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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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.


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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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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.


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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

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Dose peppermint oil pills help conitsaption?

Dose peppermint oil pills help conitsaption?

Uncertain: Peppermint Oil is reported to help with diarrhea & irritable bowel syndrome. Have not seen any reports that it helps constipation. REF: <a href="http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits-effects#1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits-effects#1</a> ...Read more

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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

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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

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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 are the side effects of taking peppermint oil capsules?

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. ...Read more

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Can applying too much peppermint oil to your skin lead to an overdose?

Can applying too much peppermint oil to your skin lead to an overdose?

Essential oils: can be overused, like anything else. If you think you have a skin disorder please see your doctor. Please avoid any skin lotions that contain alcohol because it is drying. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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

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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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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

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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 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

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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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Can you tell me how peppermint oil help ibs?

Can you tell me how peppermint oil help ibs?

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Peppermint oil and capsules are helpful for bloating and spasms Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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Can peppermint oil and water work as mouthwash?

Yes: You may make a basic mouthwash: 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 drops peppermint essential oils. Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Swish in mouth, then spit out. Store on bathroom counter. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can peppermint oil help ibs?

Can somebody tell me how can peppermint oil help ibs?

May block intestinal: Peppermint is listed as "possibly effective" for colic, indigestion, nausea, tension headaches. It is thought to act like a menthol or flavonoid by interfering in the production of smooth (autonomic nervous system) muscle contraction and stimulation of bile secretion. ...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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Can toothpaste containing peppermint oil give you gerd?

Can toothpaste containing peppermint oil give you gerd?

Perhaps: Peppermint oil is a smooth muscle relaxant and can lead to relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter. I suspect with typical tooth brushing, little to no toothpaste is swallowed so it seems unlikely. ...Read more

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Does peppermint oil have any long term effect on your teeth?

Does peppermint oil have any long term effect on your teeth?

Yes! All Good: Due to its antiseptic properties, it is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to be ingesting peppermint oil for weight loss?

Peppermint: If peppermint oil does not contain many calories and you go about checking your diet,. and exercising regularly you should be OK. If the peppermint is full of calories stop taking it regualrly. ...Read more

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Need expert help. I am thinking of using peppermint oil capsules to calm my ibs, is this a bad idea?

Need expert help. I am thinking of using peppermint oil capsules to calm my ibs, is this a bad idea?

Reasonable idea: 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