The benefits of frankincense to our mental and physical wellbeing are now being recognised by mainstream science; but this beautiful natural substance has a history long preceding our modern-day knowledge:
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
So it is said of the three Magi who attended the infant Jesus. That’s probably the verse that first brought the precious substance frankincense to the attention of most people. Clearly, it was indeed regarded as a treasure if it was brought as a gift to celebrate the birth of the king of kings! But what is it? What are its uses and benefits? This article (full accreditation below) examines frankincense and its role as an aid to mental health it our modern world.
One of the Benefits of Frankincense is as 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. For the first time, these befits of frankincense are being understood in scientific terms.
Frankincense regulates emotions and sense of warmth
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, frankincense 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 and one of the greatest benefits of frankincense known so far.
Ancient texts are now being taken seriously
“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.”
Hope for young Americans with depressive disorders
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, the benefits of 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.
Of course, frankincense presents us with many other benefits, which we will explore in other articles as time progresses.
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