Incense may calm anxiety, depression

June 11, 2008 2:17:09 PM PDT
It's played an important role in spiritual worship for centuries, now incense may calm anxiety and depression. A new study isolated a component of frankincense. Frankincense is an aromatic tree resign often used in religious ceremonies. That component appears to activate particular brain pathways to calm anxiety and depression behavior.

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem say derivatives of frankincense can be valuable to treatment of depression and anxiety.