Can peppermint pencils unlock better focus and performance? The makers of Smart Smencils believe so. These pencils, which are made of newspaper rather than the traditional wood, are soaked in a liquid minty scent to improve concentration.
Several studies support peppermint’s ability to boost performance. Brian Raudenbush at Wheeling Jesuit University found that the scent of peppermint improved athletes’ play when administered before a game. A Maryland middle school also experimented with encouraging students to chew peppermint candies before tests.
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