Hello again! Okay…I have a rather, hmm, pretentious stomach. I’m always interested in different ways to bring peace to the situation. I’ve read some information about peppermint and the potential benefits. Peppermint, or Mentha piperita, is commonly used in toothpaste, chewing gum and tea. The minty flavor is especially appreciated for the soothing effect it has in treating headaches, skin irritations, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. My cousin Whitney told me about rubbing peppermint oil between my hands and taking deep breaths to help soothe my headaches. It’s also used in several products used to treat symptoms of the common cold. If you indulge during meals and experience indigestion or other stomach symptoms, peppermint can possibly help calm stomach muscles and improve the flow of bile which is used in digestion. However, if you suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, aka “reflux” or “heartburn”), peppermint should not be used to treat these symptoms so you should probably talk to a doctor about that. It is recommended to follow a low fat diet to help with the symptoms of GERD. Studies have also shown that peppermint could help alleviate symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) by reducing abdominal pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea. Peppermint is available in tea, peppermint oil (I found mine at EarthFare), creams and ointments, and is included in some enteric-coated capsules. As always, consult your doctor before beginning any type of homeopathic regimen.
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