My next door neighbor, Kendra, grows lavender. Her mother grows it on a bigger scale lavender farm in Oregon. At the moment I’m imagining the wonderful scents of a field on a foggy morning. Lavender is a natural stress and cold cure. Anxiety wreaks havoc on our immune system by lowering levels of the white blood cells that fend off invading cold, flue and other viruses. Luckily, the fix is as easy as taking a whiff of lavender. In a new study, two key types of illness -fighting white blood cells returned to near normal levels in stressed animals who inhaled R-linalool, the natural compound that gives lavender its sweet aroma, reports the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. This same effect holds true for humans. Turns out, R-linalool balances an overwhelmed mind and body by calming more than 100 genes that have gone into stress related overdrive! Other plants that contain R-linalool are jasmine, laurel, sweet basil, and lemon balm.