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Is peppermint oil safe?

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For most people, if they take the suggested dose, the oil is safe. But doctors suggest you avoid it if you have:

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. In typical doses, it’s likely safe. But there hasn’t been much research on it.

  • Gallstones or a swollen gall bladder
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Peppermint Oil,” “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Peppermint Oil and IBS Pain Relief.”

American Family Physician: “Peppermint Oil.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome,” “Peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome.”

National Health Service: “Peppermint does soothe IBS.”

UCLA, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Peppermint Oil,” “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Peppermint Oil and IBS Pain Relief.”

American Family Physician: “Peppermint Oil.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome,” “Peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome.”

National Health Service: “Peppermint does soothe IBS.”

UCLA, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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