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Can certain fragrances make me feel more relaxed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some fragrances can help you feel more relaxed. For example, lavender aromatherapy is a popular complementary treatment for mental relaxation. In one study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers studied 30 healthy men who inhaled essence of lavender for 30 minutes and concluded that the fragrance reduced blood levels of cortisol, a so-called stress hormone.

If you are tempted to purchase a scented skin care product, however, be aware that fragrances added to products are the most common cause of skin reactions, such as redness, itching, and blotchiness.

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