We all know that, unfortunately, many people around the world suffer from depression and anxiety, which is really bad! This is very important for you to remember – stress is very very very bad for all of us, and how you cope with stress makes a huge difference in your long-term health. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications – yes, they’re “good” and effective in the short-run. But, the real truth is that they can cause different health problems, including jitteriness, decreased sexual desire, nausea, weight gain, and insomnia. Many people choose natural methods, like yoga, meditation, and tea to treat depression and anxiety.
A recent study, conducted by group of experts at the Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has discovered that Frankincense (an age-old incense), may have some healing abilities when it comes to managing a restless mind. Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Frankincense – Facts You Must Know:
Here’s what you need to know – frankincense is the dried resin of Boswellia trees. It originates from Northeastern Africa, near the Red Sea. This ingredient has been used for millennia to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, protect the kidneys and liver against damage, and relieve pain. This amazing ingredient also has powerful anti-cancer and chemo-preventive properties. Yes, it’s capable of reversing breast cancer brain metastases.
But wait, because there’s a lot more than that – this ingredient has the ability to activate poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. It also contains a chemical compound called incensole acetate that affects a protein in the brain known as TRPV3. This protein affects your body’s ability to perceive warmth on the skin. This may explain its ability to balance emotions and relax the mind.
According to the experts, this ingredient has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight inflammation caused by chronic stress, which is linked to depression and other mood-related conditions.
How to Use Frankincense to Fight Depression?
Can I ask you something – did you know that certain smells instantly improve your mood, and there’s good reason for it too? The answer is yes and this is because scents stimulate your olfactory bulb, which runs from your nose and into your brain. The bulb is then directly connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, the centers in charge of emotions and memories. Your sense of smell is the only sense directly linked to these systems.
According to the experts, the best way to use frankincense would be adding some to your diffuser. But, be very careful and if you take any psychoactive medication or other strong prescription medication, talk to your doctor before using Frankincense.
Note: the resin can help improve fever, hypertension, chest coughs and even nausea. You can even diffuse the oil on your porch to keep mosquitoes and other bugs at bay! More research is currently underway to confirm how the substance works and to find out what other applications it may have in modern medicine.