Why Lemons Are Better Than Xanax

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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