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Aromatherapy Wins Its Battle For Legitimacy

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All you holistic healers and aromatherapists out there who’ve endured nay-saying and other derision—today, vindication is yours. A new Japanese study has proven that fragrant oils really do decrease stress levels, reports Cosmetics Business. Researchers from the University of Tokyo found that linalool, a chemical compound found in teas, oranges, tomatoes, and basil, decreased stress by returning elevated levels of neutrophils and lymphocytes, key parts of the immune system, to near-normal levels. For anyone who has ever taken a deep sniff of a handful of lavender and felt themselves levitate ever so slightly, these findings will not come as too much of a surprise. For the doubters among you, sorry to disappoint.

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