To in­crease alert­ness: Breathe in the scent of lime

First For Women - - Health -

The dis­tinct aroma of lime stim­u­lates the brain’s frontal lobes to pro­duce en­er­giz­ing beta waves— an ef­fect that in­creases men­tal stamina for up to one hour, say sci­en­tists at the Smell & Taste Treat­ment and Re­search Foun­da­tion in Chicago. For on-the-go con­ve­nience, tuck a bot­tle of lime es­sen­tial oil, like Na­ture’s Alchemy Lime Es­sen­tial Oil ($5 for 15 ml, Vi­ta­m­ in your purse. When you need a brain boost, roll the vial in your palms for 30 sec­onds (heat in­ten­si­fies the aroma), open and in­hale deeply sev­eral times.

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