The cooling effect of peppermint oil can be very soothing.

Article by Sian

Evidence suggests that peppermint oil has been used as an ingredient in medicine for perhaps ten thousand years.

The oils from the dried leaves of the plant have long been used as tea to calm digestion. It is now also available in capsule form

Peppermint also possesses painkilling properties, and is a carminative (meaning that is expels or relieves flatulence), having a soothing effect on the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus.

It is also a stomachic, meaning that it has a mild anesthetic effect.

Recent studies have shown that a large percentage of people suffering Irritable Bowel Syndrome gained considerable relief when given a course of capsules, as opposed to those people in the trials given a placebo.

Peppermint tea is also very soothing to drink after a meal or before bed.

Peppermint and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Enteric coated tablets are the most effective way to take the medication for relief of IBS, as the coating permits the tablet to pass lower into the intestines and the vital oil be released where it is most needed.

It is important to know that peppermint can relax the sphincter muscle of the esophagus and the GI tract, which may increase acid reflux.

Therefore for people who suffer hiatus hernia, or reflux, enteric coated tablets may be the advisable way to ingest peppermint. An enteric coating stops the tablet from being absorbed at once by stomach acids, allowing it to dissolve more slower, further down in the gut.

It has come to my attention that some people with flatulence may experience a feeling of coldness when they pass gas, which can be surprising!

However, after talking to Kev, who enjoys the occasional hot curry, and loves chillies, he said, that those foods have the opposite effect and feel '”hotter coming out than going in”, therefore a cool sensation is probably quite logical.

Menthol is the active ingredient in peppermint oil, and actually has a naturally warming effect, which relaxes and soothes.

This might make a cold passing of wind seem a contradiction in terms, but any-one who has chewed gum or sucked mints will have felt the coolness of them.

It would seem to be a case of trying peppermint capsules to see if they are right for you.

For many people they are drug-free relief, although others report an increase of acid reflux.

Taking enteric coated tablets perhaps decreases this risk.

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