10.12.2009

Stop and Smell the Flowers to Reduce Stress

Wellness professionals have long been using the soothing scents of flowers and lavender to relax their clients, but now research is proving how the natural scents reduce stress.

According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, in a study with rats, inhaling certain fragrances can alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels. The researchers hypothesize that the same could be true for humans.

For more details on the study, click here.

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