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Feeling tired all the time is such a buzzkill, especially when the sluggishness strikes out of nowhere – you know, like a freight train. As it turns out, the answer is not inhaling 10 cups of coffee (oops!). There are much healthier solutions, like taking a whiff of one of these energy-boosting scents, for instance:

1. Lemons

It’s no accident that cleaning supplies are typically citrus-scented. And when you’re tired all the time, lemons can revitalize your senses. They’ve been known to cure chronic fatigue (cha-ching!) and stimulate alertness. They also help calm your nerves and promote concentration.

2. Oranges

Oranges are another citrus fruit that are known for their energizing properties. In the aromatherapy world, they’re also recommended as a mood booster. Use orange peel in your next batch of homemade potpourri and hold onto your hat!

3. Grapefruit

Also in the citrus family, the scent of grapefruit will not only help you combat feeling tired all the time, but diminish stress and depression as well. When having no energy starts feeling a little too familiar, slather on some grapefruit-scented hand lotion so you can get back to your to-do list.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary multitasks as well as we do. It will help you fight physical and mental fatigue, not to mention ward off headaches. You can use it topically to relieve muscle pain, too.

5. Cinnamon

If you’re spending more time staring at your work than actually completing it, cinnamon helps fight mental fatigue and will improve your focus. It’s also a great oil to have on hand when you have a cold, since it boosts your circulation and respiratory system.

6. Peppermint

The strongest scent of the bunch, peppermint will not only wake up your body, but your brain too – it promotes concentration and encourages clear thinking. Either rub peppermint oil on your wrists or behind your ears to help you through the midday slump, or suck on a strong peppermint candy and breathe deeply through your nose. (You’re welcome.)

7. Jasmine

Not only does jasmine smell ahhh-mazing, it’ll rev you up and improve alertness, parting the clouds from your foggy thought process.

8. Eucalyptus

Breathe in this oil and be ready to feel refreshed – it’s known for amping up brain activity and is linked to relieving aches and pains.

9. Coffee

It’s true – just the smell of coffee can jolt you awake, though most of us can’t resist taking it one step further. (When I had no energy, I used to binge on coffee to the point where I’d stop blinking. Not a move I recommend.) To get yourself out of a funk, brew a pot and enjoy the aroma. If you’ll feel guilty wasting it, throw some coffee beans in a shallow bowl and light a few tea light candles – same impact, guilt-free.

 

Which scents do you turn to when you have no energy?

 

Related on Organic Authority:

8 Ways to Enjoy More Evening Energy

How to Get More Energy: 10 Habits That Are Making You Tired

Skip the Energy Drinks: 20 All-Natural Ways to Have More Energy

 

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