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    Old 01-31-2001, 07:09 AM   #1
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    Citrus smells and depression

    Has anyone else heard of this study from Japan? Apparently they exposed 45 chronically depressed hospitalized patients to a strong citrus smell for a short period of time everyday. The result was that 80% of the patients were able to reduce their medication dosage in half within 6 weeks. I found this to be very curious and wondered if anyone else had heard of this and how much validity to give it, or is it internet trash?

     
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    Old 01-31-2001, 07:18 AM   #2
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    Re: Citrus smells and depression

    Haven't heard of this. I suppose there could be som truth to it though. Citrus smells are pleasant. They remind people of summer. The smell is quite refreshing. Cleanliness is associated with citrus smells - just look at how many household and body products have citrus smells.

    I had the BEST lemon poppyseed muffin yesterday. It actually had lemon zest in it. It made me quite happy! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

    (I'm not being totally serious here - I did enjoy the muffin though.)

     
    Old 01-31-2001, 10:32 AM   #3
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    Re: Citrus smells and depression

    Hi.I don't know about this study, but I drink tea with lemon all day, and sometimes water with lemon. I don't think the lemon effects depression at least by drinking it. This does not sound logical, but who knows? it may work for a few people, but I wouldn't put away the antidepressants just yet! Anybody else heard of this study?

     
    Old 01-31-2001, 10:49 AM   #4
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    Re: Citrus smells and depression

    Hi..

    I've never tried aromatherapy, but, some say it really works.. Heres a link I found on alternative therapys, including aromatherapy, that may be of interest?

    <A HREF="http://depression.com/tools/health_library/treatments/alternatives.html" TARGET=_blank>ClickHere</A>

    panzee..

     
    Old 01-31-2001, 11:23 AM   #5
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    Re: Citrus smells and depression

    Wow!

    What an excellent site panzee. Possibly one of the best I've seen.. Thank You!

    I found myself getting very caught up in the section on Cognitive Therapy, as I am a big believer in alternative possibilities such as that, possibly the aroma concept and biofeedback as another. Dr. David Burns, an icon of sorts in Cognitive Therapy, is one of my favorite authors on psychiatric matters.

    I bookmarked it for further review. There is so much there, and almost all very relevant.

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    Old 01-31-2001, 11:35 AM   #6
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    Re: Citrus smells and depression

    panzee:
    Thanks for the site, it's great. Now I think I'll go buy as many citris oil Glade plugins as I can find.
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