Isn’t it funny how so many remarkable cures turn out to be hiding in plain sight? It’s almost as if someone intended for us to find them. And, well, maybe they did.
Take your Christmas tree, for example. Many of us rushed to get them up early this year because – as the old song goes – we NEED a little Christmas now!
And if yours is up and decorated, and you’ve got all the trimmings sprinkled about, then there’s a good chance you’ve got a stomach-soothing miracle right in front of you.
It’s those candy canes.
The peppermint oil inside candy canes has been a staple of natural medicine for ages. It’s a standard go-to for easing gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS for doctors who practice integrative medicine.
And now, science confirms what millions of folks have already found out firsthand. And that is peppermint often works like a charm to ease the discomfort of these often-debilitating conditions.
How peppermint could ease your IBS
Most mainstream docs aren’t exactly in the holiday spirit.
They turn their noses up at this alternative stuff. And worse yet, some warn their patients not to even consider giving this natural approach a try.
But that could FINALLY be about to change, as science now confirms that it works. And countless folks suffering from IBS and other gut troubles might soon get to experience the soothing relief of peppermint.
Who knows, when they see how well it works for their own patients, those docs might even come around and start to RECOMMEND it.
But if you’re battling IBS symptoms, don’t wait for your own doctor to bring it up. Go ahead and ask him about giving peppermint oil a try NOW.
REAL relief from irritable bowel syndrome
The recent study proves the oil’s effectiveness for IBS, once and for all.
Scientists combed through years of research on natural therapies for irritable bowel syndrome. They found 33 met the “gold standard” test of being both a double-blind and placebo-controlled trial.
Most of them looked at peppermint. And overall, the researchers found the oil has two significant benefits in its favor:
- it works for short-term relief
- it’s perfectly safe
Now, of course, those candy canes aren’t the best source of peppermint. They not only don’t contain enough of the oil, but they’re also packed with unhealthy processed sugar. So if you’re interested in trying peppermint for your own IBS or other tummy troubles, stick to supplements instead.
Doses in the studies generally started at about 300 mg per day and went all the way up to 1,400 mg per day.
As with anything else, it’s best to start with the lowest doses first and then work your way up if it’s not giving you the relief you’re looking for. Your doctor can help you iron out a custom plan that works best for you.
And while peppermint is undoubtedly a whole lot safer than drugs, as with anything new, there can be some minor side effects, especially at higher doses. In some cases, people report a little heartburn or a bit of a burn or itch when it comes back out the other end.
The study finds the side effects when they happen are pretty mild. And if peppermint doesn’t cut it for you when it comes to easing your IBS, the same study finds aloe vera or asafetida may help some folks as well. For more on natural approaches to soothing digestion issues, click here.