Nausea and headache
Urinary tract infection
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Peppermint oil also is used for a variety of health conditions and can be taken orally in dietary supplements or topically as a skin cream or ointment. Some evidence suggests that peppermint oil may help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. But despite promising research, there is no clear-cut evidence to support its use for other health conditions. When used as directed, dietary supplements and skin preparations containing peppermint oil are likely safe for most adults.
A Final Word of Warning
The compotent mix of chemicals and active ingredients in peppermint oil can be dangerous for pregnant women, as it has been known in some situations to cause miscarriages. Furthermore, a few varieties of pine can be toxic when consumed. Despite the versatility of this particular essential oil, it is important to never consume essential oils internally. Inhalitation in the form of aromatherapy is safe in certain situations, but it is always better to speak with an herbalist or an aromatherapist before embarking on this sort of alternative treatment. Also, due to high concentration of chemicals in these oils, undiluted oils can bet very powerful and dangerous when your skin is directly exposed to it.