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Life Arts    H4'ed 12/23/15

Frankincense: a Psychoactive Antidepressant

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Burning Frankincense in the form of incense has been a big part of religious and other cultural ceremonies for a millennium.  The resin from the Boswellia tree, also known as Frankincense or olibanum,  is believed to be an aroma that will help your soul reach spiritual exaltation. Frankincense resin is mentioned in many different ancient texts including the Torah and the Bible and is said to have mystical capabilities, a belief that has been carried forward to the spiritual practices of today. Recently a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem studied Frankincense to determine why it has psychoactive effects.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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