5 Peppermint Essential Oil Recipes for Pain Relief

Updated on October 8, 2018
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Kimberly is a 19-year-old jewelry artist, soap maker, and crocheter. She lives happily with her boyfriend in northern Minnesota.

Peppermint Oil and Pain Relief

Peppermint essential oil is fantastic for pain relief because essential oils are so thin that they can actually be absorbed through the skin. Peppermint oil on its own is often too strong to put directly onto the skin, and if you tried putting it everywhere you needed to, you'd be going through A LOT of oil. There are certain handmade lotions and bath soaks, however, that you can use to dilute your peppermint oil to be absorbed all over different pain areas.

Peppermint Massage Bar

This recipe makes a solid bar of lotion. You can also use plastic cupcake molds or any food-safe silicone mold.


  • 1 cup beeswax
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil per mold cavity


  1. Start by melting your beeswax and your coconut oil together in a double boiler.
  2. Once the beeswax is mostly melted, start adding in your shea butter. (Shea butter can become grainy if it gets too hot and this keeps it from reaching that temperature.)
  3. Once that is completely melted, drop about 10-15 drops of your peppermint essential oil into each cavity in your mold.
  4. Gently pour your melted mixture into each mold careful not to overflow or burn yourself.
  5. You can leave these to cool where you made them, or you can move them to the fridge to cool them faster if you are making multiple batches.

Relaxing Bath Soak

This recipe uses a few different kinds of salts along with baking soda and some oils and makes a slight fizz when added to the water along with being super nourishing to your skin.


  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dead sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil


  • Mix all of these together in a large mason jar; you can either stir it or shake it to mix it together. I personally shake it so I don't have to worry about cleaning off a spoon and wasting any of it.
  • Once you have it all mixed together, you can add a small amount to your bath when you take one and soak away your pain.

Nourishing Body Butter

This recipe is great for pain relief because how of easily it spreads and how creamy it is. This recipe is also very nourishing for your skin. You can do this recipe either whipped or not whipped. I personally make it whipped because I have a stick blender and I think it makes it creamier on the skin however it is not necessary.


  • 2 cups shea butter
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. I melt my shea butter first in a double boiler before I mix any of the other oils in with it. You can also melt it in the microwave using 10-second bursts in a glass heat safe dish this just has a higher chance of your lotion being grainy.
  2. Once the shea butter is melted, I add in the rest of the oils.
  3. Then put it in the refrigerator until it starts to solidify a little bit more.
  4. Once it has a smooth consistency that isn't too oily, you can use your stick blender in there on about 5-second bursts until it totals about 30 seconds or you are satisfied with the texture. If you are not blending it you can just leave it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Pain Relief Bath Bombs

This recipe is excellent. It dissolves in your entire bath and hits everywhere that is in pain. This recipe can be made with any bath bomb mold you can find online, or if these are just for yourself, you can squeeze them together in your hands.


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp Epsom salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (have more on hand)
  • 10-15 drops peppermint essential oils


  1. When mixing this, you will want to wear gloves because the citric acid directly on your skin can dry it out and possibly burn you.
  2. Mix together all ingredients into a large mixing bowl or ice cream bucket.
  3. Once thoroughly mixed together, pick up in your hands and squeeze it into a ball. If it does not stay together well, add in either more coconut oil or 2 tbsp of water at a time. Mix thoroughly each time you add something and retry molding it into a ball.
  4. Once it stays in ball form, you can either keep molding them together with your hands and lay them on a baking sheet to dry or you can use your bath bomb mold and then allow them to dry.
  5. Once dry you can add a bath bomb to your baths and enjoy.

Fizzing Bath Salts

This is one of my favorite recipes because of how easy it is to put together and how well it makes my bath smell. (I also like watching it fizz, who doesn't?)


  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom salt (or Pink Himalayan sea salt)


  • Put all ingredients into a jar; shake it up and it's ready to go.

Note: When putting into my bath, I use about 4 tablespoons (you can use more just be careful of using too much because in large doses the citric acid will irritate your skin).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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