Peppermint oil has been used as a natural medicine for many hundreds of years and was first discovered by Carl Linnaeus, who concocted the substance using Peppermint that had been collected in England. The treatment of Peppermint oil has been know to help with the symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), which includes pain and cramping, as well as constipation, bloating and diarrhea. Irritable bowl syndrome can effect up to 20 percent of the population and is uncomfortable and problematic for those who suffer from it.
Although it was initially used as a herbal medicine, it is now also used in a wide range of foods and ingredients, including ice cream and candy. Although the ingredient of peppermint taste great, they are also incredibly effective against a wide range of problems that can effect the human body. This is because the peppermint plant contains a selection of useful compounds that help in curing abominable pains, including Menthol.
The reason that Menthol has such a great effect at treating problems within the abdominal area is due to the effect that it can block calcium acids. This leads to a smoothing effect of the muscles that are based within the walls of the intestines. Recent tests, which were carried out by Alex Ford, a McMaster University researcher, showed that the effects of Menthol and Peppermint oil were more effective and a healthier option than the over the counter drugs that are usually considered when bowl problems arise.
Peppermint oil can also be good against a selection of other symptoms, including nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, as well as to effectively treat insect bites and rashes that are caused from touching poison ivy. Peppermint oil can also be used as an effective mouthwash on babies who are suffering with thrush in the mouth.