Its Scent Improves Your Well-being
According to Dr Alan Hirsch, a US neurologist and psychiatrist who founded the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, the smell of cucumber has several benefits. Here’s what his studies found.
It could help you overcome claustrophobia.
The next time you’re going to be in a tiny or packed room, a few whiffs of the gourd beforehand could help. The fragrance seems to make spaces seem larger, making three-quarters of his claustrophobic study volunteers feel better about being in a lift. In some hospitals, patients are also given sniffs of cucumber oil to calm them before entering an MRI scanning machine.
It helps you relax.
The fresh, watery fragrance of the green fruit seems to release stress and anxiety, so it might be a good idea to down some cucumber-infused water before a crazy big day!
It fires up arousal!
One of the most unexpected findings was that the scent turns women on. A test on sexual stimulation found that the olfactory combination of liquorice and cucumber improved vaginal blood flow by 13 per cent. In men, the combination that spiked arousal was liquorice and doughnuts!
Next: Alternative uses for the gourd.