Everyone gets a little stressed once in awhile, but it’s how you cope with that stress that makes a difference in your long-term health. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication may work short-term, but they can cause a wide variety of health problems, including jitteriness, decreased sexual desire, nausea, weight gain, and insomnia (1).
It’s no wonder that people are increasingly attracted towards natural solutions like yoga, meditation, and tea. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Frankincense, an age-old incense, may have some healing abilities when it comes to managing a restless mind.
Frankincense is the dried resin of Boswellia trees. It originates from Northeastern Africa, near the Red Sea.
As far as its medicinal use goes, it has been used for millennia to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, protect the kidneys and liver against damage, and relieve pain. It even has anti-cancer and chemopreventive properties capable of reversing breast cancer brain metastases (2).
But that’s not all, Frankincense has the ability to activate poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression (3).
It 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.
Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory properties can help counter inflammation caused by chronic stress, which is linked to depression and other mood-related conditions.
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