Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint is a plant growing throughout North America and Europe. It is precious for its fragrant oil which has been used for many health conditions, such as common cold symptoms, headache, cramps, indigestion, nausea and joint pain. Peppermint leaves are used for gallbladder disease and for stomach/intestinal disorders.
Peppermint leaves are used as an antispasmodic (esophageal, colonic, gastric spasm) remedy. It may reduce intestinal spasm during endoscopic procedures. There is insufficient evidence at present which can prove the efficacy of peppermint leaves in the treatment of cough. Indigestion abd dyspepsia (heartburn) symptoms can be relieved with the help of peppermint oil. At the same time, heartburn can be a side effect of oral usage of peppermint oil.
Peppermint leaves may partially remove the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), however, additional study is required in this field. The use of peppermint against headache is not scientifically approved yet. There is little scientific evidence in the effectiveness of cleaning the mouth with an essential oil mixture.

There is little scientific information supporting the safety of peppermint leaves when used in children. Allergic and hypersensitivity reactions can be linked to the usage of peppermint leaves by mouth or to the application onto the skin. They are laryngeal spasm, asthma symptoms and other breathing problems, contact dermatitis, skin rash and hives. So, patients with allergy or hypersensitivity to peppermint leaves should avoid these products.
Peppermint leaves are safe in small doses, however some adverse effects may occur. When applied onto the skin, allergic or hypersensitivity reactions may take place, as well as chemical burn, mouth ulcers and sores, and eye irritation. Peppermint oil if taken by mouth can lead to dizziness, headache, heartburn, slow heart rate, anal burning, or muscle tremor. Taking too much peppermint leaves may result in brain damage, muscle weakness, and seizure. Peppermint leaves should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to insufficient information and potential for toxicity.