#36alive 211: Sunday Night Insight | The Benefits Of Peppermint

Peppermint has long been used throughout history to enhance digestion, cool inflammation, relieve sore muscles, and even enhance emotions.

The ancient Egyptians even used peppermint, and dried peppermint leaves were found in the pyramids that carbon dated back to 1000 BC! The Romans grew it as a digestive aid amongst other medicinal properties, and also used it to cover the ground between stepping stone pathways. Some figured the minty aroma would please the guests making their way up the path as they visited their neighbour’s house.

NF-Oct20-Enhancing-Athletic-Performance-With-PeppermintOther than smelling pleasant however, peppermint has some other qualities that might make you reach for the essential oil bottle this week!

According to a study from Wheeling Jesuit University; peppermint-infused mouth guards gave US college rugby players more motivation, energy, speed and confidence.

Some athletes use peppermint inhalers, whilst Reebok have even designed a sports bra that smells of peppermint! 

The consensus amongst athletes is a decreased feeling of fatigue – both physically and mentally – and the smell of peppermint was even released into a dance club where clients rated their feeling of cheerfulness and energy higher when the air was full of minty freshness!

So, if you’re in need of a mood or energy boost, some digestive help, or want to improve your next workout, try simply adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a tissue or cloth, and give it a couple of sniffs every so often!

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