Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) a/k/a Olibanum, originally meant ‘pure or high quality incense’. The essential oil is extracted from gum resin from the tree or shrub of Boswellia, through steam distillation. It is prominent and most commonly distributed from Somalia and grows wild throughout North East Africa.
When you think of frankincense you may remember the Bible story of the three wise men (or magi) bringing their gifts to the newborn King, Jesus (Matthew 2:11). This fact alone, that it was brought on such an important occasion, shows its true significance. It is said to be a gift fit for a priest.
Frankincense was found by archaeologists dating clear back to 3000 BC in Egyptian tombs. It was also a very popular incense that was burned in temples in ancient and current times. Needless to say it has been used for centuries for various uses.
In 2013, Leicester University researchers found that AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), which is a chemical compound in the resin, has cancer-killing properties and has the potential to destroy ovarian cancer cells!
So why is this amazing resin no longer used regularly? It seems we have replaced this beautiful and amazing natural substance with various man-made synthetic products. However, this does not have to be the case. Frankincense is thankfully still available for purchase and use.
What benefit does frankincense offer?
~Skin Benefits (my favorite) – Great for mature skin and perfect for maintaining balance in an over oily complexion.
~Healing – Said to have cancer fighting benefits.
~Nervousness – Frankincense has comforting and relaxing properties that relieve stress and anxiety.
~ Respiratory – Can help with asthma and chronic cough by calming breathing.
~ Urinary – Can ease symptoms of cystitis.
~ Reproductive – Assists in healing dysmenorrhea and metrorrhagia.
~ Aromatherapy – Has a very calming effect on the body, a woodsy relaxing scent.
How can you use frankincense?
DIFFUSING: Vaporize it into the air, put a few drops in the bath or apply to the skin in a roller ball with a carrier oil. It is also safe to take internally and in ancient times was thought to have been chewed to receive its calming effects.
MAKE AN ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLER: Simply fill your glass essential oil roller with a carrier oil, leaving a little room at the top of the roller. Apply the desired amount of essential oil drops. If you are unsure what a carrier oil is, here is an easy GUIDE for you. Seal with roller cap and lid.
You will need about 5-10 drops of frankincense per 10 mls of carrier oil. Your typical/standard roller bottle is about 10 mls. My go-to carrier oil is Sunflower Oil since it is easy on the skin and usually reasonably priced. Mix together in your roller bottle and apply to the wrists, feet and/or back of the neck or forehead.
A Word of CAUTION about frankincense: This amazing essential oil can occasionally cause vivid dreams in some individuals. If you have trouble sleeping or do not like this side effect do not use it at bedtime.
Make sure your oil is 100% pure and that it is not mixed with a carrier oil or some sort of filler, unless of course you want it that way. Check it out and enjoy the health benefits!
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