The Power of Peppermint Aromatherapy

Greek mythology says that the water nymph Minthe was hotly pursued by Hades, god of the underworld. Hades’ wife, Persephone, was not too happy about that and she trod poor Minthe into the ground!

Hades felt bad about the whole thing and he turned Minthe into a divine, aromatically scented flowering herb, so Minthe is still beloved. Pretty sure the Greek Gods are the inspiration for modern day soap operas, so much drama!

Peppermint plant

Add some peppermint to your bath!

The other evening I did the Rose & Coconut Bath, which was wonderful, but I also added about 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil as I was feeling drained. It really picked up my spirits, and made my time in the bath all the more pleasant. I highly recommend adding a little bit of Peppermint Oil to your bath!

The scent of peppermint is crisp, fresh, and menthol, and will clear out the cob webs without getting you hyped up.

Don’t over-do Essential Oils in your bath! Be IN the tub when you add the oil – carefully add about 3 drops to start, wait and see how it smells and feels and then a few more drops if desired. Read this short post for more about adding Essential Oils to your bath. I add  Peppermint Oil to my bath all the time.

Peppermint is prolific and easy to grow. If you have some in your garden, crush some of the leaves in the bath and enjoy it that way. Or wander around your neighborhood and find some in a neighbors garden and ask them if you can take a couple sprigs and grow them yourself. It’s EASY to start cuttings and make peppermint grow in your garden or an indoor pot.

CLICK HERE for a short video from Lady Lee with steps on how to grow mint from cuttings.

Please do be careful and don’t add too much peppermint oil to your bath! The oil is super concentrated and too much peppermint will irritate your skin and make for a most unpleasant experience.  There are a number of comments below from bathtub aficionados that accidentally over-indulged with peppermint oil 🙁

Tossing a few sprigs in your bath should not be an issue!

Peppermint plant

Crush some of the leaves in your bath water

Here are some more properties attributed to Peppermint:

  • Mood uplifting
  • Helps relieve mental fatigue
  • Improves mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory
  • Sharpens the senses
  • Reviving and refreshing
  • Energizing

Peppermint is also helpful for weight loss. If you’re in one of those “grazing” moods, open up the Peppermint Oil and take a few sniffs. The scent usually knocks out the “grazing” mood.

Try it in your bath and let me know how Miss Minthe affected you!

Thanks to Lady Lee Home for the video on harvesting mint cuttings!
Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the image.



  1. Beth August 20, 2018 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Love your bath tub tips and this one is a great reminder about all the benefits of peppermint! Have a great day!

    • The Bathtub Diva August 21, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Let’s not forget the benefits of peppermint ice cream too! A bowl of that in the tub could be pretty sweet too.
      Thanks for checking in so enthusiastically – it’s fabulous to know people are enjoying the tips:)
      Have a lovely day too Beth!

  2. Chrissi89 August 20, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I put too much peppermint in my bath lol now i have cold spots and im freezing now. Any ideas on how to warm up.

    • Sarin September 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      I just did that. Im freezing in a hot bath.

      • The Bathtub Diva September 3, 2018 at 12:44 am - Reply

        Dearest Diva Sarin,

        Aw shoot! Try again with less oil.

        The Bathtub Diva

    • The Bathtub Diva September 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Dear Diva Chrissi,

      Sorry for my late reply, but I am sure you are warmed up by now! Next time….not so much peppermint!

      The Bathtub Diva

    • Ally November 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      I’m laying in the tub so confused why I feel freeing in hot hot water lol…. a few too many drops this time.

  3. Leanna Marie Holtsclaw August 21, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Peppermint is great,I love using it for aroma therapy. So just a bit a go I thought I would put it in my bath,wow!! I froze to death. Be careful how much you put in lol.

    • Leslie Mckay August 23, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Exactly first time I try it and used about 10 drops my arms are still freezing a hr outta tub. Wow. Would be good for a fever I would think. not so much next time.

