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Taking Time to Smell the Roses Really CAN Ease Stress
by Tony Isaacs
(The Best Years in Life) Feeling stressed? Stop and smell the roses. Or perhaps get a good whiff of lavender, lemon, mango, mint, coriander or other fragrant plants.
We've all heard the old adage that we should take breaks and "stop and smell the roses" to relieve stress. Now, scientists in Japan have reported the first scientific evidence that inhaling certain fragrances does indeed alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels.
The study, which appears in the
American Chemical Society`s
Journal of Agricultural and Food
Chemistry, exposed lab rats
to stressful conditions while
inhaling and not inhaling
linalool, which is a fragrance
found naturally in lavender,
mint, coriander, bergamot,
lemon, mango and many other
fragrant plants. After inhaling
linalool, the rats which were
exposed to stressful conditions
had stress-elevated levels of
neutrophils and lymphocytes
return to near normal levels
(both neutrophils and lymphcytes
are key parts of the immune
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The scientists also found that inhaling linalool reduced the activity of more than 100 genes that are normally significantly elevated in stressful situations. The findings could form the basis of new blood tests for identifying fragrances that can soothe stress, the researchers say. While linalool has been one of the most widely used substances to ease tension and emotional stress, until the new study the ways in which linalool affected the body had been an unsolved puzzle to scientists.
Aromatherapists have long
believed in the power of
fragrance to lower stress levels
- and aromatherapy for stress
relief has been popular for
ages, although until the
Japanese study there`s been
little scientific evidence to
support it. Now it appears that
just like the advice our mothers
and grandmothers gave us to "eat
an apple a day to keep the
doctor away", the advice "stop
and smell the roses" from time
to time may be yet another
popular bit of old time wisdom
that rings true.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
American Chemical Society
About the author
Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation and the American Botanical Council. He is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy." Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, Health Secrets, the Cancer Tutor, the Silver Bulletin, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, and several other venues. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella Isaacs forum. He is also the local moderator of the CureZone Cancer Alternatives forum. Tony and his partner Luella Isaacs host The Best Years in Life natural health website where their motto is "It's never too late or too early to begin living longer, healthier and happier lives."
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