Where to Apply Peppermint Oil for Nausea?

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Peppermint essential oil is a very powerful tool for settling nausea but there is little guidance on how to use it for effective relief. How do you use peppermint essential oil and where should you apply it for relieving nausea?

As a general rule, you should apply undiluted peppermint essential oil to a cotton ball or an aromatherapy inhaler and hold it close to your nose for inhalation to achieve optimum nausea relief. Some people dilute the peppermint oil and apply it to the skin above the upper lip but this can irritate the skin.

I want to help to walk you through how to use peppermint essential oil for powerful and effective nausea relief. Let’s start this effective nausea relief protocol off on the right foot!

Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil comes from a plant called “Mentha x Piperita” and is mainly composed of a chemical called “menthol”. Peppermint is a very popular and commonly used herb grown worldwide. It has been used in ancient traditional medicine down to our day.

Steam distillation is used to extract the oils from the flowering plant’s fresh aerial parts (above ground), which is how peppermint essential oil is created today. The “essential oil” created is a concentrated form of peppermint oil.

Peppermint oil contains 2% volatile oils and is made up of 40-50% menthol among other chemical constitutes such as menthone, iso menthone, menthyl acetate, limone, flavonoids, including luteolin, rutin, hesperidin, and eriocitrin, phenolic acids (e.g., rosmarinic acid), triterpenes (e.g., ursolic and oleanolic acids), coumarins (e.g., aesculetin), biogenic amines (e.g., choline, betaine), protein, and vitamins and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, niacin, potassium, sodium, selenium, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, and vitamins A and C.

Peppermint essential oil is used medicinally as an analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, decongestive, digestive, expectorant, mucolytic, neurotonic, stimulant, and as a vasoconstrictor.

Peppermint essential oil is most beneficial for headaches, sore muscles, increasing alertness and focus, and an upset or sour stomach.

The reason why peppermint essential oil works for nausea is unknown but it’s believed that the large amount of menthol that peppermint oil contains disrupts the cramping involved in nausea by blocking calcium ions.

Where to Apply Peppermint Essential Oil for Nausea Relief?

No one enjoys the discomfort of an upset and nauseated stomach. Stomach upset can happen for multiple reasons. Viral or bacterial infections, overeating, low blood sugar, post-surgery or anesthesia, and from certain medications or vitamins/minerals taken on an empty stomach, observing something stomach-turning, etc…

While many people will take an anti-nausea medication with okay to good results, there are effective alternatives that are both affordable and come with minimal side effects. Aromatherapists are knowledgeable in effective and safe ways to give essential oils that help fight symptoms of nausea.

There are many different ways to enjoy good quality peppermint essential oil (Click the link to buy from Walmart.com). However, not every application will yield the best results if you are trying to prevent or stop a nauseated stomach. Here is the best way to administer peppermint essential oil to achieve optimum results for fast nausea relief!

For nausea relief, take a clean cotton ball or an essential oil nasal inhaler and add 3 drops of pure peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita). Hold the cotton ball or nasal inhaler close to the nose and take slow deep breaths, inhaling the vapors from the peppermint oil. Repeat slow deep breaths as long and as often as necessary, until you experience relief from nausea.
*Follow these instructions for effective and fast nausea relief

Peppermint oil typically provides nausea relief within 2 minutes if used in inhalation. Discontinue use if irritation or allergic reaction occurs.

Essential oils can pack a powerful punch when used correctly. They work with the chemicals in the brain to cause a change in chemistry to occur. Some essential oils could even cause our estrogen levels to spike!

Safety Tips for Peppermint Essential Oil

It’s important to know that peppermint essential oil may not be suitable for all people. In general, peppermint essential oil is considered to be non-toxic and non-irritant but those with sensitive skin should avoid applying it to the skin. However, it may occasionally be sensitizing. It’s crucial to dilute peppermint essential oil before applying it to the skin.

It’s best to keep peppermint essential oil vapors away from the face of infants and children less than 6 years of age due to the potential to cause bronchospasm. Some sources advise using caution with inhalation of peppermint oil for children 11 years and under. Ensure that the room or area where peppermint essential oil will be used is well-ventilated. Peppermint oil is contraindicated (do not administer) for children 2 years and younger.

Use caution if you suffer from GERD (Acid Reflux). Individuals with G6PD deficiency and hypersensitivity to peppermint or menthol should AVOID using peppermint essential oil. Do not apply undiluted peppermint oil to the face.

Patients with liver disease, cholangitis, achlorhydria, gallstones, and any other biliary
should not use peppermint oil.

The scientists over at the EWG Skin Deep database have graded Mentha Piperita a number 5 rating which is in the yellow/orange hazard range, according to their standards for ingredient hazard to health potential. At this point, the only main concern they have about peppermint essential oil is for allergies and immunotoxicity. If you have an autoimmune disorder, it may be best to use peppermint essential oil on an as-needed basis, to help prevent the immune system from developing an allergy to the oil or to the plant.

Peppermint oil has naturally occurring allergens: Limonene, and Linalool. If you are allergic to these substances, please avoid using peppermint essential oil. Consult your health provider before using peppermint oil to ensure that it’s safe for you to use and will not interfere with any preexisting health conditions you have or medications you take.

There is still so much to research and learn about using pure essential oils in a therapeutic setting. Typically, funding is what holds back the research in alternative and holistic therapies. History has shown that humans all over the world have been using peppermint oil with much success for thousands of years. Enjoy using your essential oils safely!


The content in this article is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a trained qualified physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Galeano Massage nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, or supplements or those diagnosed with a medical illness should consult their physicians before implementing any of the self-care advice in this article.


I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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