If you’re already an essential oil user, then you have undoubtedly come to realise that every essential oil is a magnificent alternative wellness and beauty tool. If you haven’t yet, add Frankincense oil to your arsenal! This timeless and well-known oil has ancient roots (literally!) that are now becoming much more appreciated in the modern world.
What is Frankincense Oil?
It’s possible that you know Frankincense (and its counterpart Myrrh) more from its popularity as one of the first gifts given to Jesus upon his birth by the wise men. If Frankincense was precious enough to give to the infant Jesus, then even in ancient times its powers were recognised.
Sourced from the gummy sap of the Boswellia tree’s cut bark, Frankincense boasts incredible properties that help to relieve chronic stress and anxiety, diminish pain and inflammation, enhance immunity, and even fight cancer.
Uses of Frankincense Oil
There’s practically no limit to the uses of Frankincense oil, but in your daily life it’s helpful to find a place to start. Check out these powerful uses to determine how Frankincense oil can contribute to your own better health and wellness.
Relieve Stress: Use Frankincense in a bath or diffuser to achieve a feeling of peace and relaxation. If you love soaking in the bath, add just a few drops of Frankincense oil to your hot water. If baths just aren’t your thing, invest in a diffuser so that you can inhale the unique citrusy aroma of Frankincense and reap its benefits to fight anxiety.
Fight Aging: Whether it’s acne, fine lines, large pores, or wrinkles that are causing your skin major grief, Frankincense’s powerful astringent nature can protect skin cells to resolve your most aggravating skin problems. Just mix 6 drops of Frankincense into one ounce of carrier oil (like Coconut or Sweet Almond) and apply to your skin.
Prevent Dental Problems: Oral hygiene is paramount to good health, and Frankincense can help your oral hygiene regimen! Once again, its astringent properties save the day by preventing tooth decay, bad breath, infections, and cavities. You could even make your own toothpaste with Frankincense and baking soda.
Relieve Pain and Inflammation: Even in Biblical times this was a widely understood use of Frankincense. The oil can help to improve circulation and lower joint and muscle pain when it is diffused and/or massaged onto the affected area.
Soothe Indigestion: Did you know that the majority of the body’s immune system is housed in the gastrointestinal tract (AKA the “gut”)? When you experience indigestion, it’s actually a sign that your entire body is a bit off balance. Severe, chronic GI issues can lead to a stunted immune system and painful side effects. Use Frankincense to ease gas, constipation, and cramps by diffusing it in your home. By breathing in the oil, your body can begin to once again achieve equilibrium because the Frankincense supports secretion of digestive enzymes and relaxes muscles in the digestive tract.
Fight Cancer: A thorough study was done in Germany in 2012 which discovered that Frankincense can fight cells of specific forms of cancer, even those that are resistant to chemotherapy. Though this is not a widely accepted form of cancer treatment, many alternative doctors are open to using holistic methods to challenge cancer and force it into remission.
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