Smelling this essential oil before a workout can make you run faster.

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Research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology shows a good whiff  of peppermint oil increases athletic performance; subjects finished a 400-meter run faster, had more handgrip strength and could complete more pushups. We turned to aromatherapist Charlynn Avery of Aura Cacia, an essential oils company, to get some tips on how this minty-fresh stuff can up our speed.

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Avery says peppermint essential oil is a great “starter oil” for athletes because of its energizing and cooling properties as well as its effect on breathing. Besides taking a healthy sniff pre-run, here are her top tips on how to incorporate peppermint into your routine:

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