Top
20
Doctor insights on: Peppermint Oil

Share
Dr. Ronald Krauser
15 doctors shared insights

Peppermint Oil (Overview)

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 and irritable bowel syndrome.


1

1
What's peppermint oil used for?

What's peppermint oil used for?

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. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Ronald Krauser
15 doctors shared insights

Peppermint Oil (Overview)

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 and irritable bowel syndrome.


3

3
Where could i find peppermint oil capsules?

Where could i find peppermint oil capsules?

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. ...Read more

4

4
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

5

5
What are the beneficial effects of peppermint oil?

Relax smooth muscle: Helps with cramps, passing gas. Can increase heartburn (even if enteric coated, but less so), by relaxing lower esophageal sphincter. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
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

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
What are reasons why someone takes peppermint oil capsules?

What are reasons why someone takes peppermint oil capsules?

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. ...Read more

8

8
I accidently swallowed peppermint oil will i be okay?

Yes.: Peppermint oil has traditionally been used to calm a queasy stomach, help with nausea, and ease gas. It is not toxic. ...Read more

11

11
I read that there are side effects of using peppermint oil capsules, as with any drug, but are they severe?

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

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. ...Read more

12

12
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?

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 ...Read more

13

13
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

See 2 more doctor answers
15

15
Will eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil be any good for skin?

Will eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil be any good for skin?

No good evidence fou: Eucalyptus oil is often used for arthritis or steamed to relieve nasal congestion. Peppermint oil can be taken for irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches and nausea and is "possibly effective". Skin is not listed as a use. ...Read more

16

16
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

See 2 more doctor answers
17

17
Can applying undiluted peppermint oil to skin cause any side effects?

Yes: Irritation of the skin is the most common, with or without a subsequent rash. ...Read more

19

19
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