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Professional chef

"Working over a hot stove all day is a stress in and of itself, but add to that the grueling work hours of a professional chef and you have a melting pot of tension and strain," says Gross. "Aromatherapy is a way to beat the stress before, during and after work. Try lavender to soothe yourself after a stressful workday in the kitchen, or while you're at work try taking a whiff of some of your fresh fruits and herbs, like lemon and chamomile, which will provide a refreshing aroma to clear your head."  (Above: Stephanie Izard at her former restaurant, Scylla) Tribune file photo by Michael Tercha
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