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Who should avoid peppermint oil?

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In most adults, the small doses of peppermint oil contained in dietary supplements and skin preparations appear to be safe. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, however, should avoid such products because we know little about their safety during pregnancy and lactation.

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

SOURCES: 

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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