Can I Use Peppermint oil for The Treatment Of Colitis?

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Date: September 22, 2011 11:12 AM
Subject: Can I Use Peppermint oil for The Treatment Of Colitis?


It’s brisk and cool smell is unique to it and just gives that nice tingling sensation in your tongue that not a lot of other herbs can. It is generally used and has been accepted to be safe by medical sectors.

Peppermint Oil

What will be focusing on more today though is peppermint oil and not the peppermint leave itself which is where the oil is derived from, basically this hybrid herb which is the peppermint is native to the areas around and near London in the middle of the 1700’s however is now commonly cultivated in the different parts of the United States and Europe. The more common logic behind the use of peppermint oil for medicinal purposes is because of the popular use of its leaves in different medical needs. The oil however has been specifically linked to uses for IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome when combined with other oils as some researches would suggest.

Commonly though in a less severe situation it is most popular as usefule for stomach aches that could be caused by a variety of conditions like yeast infections, gallstones and indigestions. If applied topically to the skin it can relieve headaches, skin irritations and rashes and has been proven to have an analgesis effect. In fact many skin cream and essential oil products in the market today have peppermint oil as one of their ingredients. In its oil form it consists of two main elements which is menthol and menthone.


Colitis, simply put, is an inflammation occurring in the colon essentially because of two main reasons which are food intake or poor blood supply. Symptoms are often as mild as a stomach cramp which is why we often not worry about it and we think it will just go away but we need to understand that this maybe a warning sign. So the best thing to take note of is to make sure that your stomach cramping is not along with other symptoms like constant diarrhea and abdominal pain and some blood in the stool. Other symptoms may include constant need to have bowel movement, slight fever and chills, cramps and infections on other parts of the body. When you have these symptoms it would be about the right time to call a doctor.

How does peppermint oil work?

Peppermint has long been recorded in ancient times as to having a relieving property for many stomach pains. As it turns out, it is for good reason because modern medicine has found it to be helpful with several gastrointestinal issues and its symptoms and one of them is colitis. The key components in this oil are menthol and cineol because when working in tandem can provide relief symptoms of colitis. It works in such a way that it relaxes the smooth intestine muscles where the cramping and essentially the pain is generated from and it also has an analgesic effect which can be attributed to more as responsible for the pain killing effect for some symptoms.

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