Can't Sleep? Try Gardenia
- Gardenia jasminoides (via Wikipedia)
The scent of Gardenia jamsinoides (more commonly known as Common Gardenia or Cape Jasmine) can conk you out as effectively as prescription sleeping pills without all the downsides, according to a new German study. In tests, the fragrant flowers apparently acted on the the exact same neurotransmitter (GABA) that valium does. Here's what that looks like: "In a Plexiglas cage whose air contained a high concentration of the fragrance, the mice ceased all activity and sat quietly in the corner." Kind of intense.