If you get all worked up, and “you’re not you” . . . those commercials said you need a Snickers. Well, if you flip out in your car, maybe you should try a Peppermint Patty.
A new study found that the scent of peppermint can reduce aggressive driving behaviors. So, road rage may be relieved . . . by breathing in the sensation of a peppermint little tree air freshener.
This isn’t a HUGE surprise. The compounds in peppermint oil have been known to have positive, calming effects on the brain . . . helping with depression, stress, and anxiety.
The study used peppermint essential oil, so technically it isn’t just the smell of peppermint . . . you might need to invest in a higher quality air freshener that was created from the actual oil.
And they only tested peppermint versus no peppermint . . . so it’s unclear if you could try other scents . . . like pine, strawberry, cotton candy, or piña colada.