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Lavender might actually help you relax

In mice, sniffing some linalool is similar to taking Valium.
A field of lavender, with a large tuft of lavender in the foreground.

Lavender Fields

You can almost smell the serenity through the computer screen.

Having a bad day? Light a lavender candle and let all your stress waft away. Immersing yourself in a lavender cloud may actually help reduce anxiety, according to new research published earlier this week.

Scientists at Kagoshima University in Japan looked at what, a fragrant chemical that helps give lavender its distinctive scent. In stressful situations, the mice relaxed, and behaved similarly on linalool as they did on anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax. The were published this week in

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