Generic: peppermint oil
an herbal product - treats Urinary tract infection, Abdominal distention, Cough, Asthma, Bad breath, Antispasmodic, Irritable bowel syndrome, Vigilance improvement in brain injury, Nasal congestion, Functional bowel disorders, Post-herpetic neuralgia, Tension headache, Nausea, Breast tenderness, Tuberculosis, Indigestion, and Stroke recovery
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Anorexia, antacid, antiviral, arthritis, asthma, bile duct disorders, cancer, chicken pox, cholelithiasis (gallstones), common cold, cramps, dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain), enteritis, fever, fibromyositis, gallbladder disorders, gas (flatulence), gastritis, gonorrhea, ileus (post- operative), inflammation of oral mucosa, influenza, intestinal colic, lice, liver disorders, local anesthetic, morning sickness, motility disorders, mouth and throat inflammation, mosquito repellant, mouthwash, musculoskeletal pain, neuralgia (nerve pain), pruritus (itching), respiratory infections, rheumatic pain, sun block, tendonitis, toothache, tuberculosis, urticaria (hives), vomiting.
Adults (18 years and older)
Peppermint oil should be used cautiously, as doses of the constituent menthol over 1 gram per kilogram of body weight may be deadly. For intestinal/ digestion disorders, doses of 0.2 to 0.4 milliliters of peppermint oil in enteric- coated capsules, dilute preparations, or suspensions taken three times daily by mouth have been used or studied. Lozenges containing 2 to 10 milligrams of peppermint oil have been used. 10% peppermint oil (in methanol) has been applied to the skin (forehead and temples) multiple times per day for headache relief. Some sources recommend using peppermint oil preparations on the skin no more than 3 to 4 times per day. For inhalation, 3 to 4 drops of oil added to 150 milliliters of hot water and inhaled up to three times per day or 1% to 5% essential oil as a nasal ointment has been used to relieve congestion.
As an infusion, 3 to 6 grams of peppermint leaf has been used daily. Doses of other liquid preparations depend on concentration, for example, 2 to 3 milliliters of tincture (1:5 in 45% ethanol) three times daily or 1 milliliter of spirits (10% oil and 1% leaf extract, mixed with water) has been taken. Various doses of dried herb extract have also been used, ranging from 0.8 gram daily up to 4 grams taken three times daily, although safety is not clear.
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is not enough scientific information available to recommend the safe use of peppermint leaf or oil in children.