Researchers from Ruhr University in Germany conducted tests on mice and found that the test subjects were calmer. Their brain scans also showed the same.
When you are stressed out about anything in the world, looking at or being in a garden full of flowers just works to relax the brain. You forget all your problems for a while. it is not just for the aesthetics that people prefer to keep gardens. When you are in the midst of greenery as well as pinks, violets, bright reds and many other colorful flowers you are automatically at ease. On the other hand, people who live on concrete high rises do not get such zen feeling at all. Flowers have one of the most soothing effects on the brain. It is for a reason that the art of flower arrangement is also recommended by doctors when you are having a particularly bad day. Gardening is also something that is highly recommended as an activity that keeps your brain calm and helps you relax. If we haven't spoken enough already about the health benefits of flowers, we would like to point out research that talks about the benefits of one particular flower - jasmine. Recent research by the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany points out that jasmine can greatly relieve depression and mental anxiety according to an article in healthyfoodshouse.com. How can the link between the two be scientifically explained? Well, the thing is, researchers have found that there is a direct correlation between stress and oxygen levels.
Plants are an excellent way to increase oxygen levels in the room and improve air quality. There are also beneficial plants that will help you improve mood, and fight anxiety, depression, and prevent panic attacks such as the jasmine. We know that jasmine is a natural herb that has been used in all kinds of medicines for ages. A number of scientifically proven alternative remedies also swear by the medicinal properties of the flower. Scientists from the university have conducted studies on the effects of jasmine on mice.
They found out that the aroma of the jasmine plant and its essential oils significantly calmed the animals. Now mice are some of the most active animals and can go on scouring for food for long stretches. When the mice were exposed to the flower they were found to be calmer. Brain scans of the test animals also showed that that the fragrance of jasmine gave a boost the effects of a chemical called GABA on nerve cells, and thus relieves anxiety and encourages rest.
According to webmd.com GABA is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Low levels of GABA may be linked to mental states such as anxiety or mood disorders, epilepsy, and even chronic pain. The website further said that researchers suspect GABA to boosts mood or have a calming, relaxing effect on the nervous system. Previous researches have shown that high levels of toxins in the air lead to anxiety and stress. Therefore, to drastically improve your mood and relieve stress and anxiety you know what to do now - surround yourself with jasmine.
The findings of this study have been published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. “This can be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy,” said Professor Hanns Hatt from the Ruhr University and the study's author. “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."
Researchers also found that jasmine was much more effective than sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications, and sedatives, as it increased the GABA effect by more than five times. Another good thing is that being a natural remedy there are also hardly any side effects. The article also quoted another study that also looked at at the effects of jasmine. It pointed to research at the Wheeling Jesuit University, Virginia, that highlighted - dispensing jasmine odor into a room where participants were sleeping 'led to greater sleep efficiency and reduced sleep movement'.
Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, assistant professor of psychology, was the main author of the research that showed a greater quality of sleep using jasmine. Participants who breathed jasmine in the air “rated their level of anxiety and vigor lower, and performed cognitive tests more rapidly.” In addition, “the level of alertness in the jasmine odor condition was greater during the afternoon hours, thus helping maintain students" focus on academic work throughout the day the article said. It further added that jasmine essential oil is an effective and natural way to improve sleep, boost happiness, regulate hormones, and treat anxiety and fatigue. It can also be used to improve concentration, soothe spasms, and ease mild depression since it reduces anxiety and nervous tension, boosts mood, improves cognitive performance and alertness, improves sleep quality, balances hormones, treats hot flashes among many other things.