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Lavender’s Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine

Trilobites In mice, researchers found that some components of lavender odor had effects on anxiety similar to taking Valium. ImageA lavender field in Valensole, France.CreditCreditEric Gaillard/Reuters Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills …

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Nine Hotel Openings to Look Out for in the Coming Year

From San Francisco to Bhutan, hoteliers are opening new properties that offer everything from on-site fashion shows to wellness spas to a prayer pavilion. ImageThe Punakha lodge is one of five properties that Six Senses will open in Bhutan in November.CreditCreditSix Senses Richard Branson comes to San Francisco, Rosewood raises …

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A Cart to Serve Steamy French Chocolate

Front Burner For autumn, La Maison du Chocolat will sell its hot chocolate from a roving cart. ImageCreditCreditLouise Palmberg for The New York Times La Maison du Chocolat, the Parisian confectioner, is setting up a hot-chocolate cart that will alternate its location in front of its Upper East Side shop …

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For Holiday Guests, a Comfy Bedroom on a Budget

Create a welcoming guest room with Wirecutter’s budget-friendly picks for bedding, bath towels, air and foam mattresses, and more. ImageCreditCreditSarah MacReading/Wirecutter Whether you’re having family over for the holidays or helping friends with a budget-friendly vacation, hosting loved ones in your home can be a rewarding experience when you do …

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Dessert, in the Form of an Avocado

Front Burner The new frozen treats at Polosud mimic the look of an avocado, but with eye-opening flavors. ImageGiacomo d’Alessandro with some of his frozen avocado creations.CreditCreditMoya McAllister for The New York Times We’ve seen the frozen scooped-out half lemon filled with lemon ices. Giacomo d’Alessandro, an owner of Polosud, …

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