While you may know it as the flavour of choice to remedy bad breath, peppermint was actually traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to aid digestion and help relieve stomach pain caused by gas.
While this aromatic herb can be steeped as a tea, cooked into anything sweet or savoury, or added as a dainty garnish to your favourite dish, our Bye Bye Bloating ensures you get all the benefits of a therapeutic dose. Additionally, because we use the whole leaf form capsule rather than the oil, our product ensures you get all the added synergistic benefits of those leafy greens.
Additional research is studying the effects of peppermint on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
This book discusses the effects and uses of 50 of the most common medicinal herbs, including peppermint. The authors state that peppermint is considered a carminative, meaning a substance that relieves gas. Peppermint tea has been used for indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, colds, headaches and cramps.
This book highlights the general information, uses, and contraindications for a variety of herbs commonly sold in the USA. This includes a discussion of peppermint and it’s use as a digestion aid.
This book discusses the traditional uses of many medicinal plants, including the use of peppermint as a digestion aid.
This research investigates the in vitro influence of 14 different edible plants, including peppermint, on the activities of digestive enzymes. It was found that peppermint had the second highest stimulation effect of all spices on digestive enzyme activity. The study concludes that the in vitro influence of peppermint has “a beneficial stimulatory effect on digestion through stimulation of lipase.”
Ramakrishna Rao, R., Platel, K., & Srinivasan, K. (2003). In vitro influence of spices and spice‐active principles on digestive enzymes of rat pancreas and small intestine. Food/Nahrung, 47(6), 408-412.
This paper investigates edible plants that have “a significant body of research supporting the claims that they have a digestive action, with particular emphasis on clinical data.” The author states that the most important of these digestion-enhancing plants are ginger, peppermint, and fennel, amongst others.
This text constitutes a review of pharmacological, clinical and toxicological data on the therapeutic uses of herbal medicines, including peppermint. The research from the text concludes that peppermint can help relieve flatulent dyspepsia (stomach upset due to gas).
This textbook discusses “the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their application in medicine.” The author describes important information on preparation, usage, dosage, and contraindications of 150 of the most beneficial herbs used in treatment practices. Included in this information is that peppermint can help relieve flatulent dyspepsia (gas).
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The researchers in this study conducted randomized placebo trials to assess the efficacy of peppermint oil capsules for the treatment of active irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As compared to placebo, peppermint oil was found to be significantly superior for the improvement of the participant’s IBS symptoms and abdominal pain. The researchers conclude that “peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term treatment for IBS.”
Khanna, R et al. “Peppermint oil for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Journal of clinical gastroenterology vol. 48,6 (2014): 505-12. doi:10.1097/MCG.0b013e3182a88357
This study tested the effectiveness of peppermint oil in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. The results showed that, subjectively, “75% of the patients in the peppermint oil group showed a >50% reduction of basal total irritable bowel symptoms score compared with 38% in the placebo group.” Objectively, a statistically significant reduction of the total irritable bowel syndrome symptoms score was found with peppermint oil, but not with the placebo.
Cappello, G et al. “Peppermint oil (Mintoil) in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective double blind placebo-controlled randomized trial.” Digestive and liver disease : official journal of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology and the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver vol. 39,6 (2007): 530-6. doi:10.1016/j.dld.2007.02.006
This study investigated the effects of peppermint supplementation on exercise performance. Twelve participants consumed peppermint oil in water for ten days. After the ten days, “exercise performance evaluated by time to exhaustion, work, and power significantly increased.” Based on these results, it was concluded that peppermint oil is effective on exercise performance.