Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant and has a refreshing, minty aroma. It is often used in aromatherapy and has a variety of potential health benefits, including relieving digestive issues, easing raspatory issues, improving mental clarity, and reducing pain.
Peppermint oil may be effective in reducing pain when applied topically due to its potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. Some studies have suggested that peppermint oil may help to reduce muscle pain and other types of pain when applied topically, possibly by inhibiting the activity of pain-signaling enzymes in the body.
In addition to its potential pain-relieving effects, peppermint oil may also have a cooling effect when applied topically, which may help to further reduce pain and discomfort.
Some people believe that peppermint oil may be helpful in improving focus and mental clarity due to its refreshing aroma and potential stimulating effects. However, there is limited scientific evidence to support this claim.
A small study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology found that the scent of peppermint oil may have a positive effect on cognition and mood, and may increase alertness and improve task performance. However, the study was small and more research is needed to confirm these findings.