Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
A naturally perfect combination of volatile aromatic compounds menthol, menthone, and 1,8-Cineole, Peppermint has one of the most powerful and diverse spectrum of benefits of any essential oil. Aromatically, it is energizing and can help support feelings of clear breathing. Topically, it provides a cooling sensation to the skin. But it is internally where Peppermint may provide the most powerful benefits.
Can I Consume Peppermint Essential Oil?
Like many essential oils, Peppermint is listed by the FDA as GRAS, generally recognized as safe for consumption. While GRAS status should not imply that you can ingest Peppermint essential oil without considering quantity—and with how potent it is, why would you?—it does note that it is safe when consumed in “commonly used quantities”1. While doTERRA is currently determining ideal recommended amounts with pharmacokinetic research, generally recommended guidelines include starting off with the smallest amounts (a few beadlets or a single drop in a glass of water) and slowly increasing it with experience.
What Are the Benefits of Ingesting Peppermint?
Peppermint essential oil is an antioxidant, it supports the proper function of several different body systems, and may even help to reduce appetite when used internally2-4.* Quite simply, a drop of Peppermint essential oil in a glass of water each morning is a great addition to your health-supporting lifestyle for many reasons, but its most research-proven benefit is in supporting healthy digestive function. Human clinical and experimental research suggest that Peppermint essential oil may ease and relax the gastrointestinal muscles and reduce gas, bloating, and other acute digestive difficulties5,6.*
What Is the Best Way to Take Peppermint Internally?
While Peppermint can be taken in the form of beadlets, or added to food or a glass of water, for the oil to support the digestive system it has to be able to reach its target. The stomach is an acidic environment, which can denature or even totally destroy many substances. The Peppermint Softgel is enteric-coated, meaning it has a coating which prevents irritation in the stomach lining and allows it to survive the entire digestive system until it is released in the lower bowel. Numerous studies have shown that enteric-coated substances are more effective at reaching their intended targets7,8.
The Peppermint Softgel provides a convenient, evidence-based way to take advantage of the digestive supporting properties of Peppermint essential oil.* Take up to two softgels before meals to reduce acute digestive discomfort and experience all the other internal benefits of Peppermint.