Scientists in Japan are reporting the first scientific evidence that experiencing certain fragrances can alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that reduce stress levels. Their study appears in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
For centuries, people have used lemon, lavender and vanilla, just to name a few, to help reduce stress, fight inflammation and depression - and even induce sleep. But now for the first time, Linalool, a natural chemical found in flowers and spices, has been shown in this research to positively effect our body.
I'm a big lemon and lavender fan.
What about you?
Nakamura, A., Fujiwara, S., Matsumoto, I., & Abe, K. (2009). Stress Repression in by Linalool Inhalation and Gene Expression Profiling of Their Whole Blood Cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57 (12), 5480-5485 DOI: 10.1021/jf900420g