Have you ever had “one of those mornings” — where everything seemed to go wrong? For example, maybe you overslept, ran late getting out of the house, didn’t have time for breakfast, and then got stuck in traffic for an hour. Or maybe a different “terrible morning” came to your mind just now.
Whatever your version may be, though… we’ve all experienced that kind of morning.
And it can easily put you in a bad mood for hours afterward. However, thanks to some fascinating new research, there’s a quick and easy way to get your day back on track.
And it doesn’t involve exercise, meditation, comfort food, or a punching bag. It’s incredibly simple:
Orange or lemon peels!
I know it sounds strange, but let me explain…
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered there’s a tremendous stress-relieving compound buried inside a citrus peel called D-limonene.
And don’t worry: You don’t have to eat the peel. You just have to smell it!
You see, when you smell an orange peel, the D-limonene you inhale increases your brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels — which helps you feel calmer and more relaxed.
According to Barbara Thomley, lead coordinator for the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic:
“From what we’ve seen with our patients, even a quick smell can make a major difference… lessened anxiety always seems to emerge as a benefit.”
So, next time you’re having a rough day, sniff an orange. I’m not kidding. That citrusy smell will “take the edge off” and put you in a better mood. 🙂
Looking out for you,
P.S. Try it now! If you have access to an orange or lemon, smell that peel, and it’ll lift your mood. Works like a charm. Surprised the heck out of me the first time I tried it.
P.P.S. After you experience this trick, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that many soothing potpourri blends include orange or lemon peels.
P.P.P.S. If you did try this trick, comment below and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any other interesting ways of dealing with stress… don’t hesitate to share!
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