Peppermint

Case
One of your teenage patients was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel disease (IBD). She read on the Internet about the use of peppermint oil to treat the symptoms of IBD and wants to know what you think. This patient also has a hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux (GER).
Question
Which of the following is true about peppermint?

Peppermint oil aromatherapy (rubbing the oil under the nose or on the chest) is a safe home remedy for congested newborns.


Peppermint oil can reduce colonic spasm during colonoscopy.


 


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