Frankincense is most widely known as one of the gifts provided to the newborn baby Jesus in the Bible. The wise men brought gifts of gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Frankincense and Myrrh are both essential oils and have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and healing properties. In Jesus’ time, they used the resin from the Boswellia tree and not the oil. Today we have progressed and can extract the oil from the resin through a process called distillation.
What is Frankincense Oil?
Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is a well-known type of essential oil used in aromatherapy. It has a wide variety of health benefits which include boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, relieving chronic stress and anxiety. There are promising medical studies showing it can help fight cancer.
Frankincense comes from the resin of the Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri trees. These trees are most commonly found in Somalia and Oman where they grow in very little soil and in dry and desolate conditions.
This plant produces a natural oleo gum resin which is collected through a rather time-consuming process of making an incision in the bark. As a result of their incision, the tree releases a milky white substance that acts as a healing agent for the tree and prevents infection. After ten days the resin has hardened and is scraped from the tree. The highest quality frankincense comes from slicing small incisions in the tree three times.
What’s the Recommended Way to Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils can be used in three different ways:
The inhalation of essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous desired responses in the body. Below are several techniques used to inhale essential oils:
- Direct inhalation-simply smell them.
- Diffuse the oils using a Young Living diffuser which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air. The Young Living diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.
- Fill a humidifier with water. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. ( Do not put oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapor and may cause damage to your humidifier.)
- Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly.
Apply essential oils directly onto the skin where indicated. Dilute with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or a pure vegetable oil (e.g., olive or almond ) before applying if dilution is indicated on the label. Dilution may protect against possible skin sensitivities. Key points of application on the body are:
- Crown of head
- Behind ears
- Upper back
- Over vital organs
- Soles and top of feet
Not all essential oils can be ingested into the body. Please read the label and only ingest if it’s labeled “dietary” AND 100% therapeutic. If you aren’t sure or have concerns play it safe and don’t ingest it.
Suggested internal consumption methods are…
- Put several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water.
- Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or rice milk.
- Put 1-2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to your meals when cooking.
- Add 1-2 drops onto a teaspoon of raw honey and swallow.
- Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this method. Many oils are very strong and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of oil to be used.
When purchasing essential oils, avoid cheap “fragrance oils”, “food grade”, and “perfume grade” essential oils as they can cause harm to the body due to their synthetic properties. Stay clear of taking any essential oil orally unless it is 100% therapeutic grade, and is labeled “dietary”. A little bit goes a long way with essential oils and can be toxic if inhaled or taken orally in large quantities.
For the responsible use of essential oils, read the complete label on each bottle and follow the safety guidelines.
What is Frankincense Essential Oil Used For?
To gain the benefits of frankincense oil you can apply it topically, inhale it using a diffuser or vaporizer or by ingesting it in very small amounts. Essential oils are transdermal, or in simpler terms, the skin absorbs them slowly. Usually, within 5-8 seconds most of the oil will absorb into the skin and then enter the bloodstream. Essential oils, especially Frankincense, is one of the only substances on earth that can pass the blood-brain barrier. Amazing!
So, what are some of the ways we can use frankincense in our daily lives and routines? Let’s find out…
Top 10 Uses and Benefits for Frankincense Essential Oil?
- Relieves Gastrointestinal Discomfort: If you experience gut distress such as gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, stomach aches, irritable bowel syndrome and others, frankincense essential oil can help to calm those symptoms and discomfort. It works similar to a digestive enzyme in that it speeds the process of breaking down food. Undigested food is often the root cause of these uncomfortable symptoms which is why frankincense works so well these symptoms.
- Reduce and Fade Scars, Wounds, Stretch Marks or Acne Remedy: Frankincense is a great overall skin tonic. It ensures skin elasticity along with cleanses and tightens pores. As a result, skin tone is naturally improved, it helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging, reduces the appearance of large pores and even prevents wrinkles. It’s an excellent wrinkle reducer as it softens wrinkles and balances out sebum levels.
- Relieve Inflammation and Pain: Arthritis, joint and muscle pain, asthma and digestive disorders are all victims of inflammatory responses. Frankincense works against inflammation by helping to improve circulation to these areas and reduce inflammation. Simply massage frankincense on the area desired or diffuse it into the air. Doing both adds a greater benefit too as you’re allowing it the oil topically and internally.
- Strengthens and Supports the Immune System: Frankincense has a natural ability to enhance the immune system. The oil helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and medical studies have shown that it can even fight cancer. It can do this by preventing germs from ever forming in your home, on your skin or in your mouth. Many turn to frankincense because of this to aid oral health issues such as toothaches, prevent gingivitis, cavities, bad breath, and other infections.
- Relieve Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Frankincense immediately gives you the feeling of peace, relaxation leaving you with a sense of satisfaction. A very common use for stress and anxiety relief is a soaking bath with frankincense and lavender essential oils. Simply add 3-5 drops to hot bath water to get instant stress relief. The most preferred method is to add a few drops of frankincense to a diffuser or vaporizer. This allows you to inhale and absorb via the skin at the same time at fight anxiety. This is why many will diffuse frankincense during their morning spiritual routines such as reading the Bible and prayer time. When it comes to depression there are numerous medical studies showing the positive impact on the brain and its ability to boost emotions and overall feelings of satisfaction.
