The Christmas season is over. But I’ll bet there are more than a few reminders of the holiday around your home.
Maybe the lights are still up. Perhaps the decorations are still in the yard. Or you still have a tin of holiday cookies hanging out on the kitchen counter.
All of that’s got to go soon. But there’s one part of the Christmas season you may want to keep around all year long.
It’s a powerful piece of natural medicine, hiding in plain sight. And it could help calm your irritable bowel. In fact, if your tree is still up (yeah, mine is too), it’s probably staring you in the face right now.
Because this powerful therapy is locked inside of candy canes.
It’s not the sugar, of course, but the peppermint. Specifically, peppermint oil.
It smells like the holidays and tastes terrific. But the latest research shows how it could ALSO help treat a condition where even powerful meds often fail.
It could help chase away some of the worst symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.
How peppermint could ease your IBS
Peppermint oil has been a staple of natural medicine for ages.
For doctors who practice integrative medicine, it’s a standard go-to for easing gastrointestinal issues such as IBS.
So these results aren’t exactly news to the folks who’ve ALREADY tried peppermint oil and seen the positive results firsthand.
But until now, most mainstream medicine practitioners have stubbornly maintained that peppermint oil doesn’t work. Worse, many irritable bowel syndrome patients have been advised to not even consider giving this natural approach a try.
With the new research backing up the oil’s potential for delivering REAL RELIEF, that may soon change.
But if you’re battling irritable bowel 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 new study proves the oil’s effectiveness, 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
Most studies tested an amount of the oil you won’t get from candy canes, of course. Doses were generally starting at about 300 mg per day and going 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 certainly 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 irritable bowel syndrome, the same study finds aloe vera or asafetida may help some folks as well.