The benefits of peppermint aroma

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Odor, Olfaction, Science

The Sense of Smell Institute (SOSI) has commissioned a White Paper
to review recent research findings on the beneficial effects of
peppermint. Numerous studies have linked the ingredient with
improved mental and physical performance.

"There are a multitude of anecdotal references to a wide variety of uses and effects for peppermint in folklore and aromatherapy literature. We wanted to see how many of these claims have been substantiated by solid scientific research,"​ said SOSI's executive director Theresa Molnar.

The review of existing scientific literature has found that numerous studies link the effects of peppermint to improved mental performance, cognitive functioning, pain threshold and tolerance, digestion and athletic performance.

"The administration of peppermint odour has played a dramatic role in promoting a greater quality of life for many individuals. Experimental evidence concerning the effects of peppermint continues to grow. Most likely a variety of new products will soon be marketed which capitalize on the all-natural, non-pharmaceutical properties of the ingredient,"​ said the scientist responsible for the White Paper Dr Raudenbush.

A study on the effects of peppermint on athletic performance conducted by Raudenbush and his colleagues showed that the ingredient reduced perceived physical workload, temporal workload, effort and frustration. Participants also rated their level of vigor higher and level of fatigue lower in the peppermint condition.

The presence of peppermint was also found to improve mental ability with subjects making fewer errors and becoming more attentive.

"In addition, research will begin examining the effectiveness of peppermint-based analgesics for mild to moderate pain reactions. Peppermint produces a significant analgesic effect on sensitivity to headache and has a positive influence on pain threshold and increased overall tolerance of pain,"​ said Raudenbush.

SOSI​ research also links the ingestion of peppermint with a positive effect on digestion and the digestive process.

Related topics: Formulation & Science, Fragrance

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Scent Expedition: Madagascar

Scent Expedition: Madagascar

Symrise | 15-Jul-2020 | Product Presentation

With 90% of its plants and animals found nowhere else, Madagascar is a wealth of biodiversity like no place else on earth. This island off the coast of...

Firmenich Sharing Innovation 2020 Collection

Firmenich Sharing Innovation 2020 Collection

Firmenich | 30-Jun-2020 | Product Presentation

Once again, Firmenich has opened its treasure chest of exceptional ingredients, created from its industry-leading science platforms. The company shares...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Clean & Ethical Beauty Video Series



View more