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Intoxicating Fragrance: Jasmine as Valium Substitute

(Science Daily) Instead of a sleeping pill or a mood enhancer, a nose full of jasmine from Gardenia jasminoides could also help…

[Researchers] have discovered that the two fragrances Vertacetal-coeur (VC) and the chemical variation (PI24513) have the same molecular mechanism of action and are as strong as the commonly prescribed barbiturates or propofol. They soothe, relieve anxiety and promote sleep.

Injected or inhaled, the fragrances generated a calming effect: in a Plexiglas cage whose air contained a high concentration of the fragrance, the mice ceased all activity and sat quietly in the corner. Via the air breathed in, the scent molecules go from the lungs into the blood and then transmitted from there to the brain.

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