If you are struggling with constipation, you may be looking for a natural remedy that can help. Peppermint oil is one option that you may want to consider. This essential oil has long been used for digestive issues, and it can be effective in relieving constipation.
In this article, you will read about the benefits of peppermint oil for constipation and how to use it in a proper way.
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What is Peppermint Oil?
Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant, which is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint.
The plant is native to Europe and has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. The oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the plant and has a strong, minty aroma.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil for Constipation
Peppermint oil has a number of properties that make it beneficial for constipation.
The oil is a natural relaxant and can help to relieve muscle spasms in the digestive tract. This can help to reduce bloating and gas and make bowel movements easier.
Peppermint oil also has antispasmodic effects, which can help to relieve abdominal pain.
The oil is also thought to stimulate the production of bile, which is necessary for proper digestion. Bile helps to break down fats and make them easier to digest. This can help to reduce constipation by making it easier for the body to digest food.
In an article published in 2019, peppermint oil showed a beneficial effect on irritable bowel syndrome.
How to use peppermint oil for constipation relief?
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water or tea and drink it 2-3 times a day
- You can also massage it on your abdomen by mixing it with a carrier oil like coconut oil
- You can also find peppermint oil capsules at health food stores (don’t consume without consulting a health professional)
How Much Peppermint Oil Should You Take?
There is no standard dosage for peppermint oil, and it is important to start with a small amount. If you are using the oil internally, start with one drop and increase as needed. If you are using it topically, mix a few drops with a carrier oil and apply them to your abdomen.
When using peppermint oil internally, it is important to be aware that it can be toxic in high doses. If you experience any side effects, stop using the oil and consult a doctor.
When Should You Not Take Peppermint Oil?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not recommended for children under the age of six.
Most people can use peppermint oil safely, but it can cause side effects in some people.
The most common side effect is heartburn. If you experience heartburn, try taking the oil with food or milk.
Other possible side effects include headaches, dizziness, and allergic reactions. If you experience any of these side effects, stop using the oil and talk to your doctor.
Alternatives to Peppermint Oil for Constipation Relief
If you are looking for an alternative to peppermint oil, there are a number of other options that can be effective:
- Prunes and prune juice are natural laxatives that can help to relieve constipation
- Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber that can help to increase stool bulk and soften stools
- Olive oil is a natural lubricant that can help to make stools easier to pass
- Castor oil is a strong laxative that should only be used as a last resort
The Bottom Line!
I hope after reading this article you have understood how beneficial peppermint oil for constipation is and how you can use it.
For most people, it is a very safe option. However, if you feel any discomfort with the use, stop the use and consult with your physician.
The content present on this page has not been evaluated by any medical authorities e.g FDA. All the information present is solely for informational purposes and is not a substitute for the medical advice provided by your physician. We do not aim to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or illness.
I am a medical student (MD) and a professional blogger. My aim is to help and educate people about essential oils and how they can be beneficial in improving overall health if used in a proper way.