For centuries, the burning of Boswellia tree resin has been used by religious services. It is said that the aroma of Boswellia, ie incense , contributes to a better spiritual exaltation. He appears many times in ancient texts.
Biologists have discovered that it is also good for our brains. In a study published last year in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, an international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how to burn fat. Incense activates ion channels that are poorly understood in the brain and dispels anxiety or depression.
This suggests that an entirely new class of antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs might be there, right under our noses.
“Despite the information found in ancient texts, Bosweilla’s constituents had never been studied for their psychoactive effects,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the co-authors of the study.
“We found that when we test incense acetate, a constituent of Boswellia resin, on mice it lowers their anxiety and has the same effect on their behavior as antidepressants. Apparently, nowadays the majority of believers think that burning Bosweilla resin has only a symbolic meaning. “
To determine its psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incense acetate to the mice. They discovered that the compound significantly affected certain areas of the brain known for their role in mood as well as the nervous circuits that are affected by anxiolytics and antidepressants.
The acetate present in it specifically activates a protein called TRPV3, which is present in the mammalian brain and is also known to play a role in the perception of heat through the skin. When the mice lacking this protein were exposed to the incense acetate, the compound had no effect on their brain.
It could be one of the most powerful natural antidepressants that can be found.
“Studying how these psychoactive drugs work has helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incense acetate, extracted from Bosweilla resin and then purified, acts on specific brain targets should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for centuries-old spiritual practices that have persisted over years, distances, cultures, languages and religions – burning incense makes you feel like you’re hot and causes tingling all over your body! “.
According to the National Institutes of Health, depressive disorders are the leading cause of work stoppages in the United States for people aged 15 to 44, affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults. A less severe form of depression, dysthymia, affects approximately 3.3 million American adults. 40 million people suffer from anxiety, which is often associated with depression. It turns out that incense can play an important role in relieving the depression of millions of people.
Of course, do not stop any current medical treatment without seeking the advice of a health professional. Burning it a little bit would certainly not hurt, but if you feel that your depression is out of control, please consult a doctor.
Warning: Burning incense could be dangerous for your health.
Indeed, the vapors contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), carcinogenic chemical compounds. Taiwanese researchers studied the air of a poorly ventilated Buddhist temple and compared it to that of a smoker’s house. Results: The rate of a compound known to cause lung cancer in smokers (benzopyrene) was 45 times higher in the temple. Considering all PAHs, incense would cause 19 times more pollution inside the temple and even slightly higher than that recorded at a busy intersection.
Scientists have also evaluated suspended particles, a source of pollution generally resulting from transport, incineration, industrial and domestic heating. Again, the air of the temple was three times more polluted than that generated by heavy traffic and 11 times more polluted than outside the temple. Between spirituality and health, will the faithful have to choose? Should we sulk Buddha?
Benzene is a carcinogenic hydrocarbon. He is involved in:
Leukemias and lymphomas (cancers of the immune system cells), two types of cancer that progress, both in adults and in children. To reduce the population’s exposure to this highly hazardous petroleum derivative, the allowable levels of benzene gasoline have been reduced from 5% to 1%. The Higher Council of Public Health of France (CSHPF) recommends limiting the concentration of benzene to 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air maximum (2μg / m3). But incense sticks can emit up to 221μg / m3, 110 times more than the maximum threshold. It’s catastrophic
So ?? you can not burn incense at home ????
New: Plants to burn!
To perfume your home, there is a solution: the sticks of plants to burn made by Ciel d’Azur. Even if they have the same utility as incense, they differ from incense by their very manufacture:
Indeed, while most producers simply plunge odorless sticks imported from Asia into perfumes of more or less good quality, Ciel d’Azur in order to reconnect with the excellence of the natural quality of the past harvest, crush and mixes raw materials and shapes sticks of incense without glue and other harmful products.
This is why Ciel d’Azur preferred the name “Plantes à Brûler” to that of “incense” whose connotation is now too vague, and especially using as before natural raw materials such as juniper Thurifer, Cedar, Eucalyptus, Oliban Myrrh, etc ….