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Scents to Help You Wake Up and Feel Energized

Sniffing away grogginess has never been easier. Just as certain scents like lavender can help you drift off to sleep, other aromas can be just what you need to feel alert and awake. With any of the following smells, look for essential oils, shampoos, body washes, lotions, or teas that feature the scent and take a whiff first thing in the morning. (If these don’t do the trick, try combining the scents with a specific color to really wake yourself up.) Citrus: Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits aren’t just delicious and nutritious—the smell of the fruits can boost your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy. They also reduce levels of…

The Best Scents for Relaxation and Sleep

Five fragrant options to help transport you to dreamland Scent has the power to get your attention (consider the cinnamon bun stand at the mall) and affect your actions (ever move in close to your partner when he’s wearing your favorite cologne?). It can also be a great tool to get better sleep. These five olfactory options can help enhance your slumber. Lavender Long thought to contain a calming fragrance, this plant has been used to quell anxiety and agitation for ages. Its scent may slow down the nervous system, which relaxes the body and mind to improve sleep quality. Incorporating the scent into a relaxing massage by using a lavender-infused massage oil may have…