UPDATED June 2nd, 2018
It is believed that people began burning incense in ancient Egypt — possibly even earlier. Incense in many different uses ranging from mystical to practical. It makes us think of hippies, Buddhist monks, the Bible, yoga and probably your college dorm room (for a variety of reasons). You may remember the to-do over Giuliana Rancic’s Zendaya patchouli comment.
Aroma is profoundly evocative and just a whiff can trigger vivid memories or completely change your mindset. In fact, a 2008 study found that burning frankincense may have real antidepressant effects. Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal adds: “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!
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