Peppermint Oil Inhalation Side Effects

Peppermint Oil Inhalation Side Effects

Peppermint oil contains menthol, which gives it its signature smell and cooling sensation when applied to the skin. It is used on the skin to help patients cool down. Also, it is used to relieve tension headaches. Further, the smell can help make you feel alert and refreshed. If you find peppermint oil to be too strong, you can try spearmint oil.

Peppermint oil inhalation side effects are typically mild. But, you should be aware of them to watch for. These side effects can include:

  • Allergic Reactions
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn

Keep in mind that these reported side effects are usually from patients eating peppermint oil. Therefore, inhaling it might not cause side effects. Currently, it is believed that peppermint oil is safe in pregnant women. But, before taking this supplement, you should ask your doctor. For those patients who are not pregnant, if you are planning on taking peppermint orally, you should ask your doctor. Because peppermint oil can react with your other medicine.

Peppermint Oil Benefits


There are a few different uses for peppermint oil. Currently, there are is not enough evidence to recommend this instead of medicine. Patients have reported that peppermint oil has helped with the following issues:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Morning sickness
  • Colds/cough
  • Sinus infections
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain

Currently, an upset stomach is the most common use for peppermint oil. But, patients have found benefit with colds symptoms and headaches. 

How to Diffuse Essential Oil

Generally, inhaling essential oil fumes is the fastest way to get tea tree oil into your blood. Because of this, it is very important to be careful when inhaling fumes.

When diffusing oils, always:

  • Use in a well-ventilated area
  • Only use for 30-minute intervals
  • Take regular breaks
  • Make sure your pets can leave the room
  • Follow guidelines

Overall, it is important to use these oils safely. If you are taking other medications, please speak with your doctor before using essential oil.

For more information about peppermint oil, and it’s possible uses, please visit Just Health Experts to live doctor chat with a physician.

Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

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