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What are the benefits of peppermint oil?

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Several studies suggest that enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules -- which allow the oil to pass through the stomach so it can dissolve in the intestines -- may help relieve common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. Non-enteric coated forms of peppermint oil, however, actually may cause or worsen heartburn and nausea.

Preliminary studies also suggest that dietary supplements containing a combination of peppermint oil and caraway oil may help relieve indigestion.

From: Peppermint Oil WebMD Medical Reference

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Peppermint Oil,” “Irritable Bowel Syndrome and CAM: At a Glance.” 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Peppermint.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 26, 2017

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Peppermint Oil,” “Irritable Bowel Syndrome and CAM: At a Glance.” 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Peppermint.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 26, 2017

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