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Can peppermint oil help relieve sciatica?

Can peppermint oil help relieve sciatica?

Not Likely: Not likely that any time of topical substance will actually help the condition of sciatica. Sciatica is due to nerve root compression at a much deeper level than that of the skin where peppermint oil is applied. Although symptomatically the oil may feel good and typically will not be of harm it is only providing symptomatic relief at best for reasons unrelated to the underlying condition. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Peppermint Oil (Definition)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial and antiviral properties. A number of studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion ...Read more


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How to relieve the hot burn from peppermint oil? My husband has swelling in the back of his neck i used peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil.

How to relieve the hot burn from peppermint oil?  My husband has swelling in the back of his neck i used peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil.

Cold pack may help: I would use a bit of soap and cool water to wipe off the oil, then use a cold pack (ice in plastic bag and wrapped in thin towel will do also) will help. The peppermint will "burn itself out" in about 1-2 hours (must wipe off the oil). Hope this will help. If not better, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dose peppermint oil pills help conitsaption?

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. ...Read more

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I was wondering why do people take peppermint oil capsules?

Relax the esophagus: It can be used to relieve the feeling of fullness after a large meal-like a peppermint is given in some restaurants. In theory, the esophagus relaxes, one can "eructate" (burp) and then feel less full. ...Read more

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

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

Several things: Try ginger root. You can use it in stir frys. Also fennel root and fennel seeds are good as is oregano. ...Read more

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Can 2/3 drops of undiluted peppermint oil, and the same amount of undiluted lavender oil, cause any serious systemic effects when applied topically?

Depends.: If you are putting it on an open sore or cracked skin, it may not help and may make things worse. Any break in the skin increases absorption into the system of anything put on the skin. Also, a person can be allergic to either one and that is bad, too and this can have systemic effects. For the proper use of herbal products, make sure there is good, unbiased, ad-free research to justify it. ...Read more

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How can peppermint oil help ibs?

How can peppermint oil help ibs?

Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil can act as an antispasmodic in ibs, relieving pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Enteric coated capsules make sure the peppermint oil is released in the intestine rather than the stomach, where it could cause heartburn and indigestion. Some studies do show it's effective in relieving pain, bloating, and stool frequency; a few do not. http://tinyurl.com/mkmya8f. ...Read more

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Is it a fact that peppermint oil and lavanda oil in shampoo and conditioner causes moobs?

Is it a fact that peppermint oil and lavanda oil in shampoo and conditioner causes moobs?

Gynecomastia: 'Moobs' - man boobs or gynecomastia in males has been reported in prepubertal males wi topical use of products containing lavender oil &/or tea tree oil. I don't know of any association between peppermint oil and gynecomastia. See: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2007/niehs-31.htm ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more