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A 34-year-old member asked:

what's peppermint oil used for?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Peppermint for GI sx: Peppermint oil is often used as a supplement to reduce nausea or vomiting or to quell heartburn or indigestion. It has also been used for upper respiratory and skin conditions.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Several uses: Peppermint oil has multiple uses. A very popular one is for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). http://tinyurl.com/kjesndd it can also help with indigestion. Peppermint oil can be used topically to help abdominal distension, antispasmodic in UGI endoscopy, headaches including migraine, and postherpetic neuralgia. A dilution is used in these latter situations.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Peppermint oil: has antimicrobial properties & can sooth the gut.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

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.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I accidently swallowed peppermint oil will i be okay?

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Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Yes.: Peppermint oil has traditionally been used to calm a queasy stomach, help with nausea, and ease gas. It is not toxic.
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A 61-year-old female asked:

Dose peppermint oil pills help conitsaption?

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
It helps IBS: It decreases spasm and pain. If that is the cause of the constipation it could help. Eating more fresh vegetables like spinach or other dark greens , and laxative fruits like prunes, avoiding processed dehydrated salty foods, avoiding dehydration, and getting a good night sleep, moving through the day, and lowering stress will help as well.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

I am pretty sure I have SIBO because of my symptoms and researches online. Taking peppermint oil (IBGuard) really helped. Should I take it forever?

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Dr. Tipu Sultan
Specializes in Allergy
No: Take as needed. It has helped you. You can get off and see when symptoms return and take as needed. You would know if you have to do it on long term basis

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