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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 21, 2020.

What are other common names?

  • Mentha arvensis
  • Mentha halpocalyx
  • Mentha lavanduliodora
  • Mentha x piperita L. Peppermint is a hybrid of Mentha spicata L. (spearmint) and Mentha aquatica L. Family: Lamiaceae (mints)
  • Mentha x piperita
  • Black Peppermint
  • Bo He
  • Brandy Mint
  • Chinese Peppermint
  • Corn Mint
  • Extract of Mentha Piperita
  • Extract of Peppermint
  • Extract of Peppermint Leaves
  • Extrait de Feuilles de Menthe de Poivrée
  • Extrait de Mentha Piperita
  • Extrait de Menthe Poivrée
  • Field Mint
  • Herba Menthae
  • Huile de Mentha Piperita
  • Huile de Menthe Poivrée
  • Huile Essentiella de Menthe Poivrée
  • Lamb Mint
  • Mentha Lavanduliodora
  • Mentha Oil
  • Mentha Piperita
  • Mentha Piperita Extract
  • Mentha Piperita Oil
  • Mentha x piperita
  • Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum
  • Menthae Piperitae Folium
  • Menthe
  • Menthe Poivrée
  • Menthol
  • Mint
  • Mint Balm
  • Oil of Peppermint
  • Paparaminta
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Peppermint Leaf
  • Peppermint Leaf Extract
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Western Peppermint

What is this product used for?

Peppermint oil is used by some people to help with irritable bowel syndrome. It can help to decrease upset stomach, bloating, or gas. Some people use peppermint oil on their skin to help with pain, muscle aches, or headaches. No information currently supports the use of dried peppermint leaves for any condition.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products. Some drugs may have worse side effects if you take them with this natural product.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Do not take this product by mouth if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, or gastric ulcers.

  • Take extra care if you take this product with antacids or other drugs for heartburn.

  • Do not take this product by mouth if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Do not put peppermint oil on the face, especially under the nose of a child or infant.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Gallstones

    • Stomach ulcers

    • Heartburn

    • Liver problems

What should I watch for?

  • Mouth sores

  • Heartburn

  • Flushing

  • Rash

  • Itching around the anus

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

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