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Cutting Grass Can Make You Happy - Really

Wednesday, March 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: University of Queensland Press Release
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Austrailan Scientists Isolate "Feel Good" Chemicals in Landscape Plants

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - Do you love the smell of a newly mown lawn in the summer? Ever wanted to bottle the green fresh aroma of a forest? University of Queesnland, Australia researcher Dr. Nick Lavidis has done just that with a new "eau de grass" spray recently launched on the market.

Serenascent, which smells like cut grass and claims to make the wearer happier and less stressed was launched this month by the Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development, Andrew Fraser.

Mr. Fraser congratulated researchers Dr. Lavidis from The University of Queensland's School of Biomedical Science and retired pharmacologist Associate Professor Rosemarie Einstein for their seven-year research project.

"Dr. Lavidis and Associate Professor Einstein have developed a spray based on scientific proof that when grasses and green leaves are cut at least five chemicals containing stress-relieving properties are released,” he said.

"The new Serenascent combines three of these chemicals to help reduce the harmful impact of stress on the nervous system.

"Prolonged stress can lead to a number of serious conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems, memory loss, anxiety, depression and the suppression of the body's ability to fight infections.”

Dr. Lavidis said he first had the idea for Serenascent on a memorable trip to Yosemite National Park in the Untied States more than 20 years ago.

"Three days in the park felt like a three-month holiday,” he said.

"I didn't realise at the time that it was the actual combination of feel good chemicals released by the pine trees, the lush vegetation and the cut grass that made me feel so relaxed.

"Years later my neighbour commented on the wonderful smell of cut grass after I had mowed the lawn and it all started to click into place."

Dr. Lavidis said that the aroma of Serenascent worked directly on the brain, in particular the emotional and memory parts known as the amygdala and the hippocampus... (click here to read more)

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