Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Peppermint is used as herbal medicine all over the globe. Here we are going to see how peppermint (and peppermint oil) is helpful in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and for digestion problems. Peppermint is available in various forms such as tablets, oil, ointment, tincture and also tea. The antispasmodic effect of peppermint is helpful in alleviating IBS symptoms. It relieves cramps and relaxes the intestinal muscles. Peppermint contains methanol which aids digestion by stimulating the flow of natural juices and bile. The methanol present in peppermint oil can dissolve gallstones and it is even considered as an alternate to surgery. Peppermint oil or tea can reduce nausea, motion sickness and flatulence with its anesthetic effect.
How to take Peppermint for IBS
- You can drink a cup of peppermint tea 3 or 4 times every day. Peppermint tea is effective in reducing flatulence and bloating. Peppermint tea bags are readily available, just get it.
- You can take enteric coated capsules that contain peppermint oil. It’s very effective as it releases the peppermint oil in the small and large intestine instead of stomach. You can take 1 or 2 capsules (o.2ml of oil per capsule), couple of times a day between meals. Actually pills are more effective compared to tea. If you’re pregnant consult your doctor before taking the supplement.
- You can also chew peppermint candies as they give a soothing effect. If you are able to get peppermint Altoids then it’s well and good. Search in nearby medical stores and super markets.
Since peppermint oil relaxes the gastrointestinal muscles, in some people it may intensify the symptoms of hiatus hernia. People who are susceptible to peppermint oil may be affected by GERD or heart burns. Be little cautious and if you have doubt, better consult your doctor.