What are some uses for peppermint oil?

This supplement is a natural remedy suggested for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headache, stomach pain, stomach spasm, stomach gas, diarrhea, stuffy nose, cough, common cold, fever, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting.

Research studies showed that this supplement works for treating stomach pain, discomfort and spasm. Applied to the skin, it helps with treating tension headaches. Other uses of this supplement did not show significant benefits in research studies (or that the results were not very convincing).

What are some of the dosages used?

In a tea formulation, use 1 tablespoon of dried leaf in 2 cups of water and boil. Then steep for 15 minutes. Take up to three times daily. For headaches, a 10% solution applied to the forehead and temples has been used in research studies. Apply three or four times daily as needed.

For treating IBS, take 0.2 to 0.4 mL of peppermint oil (either in enteric-coated capsules or diluted with water or juice) three times daily.

A product called Iberogast (which also contain eight other natural ingredients) is proven to help with IBS and dyspepsia. Take 1 mL (20 drops) three times daily.

For helping with stuffy nose, add 3 for 4 drops into hot water and inhale two or three times daily. You may consider using up to a 5% strength ointment or gel inside the nose.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations:

This is worth trying for stomach discomfort/pain and IBS. It sis safe to use on the skin (may cause a bit of irritation) and when taken by mouth. Side effects may include heartburn, nausea and vomiting, especially at high doses.

Taking the enteric-coated capsules will help reduce the heartburn side effect. The cost is reasonable so you can do "research" on yourself to find out how well it works for your situation.

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Created: January 3, 2010