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i read that there are side effects of using peppermint oil capsules, as with any drug, but are they severe?

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Dr. Michael Turner
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Generally Safe: Probably safe in the short term (less than 8 weeks). Heartburn, allergic reactions, flushing, headache and mouth sores are most common. Since peppermint is processed in the liver, check with your physician to make sure that there are no interactions with other medications you are taking that are also processed along similar pathways in the liver.
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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A 34-year-old member asked:

What else can I take if peppermint oil isn't relieving my nausea?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Several things: Try ginger root. You can use it in stir frys. Also fennel root and fennel seeds are good as is oregano.
A 35-year-old member asked:

If i'm using peppermint tea for ibs, how often should I be drinking it?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
4-5 times per day: Tea: steep 1 tsp. Dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. Drink 4 - 5 times per day between meals. Peppermint tea appears to be safe, even in large quantities.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is peppermint tea good for getting rid of bloating or is that just a myth?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Depends on what you mean by bloated: "loading" peppermint tea relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, or the valve at the top of the stomach, and therefore allows you to belch more easily.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Where could i find peppermint oil capsules?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Health food, online: Like most herbal supplements, peppermint oil capsules should be widely available at health food stores. If you can not find them at a local store they are widely available online from iherb.Com, swanson vitamins, amazon.Com etc.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does peppermint work for gut?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
For certain problems: Peppermint has many benefits: it reduces gas, bloating & nausea & helps abdominal & menstrual cramps. Enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules are proven effective for relieving spasms in irritable bowel syndrome. However, peppermint can aggravate reflux/heartburn so may not be appropriate if you have that (though enteric coating may prevent that effect). See www.Herbwisdom.Com/herb-peppermint.Html.

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