Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) November 25 2013

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. 
How to treat IBS using peppermint oil:Days Island Peppermint Oil
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.