      • The Bathtub Diva August 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Dear Diva Leslie,

        Maybe 5 drops next time? Happy you are ok and didn’t get too freaked out with the POWER OF PEPPERMINT! No really….it’s huge. And it’s such a good thing, in small doses.

        Love and happiness,
        The Bathtub Diva

    • Ann Schartz September 7, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Yes! My skin is freezing but I’m sweating!

  4. Alexis Yael August 22, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    I add my essential oils directly to the Epsom salts… It helps disperse them into the water (instead of staying on the surface) and then there is no possibility of an accidental eucalyptus spill. (I add the salts at the end, so the eos are not dissipated by the flow of the water.)

    (I have added as many as 12 drops of eucalyptus to my own baths, but I’m a sucker for that sort of tingle ;D)

    Mint is REALLY fabulous for summer bathing (and mornings all year round!). I love mint and lavender and orange together — but rose sounds like a wonderful pairing, too, I shall try that post haste!

    • The Bathtub Diva August 22, 2018 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Wow! Thanks for getting this over from FaceBook so quickly – you are fabulous! Now I’ve gotta copy and paste mine too, here ’tis:

      Adding the oils to Epsom salts is a great tip – I need to remember to do that more.
      Mint is awesome, I love the tingle too – I’ve mixed it with lavender, but not orange – – – – – yet! I’ll try that too, sounds really refreshing.
      Thanks Alexis for adding to the post, I see you are a bathing connoisseur too!

      Have a big bubbly day Alexis!

  5. Donaleen Saul August 22, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Great post and site – another great benefit of peppermint is pain relief! It’s really helped my sciatic pain.

    • The Bathtub Diva August 23, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Peppermint IS amazing! I didn’t know about pain relief – how did you apply it? Bath? Peppermint tea? Do tell!

  6. melissa August 28, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Oops. I think I added way too much. I did several drops of bothe lavender and peppermint. As I got out of the tub, I got the shakes. I started searching to see if that is a problem. I’m certainly tingly. Hopefully, it will calm down after a while. I know this is an old post.

    • The Bathtub Diva August 31, 2018 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      Oops! that can be a little scary but not life threatening! Well, as far as I know….It’s probably the Peppermint. I have done that too – added too much Peppermint – and then felt kinda weird and tingly after. Hopefully things have calmed down for you by now! You can always take a cool shower to cool off the Peppermint “high”, or apply cold wash clothes to your pressure points on your wrists and neck.

      You have to be careful with Peppermint. I put about 5 drops in my hand and then swirl it in the water. When I get in I see how it feels and really just add a drop or two at a time until it feels right. Like put another drop or two in and then WAIT a few minutes to see if it’s ok. That way if you put a tad too much in you can always add more water and/or drain the tub a bit until it evens out. I want to be able to smell it but not have it start to burn or make my skin tingly. Not everyone is so sensitive to Peppermint. I happen to be and also found out the hard way when I added too much! But I lived! And I still use it in every bath….with more moderation!

      I accidentally dumped an entire bottle of eucalyptus oil in the tub once – also a very tingly experience – you can read about it here:

      The sensation usually passes in about an hour after you exit the tub. I’m sorry this happened for you! Peppermint is SO GREAT for your adrenals and general overall sense of well-being so don’t get freaked out about adding it in the future. Just be more moderate and careful with it, ok?

      Let me know how you’re doing!

      Happy Bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

  7. Peggy August 31, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Those pesky gods, so jealous.

  8. Bean August 31, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh! Can I just say that peppermint oil in my bath was amazing?!?!? I have a sinus infection and yesterday it was so bad that no medicine, no nose spray, no vapo rub, nothing could unstuff my swollen sinus. Until my peppermint bath! Not only did it unstuff my face, but it kept me breathing clear for more than 12 hours. Plus today I actually feel energized instead of like death like I did yesterday. It definitely put a little pep in my step. Seriously, the difference in how I feel between yesterday and today is monumental. I’m going to remember this any time I’m sick!

