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What are the beneficial effects of peppermint oil?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Relax smooth muscle: Helps with cramps, passing gas. Can increase heartburn (even if enteric coated, but less so), by relaxing lower esophageal sphincter.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
A #: Peppermint oil has been used effectively for a variety of digestive issues (flatus, nausea, vomiting, cramps, loose bowel movements, heartburn, indigestion & irritable bowel syndrome). Anecdotally (no scientific proof) it is reported to help with headaches, musculo-skeletal pain, dental pain, upper respiratory infections, inflammatory conditions as well as viral & bacterial infections.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of taking peppermint oil capsules?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Peppermint oil: Ingestion of too much peppermint oil can cause nausea/ vomiting, abdominal pain, v heart rate, respiratory problems, dizziness, seizures or loss of consciousness.

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