Fight Depression with Frankincense?

New research on the psychoactive properties of incense. Surprise, surprise.

An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.

2 Comments

  1. Kris Hughes says:

    Haven’t read the article yet, but I learned in aromatherapy training that Frankincense can work wonders on panic attacks, and have seen it work on a very skeptical sufferer. I learned this 12 years ago…glad science is catching up.

  2. And on the news the other day, they talked about some research projects in field trials to use that ‘horse tranquilizer’ ketamine for treating severe depression.