Peppermint allergies have been reported. You may also be allergic to peppermint if you are allergic to other members of the Lamiaceae family, including basil, catnip, lavender, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, or thyme.
When used properly, peppermint oil is generally secure. You should be aware of a few possible side effects and interactions, though.
Possible side effects of peppermint oil include
- Allergic reactions: Some people may experience allergic reactions to peppermint oil. Avoid using peppermint oil if you exhibit any allergy symptoms after doing so, and consult a physician instead.
- Heartburn: The smooth muscles that line the digestive tract can be relaxed by peppermint oil. Some people may experience heartburn or indigestion as a result of this. Try using a lower dose or dilution with a carrier oil, like olive oil, if you experience these side effects after using peppermint oil.
- Interactions: Peppermint oil may interact with drugs used to treat asthma and heart conditions, among other conditions. Before using peppermint oil, discuss with your doctor if you are taking any medications.
Use of peppermint oil is not advised for young children or pregnant women.
Three times a day, 0.2–0.4 ml (6–12 drops) of peppermint oil is advised.
To store this medicine
Store in a dry, cool environment. Refrigerate not.
Keep out of the bathroom. Never share your medication with anyone and keep it away from children.
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Other Side Effects
Peppermint oil can also result in the following side effects and interactions in addition to those already mentioned: - Diarrhea: Peppermint oil can relax the smooth muscle lining the digestive tract, which can result in diarrhea. Some people may develop diarrhea as a result of this. Try using a lower dose or dilution the oil with a carrier oil like olive oil if you experience this side effect.
- Headache: Some people experience headaches as a result of peppermint oil. Try using a lower dose or dilution the oil with a carrier oil like olive oil if you experience this side effect.
Stop using peppermint oil and visit a doctor if you experience any of these side effects.