It has been found out that the pleasant fragrance of jasmine has the potential to replace the medication for sleep, anxiety, and depression.
It goes without saying that spending time outdoors and being close to nature is healthy and boosts one's immunity. The onset of a pandemic does complicate matters however and we are now finding ways to bring nature indoors. The smell and sight of fresh greenery can do wonders for the body and soul and it's difficult to be stressful in such an environment. The best thing for people living in urban communities is to bring potted plants into their homes, considering that having an outdoor yard or garden might not be possible for many families.
Plants like #Jasmine and #Gardenia, release relaxing #aromas that reduce anxiety, relieve stress and help you get a more restful night’s #sleep.— Nadeem Mirbahar (@nadeemmirbahar) July 28, 2020
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There are a whole host of plants that have been scientifically proven to improve air quality and alleviate various mental health concerns. The exotic jasmine plant, famed for its aromatic fragrance is one of the plants that researchers now claim to help deal with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. The Telegraph reports that researchers have compiled a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry which gives us plenty of reasons to consider investing our time and effort into jasmine plants. There are several benefits to having them around and that goes far beyond the sweet and relaxing scent that it gives out.
We know that there is a direct correlation between stress and oxygen levels and this is more relevant now than ever due to all the pollution in the modern world. The study found that breathing in air that's soaked with the scent of jasmine can positively impact one's mental health and improve your mood. The research was led by Professor Hanns Hatt from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany who stated that the study "can be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy." The team involved found that the fragrance of jasmine could potentially work as a better and natural alternative to medication. The scientists observed mice who they exposed to the aroma of a jasmine plant, as well as jasmine essential oil. They found that the mice appeared much calmer and ceased most activity and did not get agitated.
I’m going to get a jasmine plant to reduce my anxiety and quit weed for good 🤓 pic.twitter.com/IjgtXeyDul— Azealia Banks for Congress KY04 🐳 (@moverdosem) April 11, 2019
After conducting several brain scans on the rodent test subjects, the researchers found that the fragrance of jasmine augments the effects of a chemical known as GABA on the organism's nerve cells. The chemical reaction which follows is what helps relieve anxiety and stirs up the need to be still and rest. Prof. Hatt explains: "We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parentally and through the respiratory air. Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement, and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable.”
Intoxicating fragrance: Jasmine as valium substitute? http://ow.ly/2eP6h— Marsha Lucas, PhD - Psychologist (@DrMarsha) July 26, 2010
According to Kaliana.com: "Research at Wheeling Jesuit University by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, assistant professor of psychology, shows dispensing jasmine odor into a room where participants were sleeping led to greater sleep efficiency and reduced sleep movement." This goes on to further reinforce the notion that a jasmine plant or its essential oil will give you a natural remedy to counter stress and introduce serenity in your life. This means that even if you don't sleep longer, the quality of your rest will be much better.