This scent cuts stress by 70%

First For Women - - Health -

The aroma of laven­der can buf­fer the body’s re­sponse to tough sit­u­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to a study of stressed hos­pi­tal pa­tients. When they breathed in the scent for 20 min­utes, blood sam­ples re­vealed a 70 per­cent re­duc­tion in lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, plus an 11 per­cent re­duc­tion in anx­i­ety scores, com­pared with those who didn’t in­hale the scent. The re­searchers ex­plain that laven­der has mus­cle­re­lax­ing and mood-lift­ing prop­er­ties that min­i­mize cor­ti­sol pro­duc­tion when in­haled. To get the ben­e­fits, try adding a few drops of laven­der oil (like Moun­tain Rose Herbs Laven­der Es­sen­tial Oil, $13 for 15 ml, Moun­tainRoseHerbs.com) to a bath or shower daily.

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