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A Whiff Of Scent Is No Cure For What Ails You

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By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer

Here’s some unsettling news for anyone who ever sniffed a scented candle, essential oil or pricey pillow spray, hoping for healing or another kind of physical boost.

It doesn’t work.

At least that’s the verdict on two of the heavy hitters in the world of aromatherapy: lemon and lavender. Researchers at Ohio State University conducted what they say is the most scientifically rigorous test of physical changes caused by smelling the popular scents — and came up with nothing.

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