Gatot Soedarto
3 min readApr 6, 2020

How do you feel when you smell the frankincense’s smoke?

First, you will feel the sensation of mystical aromas, and secondly there is something you might not realize, which is that you will feel better than before. And what actually happens is that the respiratory tract in your body is being cleansed by the smell of the frankincense’s smoke …The respiratory tract is cleaned of negative ions and from microorganisms that interfere with health.

And if that is often done, then your heart will be cleansed, and that is what makes you feel better, feel healthier, feel more calm, and peaceful in your heart …

At first I thought that the habit of burning incense that was practiced by people in ancient times, including what my grandmother did when I was a child, was related to something magical or mystical. But finally I realized that my grandmother in the past was not a highly educated person, she didn’t know about radiation, about negative ions, or things related to microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses … All of that she called by one term .. annoying devil ….and burning incense aims to repel the intruder, in order to maintain the health of the family.

In short, what I want to say in this article is that the habit of burning frankincense is actually very beneficial for health.

Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.

“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”

To determine incense’s psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice. They found that the compound significantly affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current anxiety and depression drugs. Specifically, incensole acetate activated a protein called TRPV3, which is present in mammalian brains and also known to play a role in the perception of warmth of the skin. When mice bred without this protein were exposed to incensole acetate, the compound had no effect on their brains.

“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony.” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. 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!”

According to the National Institutes of Health, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15–44, affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults. A less severe form of depression, dysthymic disorder, affects approximately 3.3 million American adults. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, and frequently co-occur with depressive disorders.(

In order to deal with the current pandemic caused by coronavirus / covid-19, which has caused many fatalities, including death tolls from physicians and medical personnel, I encourage every home and every building owner, including hospitals, to be treated with frankincense’s smoke. I disagree with spraying disinfectant, because it is risky for workers and there may be a later impact on the environment being sprayed. In my opinion, not disinfectant but be smoked with frankincence’s smoke.

All rooms are smoked with frankincense’s smoke for only 10–15 minutes, and repeated again some time later, the air in the room will be cleaned, free of microorganisms or negative ions that can cause disease.

May God bless us all. Aamiin……

Gatot Soedarto

Navigator, former lecturer on Astronomy. Author: Logical Fallacies of Special and General Theory of Relativity, 1919 Eclipse and General Relativity.