Lemon Beats the Blues
Nick Ferrari for Reader's Digest
A whiff of citrus could boost your mood. In a Japanese study, researchers exposed 12 patients diagnosed with depression to a fragrant blend of citrus—consisting mostly of lemon oil—by circulating it in a room where they spent most of their time. The aroma regulated hormone levels, boosted immune function, and markedly lowered the dosages of antidepressants the patients needed. For a natural pick-me-up, dab lemon balm on the inside of your wrist. Here are more ways to treat depression naturally.