Wave goodbye to stress and lower your blood pressure â€“ use a fragrance with newly cut grass scent added! Will this be the future?
We have all tried this: there is so much to do during the day and it feels difficult to overcome it all. Many of us react with stress â€“ we get nervous and irritatedÂ and find it difficult to relax. Our blood pressure might even go up.
The correct solution to this has until now been to try to identify what caused the stress and then try to work out changes in lifestyle, so we can live a life with less stress involved. In severe cases we might even have to go and see our medical doctor – and maybe end up on medication.
But â€“ oh, great future â€“ maybe not anymore!
Scientists have created a new stress relieving room spray, based on the smell of cut grass.
The spray is only on the experimental level until now (and still being tested on animals!), but according to the scientists, the spray can be used on bed linen or clothing.
So, what has this to do whit cosmetics? Easy to answer, because the scientists say the spray â€“ when moderated slightly – has a big potential when added to shampoos, fragrances and soaps.
The spray â€“ developed by researchers from Queensland University in Australia â€“ is based on chemicals released when grasses and green leaves are cut.
It should be able to reduce the damage long term stress can have on the body; including the negative effect stress has on the long term memory as well as on the blood pressure.
The positive effect, claims the scientists, of this combination of chemicals is not associative. In other words, it does not relieve stress by reminding individuals of quiet and relaxing summer evenings. Instead, the chemicals work on the brain structure, on the part which is related to anxiety and fear.
The formulation of these chemicals appears to be undetectable by the human nose, meaning that it can be incorporated into products without altering their fragrance.
A company has recently been formed to commercialize the product and to explore the potential use in cosmetics.
This new spray â€“ if it ever reaches the market â€“ raises many questions.
A good question to ask would be: â€œIf I buy a shampoo with these chemicals in it, chemicals that will make me relax and keep my blood pressure down, am I then buying a cosmetic product or am I buying a medicine?â€
One thing is for sure: the procedure when getting a product approved for a market is quite different for cosmetic products compared to medical products.
And, by the way, will we be able to pick it up at the local supermarket or will we need a prescription from our doctor before we can buy it?
Paul Penders have no intentions to go in this direction. Two very obvious reasons speak against doing this. The first reason is the testing on animals, which has never, ever been used by Paul Penders. The second reason is the adding of chemicals to an otherwise completely clean and pure natural organic product.
This might be the future one day â€“ but not for Paul Penders.
Your blog writer will â€“ no matter whether this product ever reaches the market or not â€“ still have to live with his eventual stress, high blood pressure and loss of long term memoryâ€¦
You see, I am allergic to newly cut grass…