While yoga, relaxing music and calming foods may relieve stress, certain scents can also help you unwind and soothe your nerves.
We already know that citrus fruits contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits – aid weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer.
Apart from this, Citrus fruit also has powerful effects on our mental health. Citrus fruits are not only good for your skin and health, but also great mood lifters.
Curious about what citrus scents can do for you?
Inhaling lemon zest can help to soothe stress, grapefruit smell is known to curb depression and enhance memory, and smelling oranges including the rind can make you feel more energetic.
Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits aren’t just delicious and nutritious—the smell of the fruits can boost your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy. They also reduce levels of the stress hormone nor-epinephrine, so you’ll wake up but still feel calm. Lemon might be the most powerful of the citrus smells—it’s been shown that smelling it can increase mental stimulation. Since these scents come from everyday foods, you could try eating a grapefruit each morning or squeezing some lemon or orange juice into a smoothie.
A Japanese study showed that smelling citrus for 10 minutes helped to boost participants’ moods for up to 30 minutes. Yuzu, the East Asian citrus fruit used in the study, looks like yellow tangerine, and has a taste and scent similar to that of a grapefruit mixed with orange. Inhalation of the aromatic yuzu oil significantly decreased total mood disturbance, alleviate negative emotional stress.
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