Archive for July 21st, 2011

Today I am reporting to you the results of my experiment using peppermint essential oil as a natural stimulant to stay awake at work. I was supposed to let you know if it worked to keep me awake or not yesterday but I forgot to take the peppermint oil with me in my rush to get to work on time. Now that I am working a temporary job, I find myself getting sleepy at work quite often because this is a sit-down job and I’m used to being on the go all the time in my educational work. I wanted something natural to keep me awake because coffee stimulates me but it also gives me urinary tract infections. I like peppermint candy but who needs the extra sugar? I really meant to put a drop or two of peppermint essential oil on a tissue but in my haste I simply grabbed the bottle and stuck it in my purse.

I start work at 8:00 am and I started getting drowsy at 9:15 this morning – I know because I looked at the clock when I first started feeling sleepy. I decided to go get some water from the break room and take a trip to the restroom for this first bout of sleepiness and that woke me up until my 10:00 break. I noticed myself getting sleepy again about 11:15 so I dug around in my purse and got the bottle of peppermint out. I unscrewed the top and took a whiff. Whew! That peppermint is really potent. My eyes opened right up and I put the bottle back in my purse. About 11:45 I was getting sluggish again so I got my peppermint back out and took another whiff; again it woke me up.

I go to lunch at noon for 30 minutes so while eating, I started thinking about the amount of time between my sleepy periods. I thought that maybe if I took more than one whiff of peppermint at a time, the stimulation would last longer. The next time I got sleepy I took three long breaths inhaling peppermint oil on each breath. I didn’t get sleepy again at all for the rest of the afternoon. I did inhale it again though because a co-worker from another floor saw the bottle on my desk and asked why it was there. While I was demonstrating, I accidentally touched the dropper top to my upper lip! That really woke me up – now that is stimulating but I would not suggest you do that unless you have felt peppermint oil on your skin before.

 


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