Updated: Aug 2, 2020
Essential oils have been with us since ages. They have been used for thousands of years, both in Aroma benefits and healing benefits as well. Essential oils in fact have been a necessary part of the various cultures of the world and each Essential oil has its own benefits. Today we will discuss Frankincense essential oil and we will understand about the healing benefits of it.
Frankincense is also known as Olibanum. It is the most common essential oils in aromatherapy. It also provides a lot of healing benefits especially in reducing pain, swelling and inflammation. It has also been known to fight and provide immune boosting properties for people suffering from cancer.
So what is Frankincense essential oil?
The frankincense oil comes under the genus Boswellia and it's resins are known Boswellia carterii, Boswellia frereana or Boswellia serrata. They grow commonly in Somalia and the Middle East. They need very little water and very little soil. They can grow in very remote, dry, and arid places. Through the years, it has gained a lot of importance. Whether be in the Christian religion or Hindu religion or Muslim religion or any other cultures. It has a smell which feels like a combination of lemon, Thyme and Woody smell like that of Sandalwood. It also grows natively in Indian subcontinent. Boswellia serrata has special compounds which proved to be anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous as well. It also contains terpenes and boswellic acids which help to protect the healthy cells.
Frankincense oil can be used in various methods. The resin of frankincense comes in solid form. It can be burned to produce a very pleasant smell in the spaces. The oil of frankincense can be mixed with Jojoba oil or coconut oil. The mixture can be used in application to the skin as in massage or oil preparations. It can also be mixed with water to burn in ceramic burners. Frankincense has an ability to affect the limbic system of the brain which is responsible for causing emotions and expressions. The ingestion of Frankincense is suggested to be limited and in small quantities only.
As pure as Frankincense can be, nowadays a lot of synthetic preparations are also available. One should be careful when purchasing Frankincense essential oil and should look for 100% original Essential oils.
Benefits of Frankincense oil
Frankincense oil has a lot of health benefits and can be used in various forms.
Reduce blood pressure
Frankincense oil can have a lot of effects on our feelings and emotions. Firstly it helps to reduce our reactions to stress and negative emotions. During stress the heart rate and blood pressure tends to increase a lot. In the presence of frankincense oil, the heart rate starts to decrease and the anxiety that may arise would also reduce. In the long term frankincense helps to reduce the chances of having depression like state. When compared to medications, Frankincense does not have any side effects, adverse reactions and does not bring in drowsiness.
Boosts Immune system
Frankincense helps to boost the immune system and does help to reduce chances of illness. It has been scientifically proven that Frankincense has enhancing abilities, which help to destroy any excess threshold of bacteria viruses and any other disease causing agents. When applied on the skin it helps to protect the skin from germs related to pustules, vesicles and rashes. Due to the antiseptic benefits, Frankincense can also help to reduce inflammation in the mouth. Mouth sores, cavities, tooth aches and bad breath can also be reduced or even cured in the long term.
Cleansing the Spaces
Burning Frankincense in spaces it helps to clean disinfect the spaces it does helps to reduce the chances of having cold and flu. It also naturally boosts the immune system. When combined with Myrrh oil, it gets synergistic and additive properties of protecting against many pathogens.
Using in applications
Frankincense oil when used in applications, helps to increase and improve the tone and elasticity of the skin. It also helps to reduce blemishes, marks and scars on the skin. When used in a long term, acne, surgical marks, dried and cracked skin, and stretch marks can also be reduced by the use of frankincense in topical applications.
Easing menstrual concerns
Studies have also shown that continual use of Frankincense oil reduces the concerns and pain during menstruation, menopause, balances hormone levels, reduces cramps, constipation and mood swings.
Improve digestive system
Frankincense also helps to improve the digestive system by bringing in a proper detox and improving bowel movement. Concerns like stomach cramps, nausea and loose bowels are reduced by use of Frankincense. This happens because Frankincense increases the secretions of digestive enzymes, relaxes the abdominal muscles, improves the kidney function of micturition and reduces persons like Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn's disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Frankincense also helps to reduce inflammation, inflammatory conditions like arthritis, rheumatic joints, gout, painful bowels among a few others.
Frankincense can be used as a bath soap which helps to reduce anxiety enhances relaxation and brings in a spiritual connection.
Natural household cleaner
It can be also used as a natural household cleaners by adding in water used to clean spaces. It also helps to disinfect the area as a natural deodorizer. It reduces indoor pollution and improves the air quality.
The ways of using frankincense are by application in the mouth, using skin application in facial products infused in oil. It can also help to reduce in digestion by adding a drop or two in food preparations. It can help to reduce gout by concentrated applications In the long term Frankincense oil can be used with other therapies to correct it. It can be used as a few drops on a piece of cloth or handkerchief to reduce cold and flu and bring respiratory benefits. Most importantly, it can be used to reduce aches and pain by applying on affected area for messaging them directly. Frankincense can be very well mixed with body butters like Shea butter, Cocoa butter. It can be mixed with oils like coconut oil, almond oil and it can be combined with other essential oils like Jasmine and Lavender.