Peppermint for extra energy
bscmediallc/Shutterstock If you’re feeling lethargic, just the smell of peppermint can mentally perk you up. A study from Wheeling Jesuit University has linked peppermint to greater alertness, performance, and motivation by serving as a central nervous system stimulant. Having a bottle of peppermint oil on hand and sniffing it whenever you’re feeling sluggish may help. Here are more smells that pep you up.
Peppermint for headaches
WAYHOME studio/Shutterstock Rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil on the forehead and temples can ease headache pain in as little as 15 minutes and keep throbbing away for up to an hour. It’s been found to improve circulation and relax muscle tension. Nikki Ostrower, nutritional expert and founder of NAO Wellness, swears by peppermint oil and says it’s the one essential oil she keeps in her bag at all times. “I use it all throughout the day,” says Ostrower. “I put the essential oil on my temples for energy, especially because I’m looking at a computer screen all day. It puts a lot of strain on the eyes and all that electromagnetic energy from the Wi-Fi doesn’t help.” Find out more home remedies for headaches.