Thursday, December 31, 2009

In Mint Shape

Peppermint mint be more than just a way to freshen up your breath. Studies have shown that peppermint aroma has the ability to increase cognitive and athletic abilities. A 2001 study done by the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, had 40 athletes perform a series of physical tasks, once with a peppermint odorized adhesive strip under the participant's nose and another round with an ordor-free strip.

Peppermint was found to increase running speed as well as handgrip and upper-body strength. Additionally peppermint odor significantly reduced preceived physical effort and frustration, and the particpants rated their energy higher and exhaustion lower.

Here is a resource for more information on aromatherapy.

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