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Are Lemons Nature's Form of Xanax?

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We knew there was a scientific reason we love to linger outside The Body Shop. (Don’t judge.)

Turns out, sniffing citrus—whether it’s in the form of an actual lemon or your vat of Satsuma body polish—is a major stress reducer, according to science.

When participants in a recent study spent as little as ten minutes inhaling yuzu (the super-tart and citrusy Japanese fruit), they saw a significant decrease in their overall mood disturbance, a global measure that looks at tension, anxiety, depression, confusion, fatigue and anger. Whoa.

So eat a grapefruit, light a citrusy candle or spend a few minutes mixing up a batch of blender lemonade. Just be sure to inhale…annnnnd…exhale while you do it.

Or you could just cruise through the mall. Whatever works.

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This article originally appeared on PureWow.


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