In Christianity, the tale of the three magi visiting the baby Jesus included three different gifts: Frankincense, gold, and myrrh. And, as I’m here to tell you, each of those gifts were very carefully chosen.
In particular, frankincense is tremendously beneficial, especially when used as an essential oil in aromatherapy and natural health.
Frankincense comes from the extracted milky white sap of the Boswellia tree, which grows naturally in parts of Africa and the Middle East, though frankincense from the region has been shipped across the globe, particularly to China, India, and the Mediterranean, for thousands of years as a result of it’s renowned value.
Traditionally, it has been burned as an incense, though ancient Egyptian women also used it to make their eyeliner. Today, though, we’re most interested in it as an essential oil, which has a great many benefits.
I particularly like frankincense oil for it’s ability to comfort and calm. In aromatherapy it is best used either via direct inhalation (I recommend the palm method) or via a vaporizing diffuser – in which case it offers a sedative effect that can help promote a sense of peace, relaxation, and satisfaction. This also makes it great for relieving anger, anxiety, and stress.
Additionally, used topically, frankincense essential oil is great for the following uses:
- Reduces appearance of scars and stretch marks
- Speeds healing in case of acne, boils, cuts, and insect bites
- Strengthens gums and hair roots
- Treatment of dry skin
If you’re interested in more of the science, and want to do more research, major components of frankincense essential oil include alpha pinene, actanol, bornyl acetate, camphene, dipentene, incensole and incensyl acetate, ketonic alcohol, linalool, octyl acetate, and a wide range of terpenes.
Those terpenes are of particular interest, especially monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Note Connie and Alan Higley in their book, Reference Guide for Essential Oils, monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys, and have antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, analgesic (weak) and expectorant properties. As for sesquiterpenes, they can help simulate the limbic system of your brain, as well as your hypothalamus, and pineal and pituitary glands.
And other health benefits of frankincense essential oil can be attributed to it’s many healthy properties, including anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, cicatrisant, carminative, cytophylactic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, uterine, and vulnerary properties.
As a result, frankincense essential oil has been found useful for the following health conditions:
- Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Colds and respiratory disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Oral health problems
- Uterine health
Just make sure that you’re getting the good stuff when you buy frankincense essential oil. Make sure it’s therapeutic grade, to ensure it’s high quality, and always spot-test a small amount first to check for any potential reactions.
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