Can peppermint oil cure bad breath?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Is it safe to ingest peppermint essential oil? I read somewhere it can help with bad breath.


Health expert from Skin & Body Renewal, Dr Graham Duncombe, responds:

“Let’s start by taking a look at the issue of bad breath. Bad breath (halitosis) occurs due to a number of causes, either bacterial infection of the gums, teeth, tonsils or sinuses; smoking; metabolic disorders and digestive disorders. Have your oral hygienist and physician check these for you, and this will most likely result in a cure.

Peppermint oil as an oral supplement should be taken in a capsule form. It may cause nausea and heartburn and some people are allergic to peppermint. It is not considered safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is usually prescribed for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome, but otherwise has no further direct action on the breath. A peppermint mouthwash would be more effective for bad breath, but must never be swallowed.”

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  1. NaturalDiva

    Peppermint Oil is really strong, I would be worried about ingesting it. Thank you for the clear answer.

    4 years ago •

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