Japanese mint is a plant. The oil is removed from the parts that grow above the ground and used to make medicine.
Japanese mint oil is used for various digestive complaints including poor appetite, gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, gallstones, liver problems, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
It is also used for respiratory tract problems including common cold, cough, bronchitis, and sore mouth and throat.
Other uses include treatment of fever, pain, spasms, headaches, toothaches, cramps, earache, tumors, sores, cancer, heart problems, breathing difficulties, tendency toward infection, and sensitivity to weather changes.
Some people use Japanese mint as a stimulant, a germ-killer, or a pain-killer.
Japanese mint is applied directly to the skin for muscle pain, nerve pain, itchiness, and hives.
When inhaled, Japanese mint is used for swelling of the lining of the upper respiratory tract. Japanese mint oil contains up to 95% menthol.
In manufacturing, Japanese mint is also used as a fragrance in toothpaste, mouthwash, gargles, soaps, detergents, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Commercially it is used as a source of menthol.
How it works
Japanese mint oil is thought to prevent intestinal gas, stimulate bile flow, and fight infections.
Not ProvenIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS)Mouth inflammationJoint and muscle painCommon coldCoughFeverTendency to infectionNauseaSore throatDiarrheaHeadachesToothachesCrampsEaracheTumorsSoresCancerHeart problemsSensitivity to weather changesIntestinal gas (flatulence)Muscular pain (myalgia)Nerve painItching, when applied to the skinHives, when applied to the skinSwelling (inflammation) of the airways such as bronchitis, when inhaledOther conditions
Japanese mint oil seems to be safe for most people when taken appropriately by mouth or applied to the skin. It can cause some side effects such as stomach upset when taken by mouth. It can cause allergic skin reactions when used directly on the skin. If applied directly on the face or inhaled, it can worsen asthma, cause vocal cord spasms, and cause serious breathing problems. It can also cause flushing, headache, and allergic reactions.Not enough is known about the safety of inhaling Japanese mint oil.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Japanese mint duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Japanese Mint.
Children: Japanese mint oil is UNSAFE for use in infants and children, especially when applied around the nose, since it can trigger serious breathing problems.
Asthma: The menthol in Japanese mint oil might make asthma worse.
Gallbladder conditions such as inflammation, gallstones, or a blocked bile duct: Don't use Japanese mint oil if you have one of these conditions. It could make your condition worse.
Liver disease: Don't use Japanese mint if you have a liver problem. It could make your condition worse.
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