Mind & Body

Stop & Smell The Traffic

If your morning commute has you nodding off at the wheel, snap to it with simple aromatherapy.

Stop & Smell The Traffic
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If your morning commute has you nodding off at the wheel, snap to it with simple aromatherapy. Filling your car with the rejuvenating scents of peppermint and cinnamon can lessen fatigue, according to a recent study from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. "Peppermint stimulates the area of the brain responsible for alertness," says lead researcher Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D. "And cinnamon increases blood flow to the muscles and brain; with increased blood flow comes increased arousal and attention."

Aromatherapist Kal Kotecha suggests four additional scents to rev up your drive time. Just add a few drops of each essential oil to an in-auto diffuser like AromaLand's Aromatherapy Car Scenter ($14.50; aromaland.com), which plugs into your car's cigarette lighter.



 
DRIVE-TIME TROUBLE SCENT SOLUTION
Lack of focus, spaciness Rosemary
Anxiety, fear Orange
Motion sickness Rose
Stress, road rage Jasmine