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    American Corn Mint, Brook Mint, Canadian Mint, Chinese Mint, Chinese Mint Oil, Corn Mint, Cornmint Oil, Field Mint Oil, Huile de Menthe, Huile de Menthe des Champs, Japanese Oil of Peppermint, Menta Japonesa, Mentha Arvensis Aetheroleum, Mentha ...
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    JAPANESE MINT Overview
    JAPANESE MINT Side Effects
    JAPANESE MINT Interactions
    JAPANESE MINT Overview Information

    Japanese mint is a plant. The oil is removed from the parts that grow above the ground and used to make medicine.

    Japanese mint oil is used for various digestive complaints including poor appetite, gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, gallstones, liver problems, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    It is also used for respiratory tract problems including common cold, cough, bronchitis, and sore mouth and throat.

    Other uses include treatment of fever, pain, spasms, headaches, toothaches, cramps, earache, tumors, sores, cancer, heart problems, breathing difficulties, tendency toward infection, and sensitivity to weather changes.

    Some people use Japanese mint as a stimulant, a germ-killer, or a pain-killer.

    Japanese mint is applied directly to the skin for muscle pain, nerve pain, itchiness, and hives.

    When inhaled, Japanese mint is used for swelling of the lining of the upper respiratory tract. Japanese mint oil contains up to 95% menthol.

    In manufacturing, Japanese mint is also used as a fragrance in toothpaste, mouthwash, gargles, soaps, detergents, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Commercially it is used as a source of menthol.

    How does it work?

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

    JAPANESE MINT Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
    • Mouth inflammation.
    • Joint and muscle pain.
    • Common cold.
    • Cough.
    • Fever.
    • Tendency to infection.
    • Nausea.
    • Sore throat.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Headaches.
    • Toothaches.
    • Cramps.
    • Earache.
    • Tumors.
    • Sores.
    • Cancer.
    • Heart problems.
    • Sensitivity to weather changes.
    • Intestinal gas (flatulence).
    • Muscular pain (myalgia).
    • Nerve pain.
    • Itching, when applied to the skin.
    • Hives, when applied to the skin.
    • Swelling (inflammation) of the airways such as bronchitis, when inhaled.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Japanese mint for these uses.

    JAPANESE MINT Side Effects & Safety

    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.

    JAPANESE MINT Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for JAPANESE MINT Interactions


    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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