February 11, 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 is possibly safe for most people. 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 serious breathing problems. It can also cause flushing, headache, and allergic reactions.

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

Do not use Japanese mint oil if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have liver disease or damage.
  • You have a gallbladder condition such as inflammation, gallstones, or a blocked bile duct.
  • You have asthma.

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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