Peppermint

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How does Peppermint work?

Peppermint oil seems to reduce spasms in the digestive tract. When applied to the skin, it can cause surface warmth, which relieves pain beneath the skin.

Are there safety concerns?

Peppermint oil seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth in small amounts or applied to the skin. It can cause some side effects including heartburn, and allergic reactions including flushing, headache, and mouth sores.

Peppermint oil, when taken by mouth in pills with a special (enteric) coating to prevent contact with the stomach, seems safe for children 8 years of age and older.

Do not take peppermint oil in medicinal amounts if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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