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When can I use peppermint oil for headaches if I'm breastfeeding?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Topical peppermint oil for headaches can be used by women who are nursing -- but not while you are actually breastfeeding your baby. Peppermint oil should never be used near the faces of babies or children, because it can cause potentially dangerous spasms of the breathing system.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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