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Patti Wigington

Scientists Figure Out Incense is Good for You

By May 21, 2008

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Many of us use incense as part of sacred ceremonies. The smoke can carry our prayers to the gods, help us relax or meditate, or help create the atmosphere of a world between the worlds. Now scientists are catching on, and figuring out that there might be some physiological benefit to this whole incense burning thing.

A recent study by biologists from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem concludes that the brain responds to burning frankincense, and that the results appear to be of an anti-depressant nature. Gerald Weissman, MD, says, "This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion—burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”

Wait a minute... if the scientists figure out that incense has medical benefits, what happens to all the big pharmaceutical companies?
May 22, 2008 at 1:43 am
(1) Ross says:

Ha! It’s about time people start catching on! :)

May 22, 2008 at 11:37 am
(2) Angela Gamblin says:

That’s great news. But PLEASE let’s don’t give the medical establishment or the BIG pharmacuticals any ideas, otherwise all of our lovely incense will be taken off the shelves and we’ll only be able to get it if we are “properly insured” hahaha

May 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(3) Ash says:

lol, angela. Now that would truely suck. We’d have to start buying and dealing the stuff on the low down illegally.

May 23, 2008 at 10:42 am
(4) Barbara says:

Uh oh… they are on to us!

May 30, 2008 at 9:00 am
(5) MomWolf says:

*will quit her job and become an incense dealer….you’ll see me standing on the corners with a HUGE coat on smuggling the goods*

May 30, 2008 at 9:24 am
(6) mrkewlohio says:

Interesting concept….moonshine incense. Would have to go deep into the woods to make it….wait a minute…I already AM. hmmmmmm…

May 30, 2008 at 9:30 am
(7) Saraya Summerton says:

Note to self: Stock up on all your favorite incense blends before the feds start regulating it and add it to the controlled substances drug schedules.

May 30, 2008 at 11:01 am
(8) Anjelica says:

LOL! Love the “moonshine incense” and the “smuggling the goods”! I agree, we should stock up, and quick. If incense is for hippies, then only hippies will have incense.

May 30, 2008 at 11:39 am
(9) AngelGrowl says:

The FDA is in fact trying to regulate all of these things of which you speak. It’s humorous to imagine regulations on incense, but the herbs you buy in stores that are *Results are not FDA proven (or whatever it says) may soon be FDA regulated. The FDA wants to destroy the innate understanding and link between our bodies and nature, and the understanding that herbs should be help, and are natural. The FDA wants to make all the herbs “prove” themselves or they will be a) pulled from the shelves b) contain additives and adulterants.

May 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm
(10) Persephone says:

Better buy a few more pounds of frankincense before they pull it off the market. Does anybody know if freezing it will make it keep longer? Myrrh will probably be next. Better add that to the list.

May 31, 2008 at 8:41 pm
(11) Delia says:

Today the insence, tomorrow, what? the cauldron? Honestly, all joking aside, Big Brother already regulates much of our lives. What is this country coming to?

June 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm
(12) Desireé says:

Incense is wonderful; I’m glad there is scientific evidence to prove it ^^ But I sincerely hope they don’t start regulating it.. That would be awful. But always remember to get the most natural incense; burning harmful chemicals is definitely not good for us!

June 6, 2008 at 2:04 am
(13) liane says:

Hmmm….if the Feds start regulating incense, I guess you can come up North and buy from Canada! It’ll be a whole new industry for us!

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