Spring Into Action

Shake off the winter doldrums with aromatherapy—essential oils of lemon, lime, and orange invigorate and revitalize the senses. Smelling citrus stimulates specific parts of the brain and directly affects the central nervous system to produce a general feeling of well-being, say Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, authors of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (Crossing Press, 2008). Here are three of our favorite ways to work aromatherapy into a beauty routine and put an extra spring in your step this April.

Tired in the morning? Try a grapefruit-mint energizing shower gel from WoodSprite Organic Body ($14, 8.5 oz; woodspritesoap.com).
Sluggish before your workout? Rub on Lemon Body Oil by Dr. Hauschka?($21.50, 3.4 oz; drhauschka.com).
Need a midday pick-me-up? Use Lime, Ginger, and Orange High Spirits Roll-On ($19, 0.3oz; saffronrouge.com).