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Relief from irritable bowel Syndrome
The oil extracted from the peppermint plant contains many compounds, but the most abundant and perhaps the most important is menthol. Studies have shown that peppermint oil is effective at relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a collection of symptoms that include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. The menthol found in peppermint is thought to have the effect of relaxing the "smooth" muscles in the walls of the intestines. One study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that peppermint oil was as effective as fiber and antispasmodics at reducing symptoms of IBS.
A clinical trial in England found that patients who received peppermint oil before surgery had less nausea after their surgeries than those who did not receive it. Peppermint tea has also been used to reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, especially for women who want to avoid stronger medications.
Researchers discovered a nerve ending that responded to cold and to menthol. This may explain the cooling sensation from menthol, and its common use as an inhalant to reduce congestion in the nose.
Antimicrobial Activity of Peppermint
Menthol has been shown helpful in subduing many disease-producing bacteria, fungi and viruses. Researchers found that it, and other essential oils were effective at killing bacteria such as listeria, E. coli, salmonella infections, and more.
Tips on Using Peppermint
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