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Best scents for energy

Need a pick-me-up? Skip the java! Instead, use these energy-inducing scents to get a boost.

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Have you ever wondered why so many cleaning products are scented with citrus smells? It’s because just one whiff of orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit or verbena is usually enough to boost your mood and your energy level. These scents help you feel refreshed, happy and ready to take on the world, so use them to help you get a boost when you need it. Start your day off with a citrus-scented body wash or facial scrub — you’ll be ready to leave your bed behind and start your day off right.

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Stuck in that midday slump? A sniff of peppermint is just what you need to tackle the rest of the day. Breathe in a whiff or two of this strong, distinctive scent and you’ll feel awake and energized. Not only does peppermint wake up your body, but it has the same effect on your brain. The scent of peppermint makes you more alert and accurate, helping you to think clearly. Rub some peppermint oil on your wrists or behind your ears when you start to notice you’ve slowed down. No oils on hand? Suck on a peppermint candy and breathe deeply through your nose.

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Peppermint is also used to fight upset stomachs and muscle aches, so it’s the perfect thing to get you going on a day when your whole body would rather stay in bed.


The floral scent of jasmine can make any room smell beautiful, but it does so much more than that. Jasmine revs up your brain, helping you become more alert and improving your thought process. Sip some herbal tea or a satchel of the herb when you need a lift.

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Do you start to feel awake before that morning coffee even touches your lips? You’re not imagining it. Just the smell of coffee is enough to jolt most people awake. Brew a pot — even if you’re not going to drink it — to help you feel more energized. Don’t want to waste a pot? Set a few lit tea lights in a shallow bowl filled with coffee beans. The delicious smell will fill your home and perk you up almost instantly.

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