Burning frankincense was always cultural and religious method for centuries back. This is made of resin from Boswellia tree and is made to oils, incense and can heal body and mind too.
Ancient proofs of old testament say this is mystical with powers. A lot of spiritual practices still use it to this day.
- Hopkins University gathered experts from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and examined the effects this has on the mind.
Soothes the mind
For best effects on the mind, experts have used a bit resin from that tree known as acetate incensole and gave this to mice. This showed the incensole acetate on the brain provoked some emotions.
This incense affected brain protein TRPV3. We already know this protein affects sensations of being warm on the skin and has calming effect on the mind.
When someone gets this oil, this is anxyolitic and decreases depression. Also leaves you relaxed and soothed. When the mind is rested, you can enjoy the world easier with no stress.
Mind and soul balance
To have calm and open mind is vital for many healings, so many rituals worldwide use it. even meditation at home uses this oil.
Imagine you meditate with calm mind and heart, clear unneeded things and are present at that moment.
Religions even burn this after the ceremony and help everyone gathered to be calm and balanced.
This makes people relaxed and happy and stress-free.
The Boswellia resin is precious in Middle East and was brought from Sub-Sahara areas in caravans by major exports.
This oil is a gift from gods in ancient Greece and Egypt. Also was used as gift for gods to show gratification to the gods.
Christians and Jews used this oil for worshipping.
Despite ancient information, this was never tested for psycho-activity in the brain, claimed Raphael Mechoulam of the study.
They found that incensole acetate, Boswellia resin item, when tested on mice lessened anxiety an acted like antidepressant. Present day worshippers say burning of this has symbolic value.
Medicine and modern use
This oil regained role as healer in modern society for people having issues with depression and anxiety. National institutes if health say that most people in USA have depression as no.1 for people ages 15-44. This means USA people of 15 million.
3 million struggle with this depression and 40 millions with anxiety. Often, anxiety and depression overlap and you need your balance back for mind and body.
Many methods exist for these issues with drugs, but they are toxic.
Sometimes, antidepressants have bad side effects like:
- More appetite and weight gain
- No orgasm
- Dry mouth
- Blurry vision
Many such drugs are temporary boost while we work on tools and coping mechanisms for improving our life, and we get hooked on them for years.
So many people started to see better options for their health like more self-education, yoga, meditation, nature, walking, sports, and such.
Help the mind
Our smell sense is linked to the limbic system where we use aromatherapies for motivation, calming, emotional balance. For this oil, use diffuser for the spread of aroma for breathing. This is low risk and much safer than drugs.
If you are on psychoactive meds, you need to talk with a doctor before you use this oil.
This oil does more good than bad. Also aids for fever, cough, chest pains, hypertension, and nausea. Also keeps bugs at bay and insects too.
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