Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for Crohn's disease March 05 2014
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory condition of the bowels. Essentially, the body's immune system begins attacking healthy cells in your GI tract, which causes inflammation. Crohn's is classified medically as an autoimmune disorder because it involves the immune system. This means that your body is producing antibodies that work against itself and the processes necessary for strong health. Symptoms include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, fever, and weight loss. Crohn's disease is a chronic condition, meaning a person will have it for life. There may be times when the disease goes into remission, meaning there are no symptoms, but there may also be times of flare ups, particularly with certain lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, bad food, etc.).
Peppermint essential oil (mentha arvensis) has been used successfully by people with irritable bowel syndrome, a digestive disorder that has symptoms similar to Crohn's disease. Peppermint oil is thought to have the ability to relieve gastrointestinal problems by blocking the flow of calcium unto muscle cells in the intestines, which in turn reduces muscle contractions. These bowel spasms are a commonly suffered symptom for those with Crohn’s Disease, and peppermint oil can provide soothing relief.
How to ease Crohn’s Disease symptoms using 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 “attack” or at the onset of suspicious 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.