if too strong.
  • Peppermint oil can also be a reason for stomach cramps and headaches if too strong.
  • Peppermint oil can be near fatal in high doses, too.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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