The Gist: Maria Konnikova on aromatherapy and Dahlia Lithwick on Obamacare at the Supreme Court.

Something Doesn't Smell Right About Aromatherapy 

Something Doesn't Smell Right About Aromatherapy 

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 2 2015 7:38 PM

Smell The Roses  

Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth about aromatherapy. Is that a whiff of bulls--t?

The Gist has moved! Find new episodes here.

Can the right essential oils help relieve stress?

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Eneas De Troya/Flickr

Listen to Episode 205 of Slate’s The Gist:


The Affordable Care Act faces another Supreme Court challenge this week in King v. Burwell. Today on The Gist, Slate's legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick discusses whether the suit’s plaintiffs have the legal standing to sue. (Her recent Amicus podcast includes conversations with key figures in the case.) Plus, can aromatherapy help with stress or memory? Mike asks Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker to sniff out the clues. For the Spiel, Bibi's boo-boo.


We end today's show with our latest song premiere from They Might Be Giants’ epic Dial-a-Song project. It’s called “I Can Help the Next in Line.”

Today’s sponsors: Sign up for a no-risk trial and get a $110 bonus offer, when you visit and enter promo code TheGist. Also, Get a free trial and 10 percent off your first purchase when you visit and enter offer code GIST.

Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook.

Twitter: @slategist

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.