- Fights Anti-Aging and Wrinkle: Frankincense is a natural skin toner and helps to lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging, reduces the appearance of large pores and even prevents wrinkles. It’s an excellent wrinkle reducer as it softens wrinkles and balances out sebum levels.
- Natural Replacement for NSAIDS: Frankincense is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory. It can be used to relieve conditions where pain and inflammation are present. It works against inflammation by helping to improve circulation to these areas and reduce inflammation. Simply massage frankincense on the area desired or diffuse it into the air. Doing both adds a greater benefit too as you’re allowing it the oil topically and internally.
- Natural Cold and Flu Relief: When it comes to a respiratory infection there may not be a better tool than frankincense. Next time you experience a cough from a cold or flu reach for frankincense to help relieve the pain of coughing. Because it is naturally anti-inflammatory it helps to draw out and eliminate phlegm from the lungs. The anti-inflammatory properties also help clear nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. This is why it’s commonly used for allergies and asthma.
- Relieves Itching: Applying a single drop of frankincense essential oil to the affected area will bring immediate relief. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation immediately and cause the itch to disappear.
- Natural Household Cleaner: Because frankincense is a natural antiseptic, which is a fancy way of saying it helps eliminate bacteria and viruses from your home. Because it can kill off the harmful bacteria and viruses, it’s also used as a natural deodorizer too. Smells are a result of bacteria growth and in the presence of frankincense there is no contest!
DIY Recipes for Frankincense Essential Oil
The following DIY recipes have are just a couple that our readers have found useful. These are all recipes that my wife and I use or have used. They have been gathered from around the web over the years. If you have some you’d like to add please add yours in the comments section below.
To start experiencing the benefits of frankincense immediately, try these great DIY recipes.
- Frankincense and Myrrh Beauty Face Cream – TheCoconutMama.com
- Anti-Aging Skin Butter – Mary Vance
- Frankincense Face Cleanser – PlaidFuzz.com
- Natural Anti-Aging Lotion – Mix six drops of oil to one ounce of unscented oil and apply it directly to the skin. Be sure to always do a small patch area test first to test for possible allergic reactions.
Add one to two drops of oil to eight ounces of water or to a tablespoon of honey for GI relief. If you’re going to ingest it orally, make sure it’s 100 percent pure oil; do not ingest fragrance or perfume oils.
Natural Pain Relief
Try massaging frankincense oil to the painful area or diffusing it in your home. You can add a drop of oil to steaming water and soak a towel in it, then place the towel on your body or over your face to inhale it to decrease muscle aches. Also, diffuse several drops in your home, or combine several drops with a carrier oil to massage into your muscles, joints, feet or neck.
Natural Cold and Flu Remedy
Add a few drops to a cloth and inhale for the respiratory benefits or use an oil diffuser.
Side effects of Frankincense Oil
Frankincense has no known documented serious side-effects. That said, it’s very well tolerated and can only be harmful if you don’t use it properly. Putting 25 drops in your mouth will most certainly cause an adverse toxic side-effect that you don’t want.
It’s rare to hear of it but for some people, they can experience a mild skin rash. The best recommendation is to dilute frankincense (or any essential oil) with a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, or olive oil and test a spot on your skin before going all in.
It’s also important to note that frankincense is known to have a blood thinning effect, so if you’re susceptible to blood disorders and/or blood clots, please consult your physician first before using frankincense oil. Because of its blood-thinning effects, you could potentially have a negative reaction when combined with an anticoagulant medication.
Frankincense Oil and Cancer Treatment
There are quite a few miraculous stories on the web and off that speak about the power of frankincense essential oil. Here are a few ways frankincense attacks cancer cells and obliterates them.
- Frankincense oil induces potent cytotoxicity in various types of cancer cells but not their normal counterparts.
- Unlike chemotherapy drugs, frankincense oil specifically targets tumor cells but not fast-growing cells. This might be “no observable adverse effects” using frankincense oil.
- Frankincense oil prevents cellular network formation of tumor cells.
- Frankincense oil causes the breakdown of multicellular tumor spheroids, which might be the cause of drug resistant.
- Frankincense oil simultaneously activates multiple signaling pathways including the caspase pathway leading to apoptosis. Is this similar to the use of “drug cocktails” in complicated diseases?
- Frankincense oil induces apoptosis of tumor cells.
- Frankincense oil does not have any noticeable adverse effects when an appropriate dose is applied.
- Frankincense oil attracts infiltration of inflammatory cells to the tumor site with unknown mechanism.
To help boost immunity and as a cancer prevention technique: (and how I consume frankincense oil)
- Add 1 drop of frankincense oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (like coconut), and consume first thing in the morning. This is not intended to be a long-term solution and should only be utilized for 2-3 weeks at a time. Discontinue use immediately upon signs of adverse reactions.
- Put 1-2 drops in a soft gel capsule to prevent esophageal irritation.
- Add 3 drops each of frankincense and myrrh oils to a diffuser.
Conclusion: Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is often referred to as the king of essential oils. We only scratched the surface of what frankincense is capable of in this article. There’s just too much to share about to fit here. However, it’s clear that it is a powerful oil and you should consider keeping frankincense in your home, on hand at all times.
Between reducing chronic inflammation, symptoms of Crohn’s and IBD, reversing chemotherapy side-effects, attacking and wiping out cancer cells, on and on, there’s plenty of reason to grab some today.
If you have questions, concerns or just want to know where to buy essential oils, please contact me at email@example.com.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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