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Peppermint has been used traditionally for gastrointestinal disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, nausea, colds, headache, and cramps.

A number of peppermint traditional remedies are supported by both in vitro and clinical research on the whole plant and one of its main phytochemicals, menthol (a secondary alcohol produced by the herb). Peppermint oil (obtained via steam distillation from the fresh aboveground parts of the flowering plant), for example, is one of the most widely used complementary and alternative medicine therapies for irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. Peppermint oil acts to reduce gastrointestinal smooth muscle motility, possibly by acting as a calcium channel antagonist. It is also commonly used for pediatric digestive problems.

Peppermint is also commonly employed in the food and pharmaceutical industries for its cooling and soothing properties as well as for its scent  and flavor. Other applications with potential include as a spasmolytic during endoscopic procedures, and for the soothing of symptoms associated with respiratory infection and distress.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Aeroma Essential Oils are meant to be used for aromatherapy or for topical needs:

  • For aromatic and topical use only; avoid contact with eyes, keep out of reach of children; avoid direct sunlight after use
  • For recommended uses and recipes please click on the image below.

Inhalation (German Olfaction Method):

  • Apply 10-15 drops to your diffuser.

  • Nasal congestion: Traditionally, 3-4 drops of oil added to hot water and inhaled has been used as needed. 

  • Nausea and vomiting: inhaled peppermint oil from a bottle have been used.

  • Performance enhancement (cognitive and attentional function): Four drops of essential oil applied to a diffuser pad and placed inside a work cubicle to enhance memory and alertness has been used (177). 

Oral (French Medical Method):

  • Consult your naturopathic/homeopathic doctor for specific dosage for internal application.

  • Antispasmodic: A single dose of five drops of peppermint oil in 10mL of water has been taken 

  • Digestive disorders: Peppermint oil (0.2-0.4mL) three times daily in dilute preparations or suspension (duration not indicated) has been used.

  • Dyspepsia: Two capsules of peppermint oil has been taken orally three times daily for five days postoperatively (152). A single dose of peppermint oil (0.2mL) in water (25mL) has been taken prior to a meal (153).

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Peppermint has been taken orally in doses of 187-500mg or a 0.2mL liquid formulation 1-4 times daily for up to four weeks (154). 

  • Sore throat: Lozenges containing 2-10mg of peppermint oil, as needed, have been used according to secondary sources.

Dermal (English Massage & Touch):

  • Apply 2-5 drops directly on desired location.  

  • Abdominal distention: Peppermint oil (0.5-1.0mL) with 2L of hot water soaked into a towel has been placed on the abdomen for 20-30 minutes three times daily (168).

  • Postherpetic neuralgia: Peppermint oil has been applied topically and massaged into the skin 3-4 times daily.

  • Note: Avoid topical use of peppermint oil around the facial or chest areas of infants and young children, especially around the nose, as menthol can induce apnea, laryngeal and bronchial spasm, acute respiratory distress with cyanosis, or respiratory arrest if applied directly to these areas (145).

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