Peppermint (etym. Piperita - Mentha) is a sterile hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint, with a high menthol content, often used in tea and confectionery. Peppermint is the oldest and most popular flavour of mint flavored confectionery (including chewing gum).


... Peppermint is widely known for its soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Because it may relax the muscles in the intestinal wall, it may relieve cramps and reduce pain associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Because the production of saliva is also stimulated by peppermint, the resulting increase in swallowing may possibly improve appetite, reduce nausea, or lessen motion sickness. Sometimes, peppermint oil is given orally or made into lozenges or suppositories to relieve muscle spasms associated with diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, and barium enemas. ...
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