Can lemons help reduce stress? Scientists say yes.
These days, stress levels are at an all-time high. Yes, the novel coronavirus can be attributed to feeling completely frazzled, but the majority of us face stress on a daily basis.
FFor centuries, societies have turned to holistic approaches in dealing with stress, and today is no different. Technologies have emerged that give us access to a multitude of stress-reducing apps, treatments, and products at our fingertips, but for some people, tried-and-true methods still reign supreme.
One of those trustworthy, yet under-the-radar methods, is the use of yuzu for reducing and relieving stress. This vitamin-rich citrus fruit, which is similar to a tangerine, possesses high levels of antioxidants and is also anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory. But when it comes to creating a relaxed state, the yellow oil that’s extracted from the fruit has an appealing aroma that is commonly used in aromatherapy. Studies support the soothing effects of the citrus fruit, too.
A Japanese study analyzed the effects of subjects who sniffed the fruit for 10 minutes and immediately saw an improvement in overall mood and a decrease in anxiety, anger, depression, fatigue, and confusion.
If sniffing a sometimes hard-to-source Japanese fruit isn’t your thing, you can always try Hush & Hush’s MindYourMind, a melatonin-free nighttime supplement that relies on proven botanicals to calm your mind, body, and soul.