Croatian Women Let You in on the Secret to Staying Calm

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Croatian brides maintain a calm, stress-free demeanor with a little help from the country's national crop—lavender. Most Croats carry around a sachet of this intoxicating purple-blue flower harvested on the island Hvar in the Adriatic Sea. Dried lavender flowers multitask as an on-the-go perfume, pick-me-up, calm-me-down and first-aid kit (locals use it to treat everything from sunburn to insomnia and insect bites). For a more decadent, special occasion treat, lavender oil is used for relaxing baths, restoring massages and rejuvenating facials. “Lavender oil can lead to unwanted reactions," cautions Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC. She suggests avoiding applying it to the face before a big event.


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