Peppermint Leaf Can Help with Feelings of Nausea and Has Soothing Effects on the Digestive Tract
In studies, peppermint leaf has been shown to reduce the feelings of nausea in post-operative patients and for many years its proponents have made similar claims about the leaf's ability to reduce stomach discomfort with any number of causes. The key to this nausea-soothing ability appears to be properties that relax tightened stomach muscles that cause nausea and vomiting. The same quality also seems to work in other areas of the digestive tract.
This herb can be consumed as a pill, capsule or oil, all of which can be found in the supplement aisle of a health food, grocery, or drug store. It can also be sipped in tea form, or consumed in foods such as candy, ice cream, or salads and other foods that feature the herb chopped. As long as real peppermint is used in the food, those who consume it should experience some benefits. Additionally, just smelling peppermint - most commonly in aromatherapy oils - has been shown to have some similar anti-nausea properties.
While peppermint leaf is a successful treatment for nausea in many cases, you should visit your doctor if your nausea is reoccurring. This could indicate more serious health problems that cannot be treated with peppermint.