Peppermint also known as Mentha x piperita is a hybrid cross between watermint and spearmint. Native to Europe and the Middle East, the plant has been used for medicinal purposes since Ancient Egypt. First cultivated in England in the 17th century, Peppermint is named from Greek mythology and has been revered for its antibacterial properties, as a digestive aid, muscle relaxer, and stimulant.
Peppermint has not been shown to help relieve GERD symptoms, in many cases it has been proven to worsen symptoms by relaxing the sphincter muscle between the stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus.
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