Frankincense Proven To Be Psychoactive Antidepressant
The mystical powers of some herbs still make miraculous things to impress humans and be useful for their everyday life. That is the truth. Us, humans, are the most adaptable creatures on Earth, but also, the most dependable.
We literally can’t live with our plants and the benefits they give us. One of the treasures of Nature is certainly the Bosweilla tree. The frankincense burning and the use of this plant, the Bosweilla, is known to humans since the ancient times.
This three is mentioned in the Old Testament and there are clear historical facts that the caravans from the Middle East and Euro-Asia traded with this incense since antique times. The ancient-Greeks and later Romans involved it in their culture and religion, while the caravans brought it from the sub-saharan regions trhourh the Middle East and it played part it the cultural mixture and diversity in this part of the world.
This tree, believe it or not, was used in the ancient Egypt too for the same spiritual practices and it’s mentioned and used in many other modern religions too. Science is also interested in this phenomenon.
To observe the incense’s psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate, the primary constituent of the Boswellia resin, to mice. The team found that the incensole acetate affects areas of the brain that aid in emotion regulation, specifically activating the protein TRPV3, a protein found within mammalian brains that is known to play a role in the skin’s perception of warmth. This effect on the mind has a powerful anti-depressant and anxiolytic effect that can leave one in an almost vulnerable state of relaxation where one can lay their mind to rest and simply perceive.
“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla 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.”
Now, frankincense is not just recognized for its ceremonial role, but as a practical form of therapy in treating bouts of anxiety and depression. As reported by the National Institutes of Health, the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people ages 15-44 is major depressive disorder which affects nearly 15 million Americans. Over 3 million are affected by dysthymic disorder, a less severe form of depression, and over 40 million reportedly suffer from severe anxiety, which is often associated with depression in and of itself. In the seemingly constant struggle for peace of mind, it is important that we are aware of all the natural methods of relaxation that the Earth has bore for us.The frankincense is very useful for nausea, fever, chest coughs, hypretension etc.