July 30, 2016

Japanese Mint

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How does Japanese Mint work?

Japanese mint oil is thought to prevent intestinal gas, stimulate bile flow, and fight infections.

Are there safety concerns?

Japanese mint oil seems to be safe for most people when taken appropriately by mouth or applied to the skin. It can cause some side effects such as stomach upset when taken by mouth. It can cause allergic skin reactions when used directly on the skin. If applied directly on the face or inhaled, it can worsen asthma, cause vocal cord spasms, and cause serious breathing problems. It can also cause flushing, headache, and allergic reactions.

Not enough is known about the safety of inhaling Japanese mint oil.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Japanese mint during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Japanese mint oil is UNSAFE for use in infants and children, especially when applied around the nose, since it can trigger serious breathing problems.

Asthma: The menthol in Japanese mint oil might make asthma worse.

Gallbladder conditions such as inflammation, gallstones, or a blocked bile duct: Don't use Japanese mint oil if you have one of these conditions. It could make your condition worse.

Liver disease: Don't use Japanese mint if you have a liver problem. It could make your condition worse.

Dosing considerations for Japanese Mint.

The appropriate dose of Japanese mint depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Japanese mint. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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