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Peppermint Oil for IBS

Peppermint Oil for IBS

IBS? No thanks.

Constipation, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, and bloating. Unfortunately, 1 in 20 people suffer with IBS, in varying severities.
IBS is annoying. It affects daily life, diet, and routine. It can make us as irritable as our bowels. And even more annoying - nobody really knows the specific causes of IBS, as it appears differently in all of us.
Man holding stomach suffering with IBS

 

Peppermint Oil for IBS

However, it’s not all doom and gloom! Don’t flush your hope down the loo just yet. IBS is manageable, and many who suffer with IBS love taking peppermint to relieve their symptoms. Popular as a tea, or chopped up and added to your garden peas (trust me,) peppermint is a great trusty herb to have around. Not only is it refreshing and tastes good, but it has a load of health benefits too! Dodgy tummy? Peppermint. Headache? Peppermint. 

We do some digging into the benefits of peppermint and what it can do for IBS and digestion.

Peppermint for IBS


A Herbal IBS Relief

Peppermint extract is known medically as an antispasmodic. An 'antispasmodic' is a classification of pharmaceutical medicines which relax muscles and help to stop them from sporadically spasming.

According to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research…

Those who suffer with IBS have a slight variance within the colon. That is, the nerve fibres were found to be super sensitive, and were causing a lot of pain to those suffering with IBS. This was causing the IBS sufferers pain in the abdomen, and they had hypersensitive nerve fibres. After taking peppermint, the antispasmodic-ness (no - that isn’t a word) of the menthol oil within the peppermint would temporarily switch off the extra-sensitive-nerve fibres in the colon. This means it could help reduce the uncomfortable effects of IBS that most people experience on a daily basis.

Many other studies have found similar results, and work into the digestive effects of peppermint continues.

Peppermint Oil for Digestion

Peppermint, either taken as a supplement or drank as a tea - can help considerably with digestion, especially after a big meal. Our bodies use bile to break down fats from food. Peppermint can help relax the stomach muscles and improve the flow of the bile throughout the digestive organs. Even if you have a healthy, functioning digestive system, it’s a good idea to take peppermint after food, as it can help settle the food in your stomach and begin the inner digestion process smoothly.

peppermint tea as IBS treatment

 

Other health benefits of Peppermint

  • A source of antioxidants to flush out free radicals within the body
  • Has been shown to improve brain function
  • Can help relieve common cold symptoms - helping to unblock the sinuses
  • Has been known to relieve headaches

Fancy giving it a go?

Check out our very own Peppermint oil tablets, from MOBU. 

For IBS sufferers, those with dodgy stomachs  - or if you just fancy getting your instant peppermint fix without the washing up. 

 

 

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