Peppermint Oil Hair Benefits

A couple weeks ago in the middle of my scalp felt really tender, I endured the tender feeling until I went into my cosmetics cupboard and saw my bottles of oil. The peppermint oil screamed, use me– use me. So I did, I put a drop on my finger and gently massaged it into my tender spot. It tingled for a bit, that nice ‘pepperminty’ tingle and then I went about my business. The next day, the tender spot was barely noticeable, I applied a drop more and after doing this for one day more, my tender spot was no longer tender. Whatever malady my hair was experiencing was cleared up by good old peppermint oil. So what is it about peppermint oil that makes it such a good essential oil for the hair?
The health benefits of peppermint oil are extensively studied by the scientific community, so there is a whole slew of information on it. Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It has a host of benefits to the body including nausea and stress, dental care, irritable bowel syndrome and pain relief. For the hair though, peppermint oil is a must have essential oil to have on hand.

Here’s why:

· It balances the pH on your scalp; this makes it very useful in dry, flaky scalp situations.
· Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp and also the follicle of the hair; this stimulation is a precursor to hair growth.
· It fights dandruff, and head lice. I would imagine that lice would find the scent of the peppermint oil offensive, but while lice might not like the scent of the oil, your hair certainly does. This oil has a soothing scent just use it sparingly; use too much and you smell like candy or toothpaste all day.
· Peppermint oil is a great hair conditioner; it adds shine and gloss to the hair and also gives the hair body.
· Peppermint oil is a staple in several hair loss preparations because it binds the hair roots, and increases the blood circulation on the scalp.

How To Use Peppermint Oil for Hair
Peppermint oil can be used for both dry and oily hair conditions, as mentioned before it balances the hair’s pH. Here are some useful ways to add peppermint oil to your hair regimen.
· As a pre-shampoo treatment, mix 3 drops of peppermint oil to your favourite carrier oil (castor, coconut, jojoba, almond, olive), apply to hair overnight, cover hair with plastic cap, cover that with your sleeping scarf, shampoo in the morning.
· Peppermint oil can be easily incorporated in your shampoo. Just add 2 drops to your shampoo. You can also do the same for your conditioner.
· For hair issues like intense itching or flaky scalp, use 2 drops peppermint oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops vitamin E oil and 1 tablespoon of your regular carrier oil, massage this into the scalp. It works for a whole host of dry hair conditions.
· For scalp massages, peppermint oil is very soothing. Use 2 to three drops and a teaspoon of carrier oil.

Peppermint oil is very intense and can cause scalp irritation if used in its concentrated form and applied directly to the scalp, it is always best to dilute peppermint oil before using it directly on the skin.


  • Razzi said:

    i have a question for tea tree oil is that also the same as peppermint cause if so i have been using it but not that much and after i use it i wait a couple hours and then i blow dry my hair is that a good idea or no

    • ktgbeauty said:

      Sorry for respnding so late in the game… I just got a hold to this website. Tea tree oil is very differnt than peppermint oil. Tea tree is used more for antiseptic and antifungal properties. you can add tea tree oil to your shampoo or conditioner(about 10-20 drops depending on prefernce of strength) as well as peppermint oil. I use both peppermint oil and tea tree oil together in my shampoo/conditioner and it works very well! 🙂

  • Syed said:

    My brother who is getting married in June this year has been loosing hair as a side effect of a medication he was on.
    Now his patchy baldly thinness is seen visibly right above his forehead . He is 26 years old. Would highly appreciate your help.

  • angel said:

    Hello. If essential oils lock in or lock out mouisture. what product do you recommend for dry hair to give mouisture along with the oils. Thank You.

  • Reks said:

    Dear Brenda,

    I am 39 yrs. I have oily scalp & thinning all over more visible in front center part. It was due to my anemic condition which is cured allready but my hair is still gettin worst day by day. As female its embrasing. Please suggest some oils to get full hair.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Reks,

      Tea tree oil and lavender oils for essential oils and sweet almond (because it is so thin) for a carrier oil.

  • Carol said:

    I just wanted to know which of these essential oils I can’t use if I’m pregnant or to use on a pregnant woman.

  • dt said:

    I have sehorborric dermatitis and im loosing my hair also from anxiety what products can I use?

  • James Henderson said:

    since talking peppermint oil capsules since a month now i have noticed that my beard and head hair r starting to turn black. anyone out there noticed the same?

  • Chido said:

    Is it the same with the peppermint oil we use for baking?thank you.

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  • deborah said:

    I have genetic hair loss ,I have bought. Rosemary,lavender,cinnamon and carrot seed oil to mix with castor oil or almond . I don’t have any idea, of the quantities I need to mix. I would be grateful for your advice .

  • Kate said:

    Is coconut oil a good carrier for peppermint oil for my white hair or for any other uses? (Added benefit for peppermint. It seems to kill mosquito larva quickly…)

  • Jack B. Gross said:

    how long does it take to get rsults from using peppermint oil/te tree oil treatments for thinning hair?

  • Rifat Tabassam said:

    I have never tried peppermint oil to my hair. Nice to know about the great benefits of this hair-product. Thank you. You can also read this article:

  • zoeey said:

    can peppermint oil be used on my hair while i pregnant.never tried it but i read alot upon it off utube. an alot of black people say it works .

  • Gabella Minerals said:

    I love Spearmint Shampoo from Gabella Minerals. Spearmint does control dandruff and it feels so nice on your scalp. It comes with a small size conditioner that smells amazing. I love the scent of Jasmine.

  • Dorcas said:

    Can peppermint oil be used as a sealant?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      No. Carrier oils like coconut, olive, castor, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado are the better alternatives. Too much peppermint oil can be irritating to your skin. Use sparingly. A few drops are all you need.

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