Peppermint isn't just for toothpaste and candy canes: research shows the aroma of peppermint is a natural remedy for boosting memory, focus and concentration. Whether in the form of essential oil, fresh mint leaves, or brewed tea, the refreshing scent of peppermint may be just what you need to perk up your mind.
One 2006 study in the United Kingdom measured the effect of peppermint aroma on cognitive performance. Researchers compared peppermint aroma in one group to ylang-ylang aroma in another, while a third control group received no exposure to aroma. Peppermint was shown to increase alertness and memory, while ylang-ylang appeared to impair both.
Another study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience again showed the aroma of peppermint led to improved memory and alertness. And one more study in Cincinnati, Ohio exposed a group of students to the aroma of peppermint oil before a test. Those who smelled the peppermint oil showed an improved accuracy of 28 percent compared to students who did not.
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Samia, you made my high side of middle-age brain remember that I have a bottle of peppermint essential oil. I had forgotten about it. :-) I just took a whiff, and left it on the kitchen counter, so that I will remember to keep taking whiffs now and then.
Good point (and reminder) Cookie! I've always meant to try the peppermint oil on the cotton ball method for the mice that like to hang out in my garage, but never wanted to spend the $$ on peppermint oil for the meeses.
I use to grow peppermint. Very, very, very invasive. One really has to plant it in a metal tub. I wonder if deer like it. Maybe I'll try it next spring. Nothing better than fresh leaves for tea, but dried ones are just as good.
Did you know that peppermint is antimicrobial? I understand that it is, but not if used frequently. Apparently the microbes get use to it.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. -Friedrich Nietzsche
I know what you mean, but it's all varieties of mint (I think). My garden is in a moist, poorly drained area of the yard (no choice) so I've raised beds, but around the beds, you can't get rid of the wild mint to save your life. So, I let it grow but eventually the plants make their way into the raised beds...it's always something.