The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Review: Peppermint (Manta piperita)

    It’s a popular herb used in many forms (ie, oil, leaf, leaf extract, and leaf water).

    Researchers at the San Diego-Rady Children’s Hospital, in California, compiled what’s known.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Peppermint oil has the most uses.
      • Data on the oil are considered relevant to the leaf extract formulations as well.
      • Topical preparations are used to calm pruritus and relieve irritation and inflammation.
    • Uses for flavoring and fragrance
      • Cosmeceuticals
      • Personal hygiene products
      • Foods
      • Pharmaceutical products
    • Characteristics
      • A fresh sharp menthol odor and a pungent taste followed by a cooling sensation.
    • Sensitivity
      • Frequent application to impaired skin may contribute to sensitization.
      • Many allergic contact dermatitis reactions to peppermint oil have been reported.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Although peppermint oil is known for its many properties, its role as a sensitizer should be recognized so as to aid in the diagnosis of both dermatitis and oral conditions and to allow the initiation of proper avoidance measures.”

    If you’re interested, a very detailed review, a bit dated, is here.

    4/10/11 22:48 JR

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