Different studies have been conducted over the decades using limonene, a compound present in peppermint oil. One study that stands out was carried out on a European choleretics showed that treatment using compounds such as menthone and methol is occasionally successful in the treatment of gallstones.
However, due to people’s varying hormonal balances, there is no absolute guarantee that it will work for everyone. Out of forty patients, the researchers were able to treat twenty-seven, which comes down to a possible one in three chances of getting treated using peppermint. In twenty of these, the symptoms were merely alleviated while in the rest, there was a complete dissolution of the gallstones.
The results were likely affected by the different levels of physical each individual person was exposed to. As of now, one of the most effective ways of preventing the prevalence of gallstones is high levels of physical activity. This should lead to a subsequent decrease in the level of cholesterol in the blood, as a result. As such, whichever remedy chosen should be accompanied by an increase in physical activity. Preferably, exercise is the best way to shed extra fat and decrease cholesterol levels in the blood.
There are two ways to take peppermint, both of which should just be as effective. Mix a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a warm cup of water and add a teaspoon of honey. This mixture should be enjoyed while still warm, and taken twice daily for a period of four to six weeks. For the best results, it should be taken between meals. The easier way around is to swallow peppermint oil capsules designed for this specific purpose.