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7 Stress Busters: Soothing Foods and Calming Scents (Page 5)

Cut Into a Coconut

Cut Into a Coconut

When you’re stressed, the scent of coconut may blunt your natural “fight or flight” response, slowing your heart rate. People who breathed in coconut fragrance in a small pilot study at Columbia University saw their blood pressure recover more quickly after a challenging task. The researchers speculate that inhaling a pleasant scent enhances alertness while soothing our response to stress.

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