(NaturalNews) 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.
How to Boost Your Mental Function With Peppermint
Peppermint offers an inexpensive and enjoyable way to improve your memory and focus. There are several ways you can use peppermint to enhance brain function. Next time you need to clear your head or improve your focus, try one of these:
1. Peppermint essential oil is a favorite in aromatherapy and can be used in a variety of ways. Make a peppermint mist by combining a few drops of peppermint essential oil with one cup of water in a spray mister. Spray a light mist whenever needed. Or add a few drops of peppermint oil in a handkerchief and take the refreshing scent of peppermint with you wherever you go.
2. Fresh mint gives off a strong and pleasant aroma. Grow mint indoors and keep the plant by a desk or anywhere concentration is needed. You can also dry fresh mint leaves and use them for tea or cooking.
3. Make yourself a hot cup of peppermint tea. Not only does this tea smell delightfully of peppermint, but it's also used in natural medicine to improve digestion, ease nausea, relieve stress and more. A fresh cup of peppermint tea in the morning or early afternoon is a great way to beat an energy slump.
About the author: Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more: www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2009/10/welco...
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