Used as an aromatherapy oil, peppermint can be most beneficial. From an orthodox point of view peppermint has been found to be helpful in relieving bowel spasm, especially in irritable bowel syndrome. It has its place in holistic treatments and if effective can be used without anxiety, although one must remember that peppermint will negate the effect of homeopathic remedies.

Topically, peppermint oil can be very relieving for haemorrhoids and phlebitis but remember to dilute the peppermint oil considerably before applying it to the sensitive anal area.