Frankincense Has Been A Proven To Be A Psychoactive Antidepressant

Frankincense Has Been A Proven To Be A Psychoactive Antidepressant

For centuries, burning the resin of Boswellia tree has been a component in religious services. It’s said the aroma of Boswellia, otherwise called frankincense, contributes to greater spiritual exaltation. It comes up numerous times in ancient texts.

A team of scientists from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Johns Hopkins University examined claims that frankincense has mysterious impacts on the human mind.

Researchers administered incensole acetate, which is the primary constituent to Boswellia resin, to mice. The team found that incensole acetate impacts the part of the brain that deals with regulating your emotions.

Specifically, it activates the TRPV3 protein that’s found within mammalian brains and is known to play a role in the perception of warmth.

The effect, altogether, is a soothing, anti-depressant type psychoactive one. It may be one of the most powerful, all natural anti-depressants you can find.

“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Boswellia had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, co-author of the findings. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”

The leading cause of disability in young Americans is major depressive disorder, impacting some 15 million Americans. 40 million suffer from anxiety, which is often associated with depression. It turns out, frankincense can play an important role in unwinding and soothing the depression of millions of people.

Of course, don’t give up any medicinal treatments you may be on. Burning a little frankincense definitely couldn’t hurt, but if you feel like your depression is out of control, please, see a physician.

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