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Now, a grass spray that relieves spray!

world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 13:23 IST

Feeling stressed in office? Fret not, just try out a new spray.

Yes, you can now get instant relief just by inhaling the green fresh aroma of a forest, thanks to researchers who have developed a spray which they claim reduces the effect of stress on nervous system, largely by smelling like cut grass.

A team at Queensland University has developed the new 'eau de grass' spray, Serenascent, which smells like cut grass and can make the wearer happier and less stressed.

According to the researchers, the spray is based on scientific proof that when grasses and green leaves are cut at least five chemicals containing stress-relieving properties are released.

Lead researcher Dr Nick Lavidis, who first had the idea for Serenascent on a memorable trip to Yosemite National Park in America more than 20 years ago, said its aroma worked directly on the brain, in particular the emotional and memory parts known as the amygdala and the hippocampus.

"These two areas form the limbic system that controls the sympathetic nervous system. They are responsible for the flight or fight response and the endocrine system, which controls releasing of stress hormones like corticosteroids.

"The new spray appears to regulate these areas. There are two types of stress. The first is when you are about to perform something or you know you are going to have to do something well. That's acute stress and a good form of stress.

"Bad stress is chronic stress and is associated with an increase in blood pressure, forgetfulness and a weakening of the immune system," he said.