Peppermint & Eucalyptus

*The combination of Peppermint and Eucalyptus blend provide a wide range of neuro-cognitive enhancing effects. A 2018 study displayed that peppermint essential oil "beneficially modulated performance of demanding cognitive tasks and attenuated the increase in mental fatigue associated with extended cognitive testing" (National institute of health article, PMID 30087294) Scientist believe the increase in cognitive performance is due to the antioxidant properties of the naturally occurring chemicals found in peppermint essential oil. A chart in a study published in 2017 that was researching the nueroprotective and anti-aging potentials of essential oils stated that Eucalyptus essential oil helped individuals be more attentive for a longer period of time. (National institute of health article, PMID 28611658) The same study reports this essential oil to have considerable antioxidant potentials! 

*A slide show found on www.WebMD.com suggested that Eucalyptus oil "fights respiratory infections by killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi."  The naturally occurring cineole chemical found in eucalyptus seems to shut down virus particles from entering cells in HSV-1 (oral herpes). 

 

 

Citations: 

(PMID 30087294) Kennedy D, Okello E, Chazot P, et al. Volatile Terpenes and Brain Function: Investigation of the Cognitive and Mood Effects of Mentha × Piperita L. Essential Oil with In Vitro Properties Relevant to Central Nervous System Function. Nutrients. 2018;10(8):1029. Published 2018 Aug 7. doi:10.3390/nu10081029

 

(PMID 28611658) Ayaz M, Sadiq A, Junaid M, Ullah F, Subhan F, Ahmed J. Neuroprotective and Anti-Aging Potentials of Essential Oils from Aromatic and Medicinal Plants. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017;9:168. Published 2017 May 30. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2017.00168