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What I Use Because Of An Aversion To Peppermint

Author: Kristen M.
Skill: Nutritionist
Date: 07-03-2014
Views: 11,535
Word Count: 214
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 9859-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 4

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Peppermint essential oil is popular for alleviating many ailments -- bad breath, constipation, coughing, digestive distress, dizziness, fevers, flatulence, headaches, hiccups, hives, hot flashes, migraines, muscle twitching/cramping, pain, reflux, seasickness, sinus congestion, snoring, sore throats, stomachaches, vomiting, and more.

Peppermint is also popular as a bug repellent, for aiding in concentration, singing opera, and in flavoring food and drinks.

When I have needed to get rid of bad breath, hiccups, nausea, reflux, or stomach ache, I have tried putting just a drop of Peppermint essential oil in my mouth, as so many other essential oils users do all the time. But I have seriously wondered if the overpowering blast of Peppermint might even be more unbearable than the ailment I am trying to alleviate!

I love just a hint of Peppermint in my chocolate, but any more than that totally overpowers me. So what good is Peppermint essential oil taken by mouth if the taste makes me feel ill?

I have turned to Wintergreen essential oil. It is much milder in my mouth. It is my go-to for freshening breath. And it works way better on my nausea than the Peppermint ever has!

Wintergreen is a major component of some popular pain relief products. And it is even commonly used as a natural flavoring for making homemade root beer.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: bad-breath-(Halitosis) — Study 1: "[Oil pulling] would benefit the general population by giving more confidence in the ancient practices, thus preventing tooth decay and loss." Study 2: "Oil pulling therapy has been equally effective like chlorhexidine on halitosis and organisms, associated with halitosis." Study 3: "The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis." Study 4: "Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health." Study 5: "The myth that the effect of oil-pulling therapy on oral health was just a placebo effect has been broken, and there are clear indications of possible saponification and emulsification process, which enhances its mechanical cleaning action."Link
2.Associated topics: food-allergy-/-sensitivity — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
3.Associated topics: food-allergy-/-sensitivity — "[T]he biological activity of 20 essential oils (EOs) from herbal plants and citrus fruits were investigated in terms of mammalian DNA polymerase (pol) inhibitory activity, cancer cell (human colon carcinoma) growth inhibitory activity, antiallergic activity... in rat basophilic leukemia cells, and antioxidant activity.... Among these EOs, chamomile... showed significant effects on both cancer cell growth and mast cell degranulation. On the basis of these results, chamomile EO can be recommended as a potentially useful, bioactive candidate for therapeutic applications."Link
4.Associated topics: nausea-/-queasy — "Ginger root reduced the tendency to vomiting and cold sweating significantly better than placebo did.... Remarkably fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo were reported after ginger root ingestion...."Link

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