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PeppermintNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Peppermint (Mentha X piperita). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Pregnancy, obstructed bile ducts, gallbladder inflammation, and those with severe liver damage.
Warning 2 - Bradycardia: Peppermint is known to sometimes cause bradycardia, an abnormally slow heartbeat.
Used as a natural health remedy: Peppermint is used externally for relief of myalgia (pain in a muscle or group of muscles) and neuralgia (acute spasmodic pain along the course of one or more nerves).
Usage 2: Peppermint is used internally to relieve:
Common usage: Candy cane, chewing gum, peppermint tea, mint chocolate, peppermint candy, and peppermint oil.
Some people with asthma use peppermint essential oil as a rescue inhaler.
Bee keepers use peppermint oil to get rid of mites.
Side Effects of PeppermintThe known side effects of using Peppermint include:
Other side effects may also occur when using Peppermint. (See form below)
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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