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Is Peppermint Tea Good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome is known to affect about 20% of the U.S population. A solution to relieve a patient of irritable bowel syndrome was proposed by the researches University of Adelaide was the use of peppermint. For many years neuropaths prescribe peppermint to relieve bowel syndrome and how it has been found out and demonstrated how it is helpful for the patient suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Is Peppermint Tea Good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Is Peppermint Tea Good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Even though there is no proper cure for irritable bowel syndrome and it can come and go several times in a person’s life, the present study shows the peppermint oil is one of the most effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. It helps in relaxing the fibers or the muscles which is one of the critical symptoms for irritable bowel syndrome. The use of peppermint oil as a muscle of fibre relaxant has shown such positive results that the researchers have updates its use in the national and international treatment guidelines. It comes in very handy since 5 % to 20% of the population of any country is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Based of high quality test results, the news report or the review is made which mentions the use of peppermint oil provides relief to the patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. All the examinations done, show that peppermint oil works as a muscle relaxant or as antispasmodics which provides relief from the spams arising in the fibers of the muscles. The studies further show that this product brings down the risk of persistent symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like bloating and abdominal pain compared to placebo.

You can buy peppermint oil from the shop without having to issue any prescription for it. Once you use it while being under an attack, you can feel the anesthetic effect it brings to the whole body and mind. Therefore you can prefer it to all other herbs which are antispasmodic in nature or any antispasmodic prescribed drugs. The effect of it is stronger when taken with brewed tea. Often it is also sent that peppermint oil works as a very strong relaxant and gives rise to GERD and heartburn. In case you are susceptible to such problems, you must avoid it and stick to other herbs like high volatile oil fennel or ginger for helping treat irritable bowel syndrome. It is therefore best if peppermint (fresh or dried) is taken after brewing it in hot water and missing it with hot tea. You must not boil it in hot water or it will lose the volatile oils which gives the effectiveness to treat irritable bowel syndrome. You can use peppermint in any other beneficial forms as available in the market.

For children, there are enteric coated peppermint oil capsules. Studies show that such are made for children so that when taken, it does not dissolve in the stomach leading to probable heartburns but dissolve in the intestines and work as a pain killer and muscle relaxant smoothly. The peppermint candies like Altoids can also be sued by adults. Altoids are known to contain pure peppermint oil and you can either chew it or swallow a couple of them before and after taking meals. The candies shall provide you fresh breath and relieve from irritable bowel syndrome.

You can choose to buy dry peppermint in a large amount and brew it with tea strainers. You can also go for tea bags missed with it though the effectiveness depends on how much you are using it. You must remember that peppermint tea does not contain caffeine that gives rise to GI spasms or any tea leaves at all. It is good to taste and can be sweetened with sugar or honey. Though you can make it into iced-tea, it is better to take in hot tea since hot tea itself works as muscle relaxant while cold substances cab give rise to GI spasms. The process to make peppermint tea for irritable bowel syndrome is to add 1-2 tablespoons of dried peppermint to 8 ounce of hot water and brew it. The stronger the tea is, the better it works.


  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome
  2. Mayo Clinic – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Symptoms & Causes: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 8, 2023

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