Can herbs really make you happier or is that a porky pie?

Jackie French
June 23 2024 - 5:30am

According to a recent study published in New Scientist, spraying a pen full of pigs with lavender oil made the pigs less aggressive and appear calmer, suggesting that there is a biochemical reaction to something in the lavender oil. If you buy a lavender sachet to put into your pillow to help relax, you might feel calmer simply through association. The placebo effect (probably) doesn't work with pigs.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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