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.