The soothing and calming benefits of peppermint oil for IBS sufferers is well documented. Peppermint oil can reduce the stomach pain, bloating and gas that is common in IBS. It has been thought that the menthol in the peppermint oil could be one of the key contributors to these calming effects. New research coming from the University of Adelaide (Pain, April 2011) has discovered that menthol can activate anti-pain channels in the colon. Once activated, the responsiveness of pain-sensing nerve fibres in the colon are dampened which, may in turn, create relief. If you are an IBS sufferer, there is now a plausible reason why peppermint oil may help you to manage your condition. In Australia, Mintec Peppermint Oil capsules are non-prescription and are easily available in most pharmacies.