Frequently asked questions

 

How should I use Serenascent?

Spray Serenascent in front of you and walk into the mist or spray Serenascent into the office or in the room you are in (about 4 to 5 sprays per 9 to 12 sq metre room).

 

I can smell Serenascent only for about 10 minutes after spraying in my office. Should I keep on spraying the room every 10 to 15 minutes?

After spraying Serenascent in an average sized room you normally will smell the green fresh scent for about 10 minutes, scientific tests show that the scent however continues to de-stress for more than 7 hours. If you leave the room for a few minutes and then come back into the room you most likely will smell the scent again without respraying. This is because our sense of smell very quickly acclimatises to persistent odours. We know from experiments that Serenascent continues to register an effect on the emotional part of the brain (the limbic system) for up to 7 hours after a short 15 minute exposure to the scent. It should be noted that Serenascent is not a simple air-freshener (although the aroma is fresh and very pleasant) it is an effective aroma in providing a calming and serene atmosphere.

 

There are many so called stress relieving aromas, what makes this aroma so special?

Extensive scientific experiments have been conducted at two leading Australian Universities to assess the effectiveness of Serenascent. Our claims are wholly based on scientific evidence having conducted 8 years of experiments to test how effective Serenascent is in reducing the adverse effects of prolonged stress. Also subsequent testimonial evidence from people that have used Serenascent.

 

Can Serenascent induce asthma or bronchitis?

If you are allergic to grasses or the aroma of different plants you should be cautious with the use of Serenascent. Serenascent does not contain pollens. We have examined the effect of Serenascent on the bronchioles and found that it does not produce bronco-constriction. Also people suffering from asthma have used Serenascent without any bronco-constriction reported. It is important to follow the recommended method of use for Serenascent.

 

Can you get addicted to Serenascent?

Our experimental evidence indicate that Serenascent is not addictive. People that have been using Serenascent for over 6 months have not indicated addiction. People have been exposed to the smell of cut grass when mowing for many years without any problem.

 

Is Serenascent better than going out into the garden or walking through parks and forests?

Serenascent has the same plant derived chemicals as you find in gardens, parks and forests. So my advice is that everyone should spend time gardening, bush walking and hiking through forests to enjoy and get the benefits of natures de-stressing aromas. Serenascent however offers the de-stressing aromas to be present when at work, study or at home when most of us are more likely to be exposed to stress.

 

Is stress always damaging to health?

When exposed to a short period of a threatening situation, we feel stressed. Stress is a healthy and natural response which is designed to prepare us to survive the threatening situation. The brain evaluates all the sensory information coming in and determines if you are in a threatening situation. The brain then activates the autonomic nervous system (resulting in the Flight/Fight response) and the endocrine system (resulting in the release of hormones). Short and infrequent exposure to these nerve transmitters and hormones has many positive effects improving memory and improving performance.

 

Can we get used to stress?

When we are frequently exposed to stress, we begin to except the stress as a normal part of life. It is the brains way of coping with moderate levels of different threatening situations. Some experimental evidence indicates that such moderate stress can be addictive. For example, some academics working under the pressure of having to meet constant deadlines fill uneasy when they go on holidays and thus normally take work related material for the holidays. Similarly workers who have constantly worked in moderately stressful environments often have major health problems when they retire abruptly. One solution to a healthy life after retirement is to not retire abruptly but to gradually ease away from the stressful environment of your work and replace work related tasks with other activities such as gardening, minor home maintenance, planning and going on trips etc.

 

What happens when we are frequently under stress which makes us fill that we can’t cope with?

The brain responds to stress by the release of neurotransmitters from the sympathetic nervous system (flight/fight response) which uses a lot of your energy stores. Soon after that the endocrine system is activated by the brain to stimulate the release of stored energy like carbohydrates and fat. If the stress continues eventually the body becomes exhausted. The stress hormones begin to damage different areas of the brain involved with memory (hippocampus) and reasoning (pre-frontal cortex). Other areas become more active resulting in fear and anxiety (amygdala). Also constant stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system increases its activity which leads to increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, indigestion, loss of sex drive, decreased ability to fight infections or cancers, and a general feeling of exhaustion.

 

How can we control or reduce our stress levels?

Stress in our lives is unavoidable. The answer is to control it by different means. Some control methods involve effort and time (meditation, physical exercise, social interaction and gardening) thus affecting our ability to work. Other methods involve non effort or time requirement methods to alter the brains response to stress (use of prescription medication or the use of natural aromatherapy). Most prescription medications act by inhibiting communication between nerve cells reducing the stress signals but also reduce other signals thus decreasing brain performance (this is why some medications used to reduce anxiety, stress and depression advise not to drive when taking them). Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years to affect our stress and anxiety levels (for example, lavender oil massage, tea-tree oil massage and orange aroma). We have experimentally tested many of these aromatherapy products and found that most work when administered via massage. Others however work via purely aromatherapy (smell affecting different parts of the brain). Orange aroma has been shown to reduce anxiety by affecting the amygdala. Green leaf aromas affect parts of the emotional part of the brain (limbic system) thus reducing the effects of stress on the sympathetic nervous system (reducing the prolonged activation of the flight/fight response). Serenascent is a special blend of the stress relieving green plant chemicals.

 

Why did it take 7 years of research to develop Serenascent?

Proper scientific testing of any new product requires a careful and well controlled examination of the effect of that product on different systems. The gathering of such evidence takes many years and occurs in stages with each stage involving a modification. Some modifications decrease while others increase the effectiveness of the product. To develop Serenascent required many modifications.