Incense Activates Brain Functions

An international team of scientists have discovered that the ancient practice of burning frankincense activates nerve circuits and specific areas of the brain. Frankincense is extracted from the resin of the Boswellia tree, and these researchers used an constitute of the resin called incensole acetate in this study. “They found that the compound significantly affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current anxiety and depression drugs.” Now before you rush out and buy a bunch of frankincense incense, consider the sobering news that Boswellia trees are being over-tapped, disrupting their ability to reproduce new trees, and potentially threatening the future production of frankincense.

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