By some estimates, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects as many as 1 in 5 adults. IBS is
an intestinal condition characterized by crampy abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea
and/or constipation. It is commonly treated with an array of prescription medications,
and natural remedies are often overlooked, but can be extremely effective in treating this
uncomfortable intestinal disorder.
Peppermint essential oil (mentha arvensis) can be a powerful remedy in the treatment
of various IBS symptoms. Peppermint has been extracted and used for centuries as an
herbal intestinal remedy, having very impressive effects on intestinal function and health.
It is thought to have the ability to relieve gastrointestinal problems by blocking the flow
of calcium into muscle cells in the intestines, which in turn reduces muscle contractions.
Intestinal contractions are a common complaint made by those that suffer from debilitating
IBS symptoms, and peppermint oil can provide fantastic relief.
In the morning, place 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a glass of warm water or herbal tea.
Drink slowly and allow the oil to absorb into the intestinal tract. This method can also be
used when in an IBS “attack” or at the onset of symptoms.
Dilute 3 -5 drops of peppermint oil in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut
or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen. Peppermint oil can also be used in
an undiluted form, though caution should be taken as it may cause a slight skin irritation.
Place a drop on the stomach meridian pressure point (on the top of the foot, between the
second and third toes). Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Place a drop on additional pressure points including wrists, behind the ears, and between
the thumb and index finger.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.