Peppermint oil Capsules

  1. Is anyone familiar with this alternative treatment for GI symptoms. I think I'm giving myself an ulcer lately! Cannot drink coffee on an empty stomach, heartburn all the time, cannot eat greasy foods at all. General GI discomfort without other overt symptoms. Not ready to see the doctor yet. Was advised to take peppermint oil capsules. Apparently this is a very common and accepted treatment in England.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   adrienurse
    I guess nothing else, you get a minty-clean esophagus.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    hmm not really. how about asking a naturopath? i would, in your situation. i wish you well adrie.
  5. by   rebelwaclause
    Before my mom had gallbladder surgery the only thing that gave her relief was doublemint gum. Must be some truth to the "mint" thing....
  6. by   RNinICU
    I don't know anything about peppermint oil capsules, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :angel2: :hatparty:
  7. by   aimeee
    Happy Birthday, Adrienne!

    I do know that peppermint is supposed to be good for nausea but can't vouch for it as a remedy for the symptoms you are reporting. When I was pregnant and had a touch of nausea (try doing dissections in biology class in first trimester!) I would just pop one of those big soft pink peppermint candies in my mouth and the urpy feeling would be banished.

    My mother takes charcoal capsules for the symptoms that you are describing. She does not need them too often though.
  8. by   eltrip
    As I understand from a colleague, peppermint capules are useful in, at the very least, relieving GI distress, especially cramping. I believe my colleague mentioned enteric coated peppermint, so that the release would occur in the intestines.

    As for heartburn, chewing doublemint gum sure helped mine while I was pregnant! It was even better than Tums.

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