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Peppermint, one of nature’s oldest and best tasting natural herbs, is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses. Hence it is often termed as the world’s oldest medicine.
Studies have shown that it shortens the time food spends in your stomach. It helps you digest food before it goes into the intestines and colon.
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms and pain.
Unlike many other herbs and essential oils, numerous health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved by the scientific community.
In a 1-month double blind, placebo-controlled clinical study involving 110 participants with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, there was significant improvement of symptoms after taking a peppermint oil formulation 3 to 4 times daily.
In another study 57 participants were given peppermint oil capsules twice daily for 4 weeks, and 75% of the participants showed a 50% decrease of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.