The Boswellia serrata, more commonly known as Frankincense, is actually a very useful gum resin that can be used for relaxation purposes. Ever since the time of the Old Testament, The Boswellia resin was used for spiritual methods and mystical experiences. The most useful effect and the reason for all the praise is actually the aroma that is being released by the incense.
The John Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem joined together for a study and research on the effects from burning a Boswellia resin. The researchers’ team of international scientists put this study into action to discover how these stone-old method of burning the resin of a Boswellia tree can have such good psychoactive effects.
The research was done on multiple mice by administrating incensole acetate which was used to advance the observation of the effects resulting from a burnt Boswellia resin. From the research it was found that the burning activates a protein TRPV3. This TRPV3 protein affects certain brain parts that are responsible for emotion regulation. The protein has been found only in the brains of mammals and it’s noted that it has a part in regulating how the skins notions warmth.
The really impressive thing is the anti-depressant effect it has on the human mind. The effects is an energetic state of mind and body that leads to complete leisure and inability to actually grasp the actions happening before you, but only to observe what’s around.
Raphael Mechoulam is a co-author of the findings of the team and here’s what she has to say on this subject: “In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Boswellia had not been investigated for psycho activity. We found that incesole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes anti-depressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning”.
The Boswellia resin was used for worshiping Gods and as an oblation with the ancient-Greeks and as manifestation and gratitude from the Gods for the ancient Egyptians. But even to this present day, this resin is used in ceremonies of ancient Judea by Christian sects.
As with many other ancient remedies, the Frankincense has found its way to modern medicine as well. Today it’s mostly used for relaxing and therapeutic effects to aid with depression and anxiety.
Depression is a dominant disability in America especially in the younger-age groups resulting in up to 15 million Americans being affected by it. And anxiety is even worse touching almost 40 million people and is also connected with depression.
In this modern age of technology and medicine, going back to old, traditional and natural remedies is one of the safest ways to preserve our mental and physical well-being.
Frankincense is the best answers so far, being one of the best remedies for many other diseases and conditions that will help you improve your overall health. It can help with fever, nausea, hypertension as well as fighting away mosquitoes or other insects.