    • The Bathtub Diva September 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Fantastic! What a great “testimonial” to the va-voom power of peppermint! So glad you are feeling good.
      I adore peppermint and try and remember to add it to every bath – even if I am feeling fine ’cause you can always feel better 🙂

      Thanks for your enthusiasm!

      XOXO The Bathtub Diva

  9. Sharon A September 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I put 8 drops of peppermint oil in my bath along with half cup of Epsom salts as well as half cup of baking soda and the experience was amazing !!!! I suffer from two different back injuries as well as wrist and it made me feel amazing !!!!!

    • The Bathtub Diva September 4, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Dear Diva Sharon,

      I’m so glad you had such wonderful results! Yay! Thanks for writing to let me know.

      Enjoy the bubbles!

      The Bathtub Diva

  10. Teresa September 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    So I just had my first peppermint bath by accident. I thought I’d grabed the lavender after the chamomile and when I went back to the bathroom it smelled like peppermint. So I got in anyway, and let me just say that was a weird experience. I felt like I was taking a bath in Icy Hot. I’m not sure if I liked it or not,lol. The water was hot but my skin felt cold, but I can tell you that I feel much better than I did before I got in. I will be doing it again, just not as much peppermint next time

    • The Bathtub Diva September 6, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Diva Teresa,

      So sorry about your – possibly happy – accident! Yes, Peppermint is mighty powerful, even in small doses. Try again and just do 5 drops first, sit and see how you feel then add more drops, one at a time! and wait to be sure it’s not too much!

      Good luck and happy bath time!
      XO The Bathtub Diva

  11. Patty September 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I added way too much peppermint oil. 🙁 Got the shakes and tingly feeling. Had to wash off, wash the tub and try again. Lesson learned! Xo
    PS my back feels great now. Not as much stiffness

    • The Bathtub Diva September 7, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      YIKES! Well good your back is better! But yes, you have to be careful with the oils or else your body will freak out.

      Happy you are OK and willing to try again!

      Love and Bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

  12. Sherrine September 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I used 6 drops or so of peppermint n 9 drops or so of eucalyptus oil in the tub and I didn’t wanna get out! All I could smell was Andes chocolates! It lifted me up a bit and put me at ease!! Although next time cut back cpl drops of mint because my legs were feeling a bit cold in hot water!

    • The Bathtub Diva September 8, 2018 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Beloved Diva Sherrine,

      Sounds like it was a great combo! I love Andes Chocolates! Maybe dump a few of them in the bath next time 🙂

      The Bathtub Diva

  13. Nikeia September 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    So glad I found this post. I just had my first experience with peppermint oil and let me just say, I thought I was near death with hysterical laughter and the shakes. I will definitely do again though.

    • The Bathtub Diva September 10, 2018 at 12:29 am - Reply

      Dearest Diva Nikela,

      You sound like a thrill seeker! Perhaps not so much peppermint the next time 🙂

      The Bathtub Diva

  14. Cristal October 23, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I added Doterra peppermint and lavender to my bath 5 drops each. I had a migraine starting, a couple min in and I was burning. Looked online and it says never add oil directly to water. I rubbed baking soda on then olive oil, then coconut oil to stop the burn. My migraine went away and my body does feel great, except for a lil burning and now I am worried my skin will freak out cause have sensitive skin.

    • The Bathtub Diva October 28, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Dear Diva Cristal,

      So sorry you had that reaction! But glad the migraine left and I hope your skin didn’t freak out!

      If it ever happens again, try rinsing the skin with cool water and then ice if it still burns first – that will usually dissipate the sensation. It might take awhile….as I have learned from experience 🙂

      In many of the recipes on this site I do say to go ahead and add oil directly to the bath water – CAREFULLY – maybe doTERRA is an especially potent brand of essences? Pleases do be careful in the future! Let me know how it goes.

      Love and peppermint power,
      The Bathtub Diva

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