Saturday, May 31, 2008
No wonder hippies are so happy: Scientific backing on incense burning goodness...
"Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. In a new study appearing online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org/), 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."
Being the amateur researcher, I also can personally recommend the smell of freshly-baked macaroons and a strong cup of just-brewed coffee if burnin' josticks ain't your cup o' tea.