Be Young Essential Oils
(Mentha piperita) A number of peppermint traditional remedies are supported by both in vitro and clinical research on the whole plant and one of its main phytochemicals, menthol (a secondary alcohol produced by the herb).
Peppermint oil (obtained via steam distillation from the fresh above-ground parts of the flowering plant), for example, is one of the most widely used complementary and alternative medicine therapies for irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.
Peppermint oil acts to reduce gastrointestinal smooth muscle motility, possibly by acting as a calcium channel antagonist. It is also commonly used for pediatric digestive problems.
Other applications with potential include use as a spasmolytic during endoscopic procedures, and for the soothing of symptoms associated with respiratory infection and distress.