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Stay Alert with these Scents!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Feel-Good Scents

There's no magic in peppermint or cinnamon. But for some reason, smelling pleasant fragrances just makes us feel good. And that, in turn, may boost alertness.

If singing along to the Beach Boys isn't keeping you stimulated, bust out some minty mints or a stick of cinnamon gum. Or pick up an air diffuser for your car -- one that plugs into the cigarette lighter and has essential-oil inserts.

Bumping up your get-it-done quotient at work. The scent of peppermint is like a drill sergeant, telling your brain to "Wake up and focus!" New research shows that you pay better attention to dull-but-must-do jobs when this scent is around. So the next time you're mentally sluggish, grab a candy cane, chew a stick of peppermint gum, or inhale the scent of mint-infused oil, and then listen to your brain say, "Can do!"

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