Frankincense Essential Oil
The most reference Essential Oil in the Bible, Frankincense oil is extracted from the gum or resin of frankincense or olibanum trees, of the genus Boswellia carteri. Due to the anti-inflammatory effects of Boswellic acid found in frankincense oil, it has been traditionally used as a natural remedy. Once considered more valuable than gold, Frankincense has been referred to as "the holy grail of essential oils" because of its numerous mental and physical health benefits as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic solution, disinfectant, deodorant, digestive aid, and diuretic.
Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are the most valuable elements of frankincense oil. Monoterpenes help eliminate toxins from the liver and kidneys and can deliver antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antitumor and expectorant properties. It is believed by some that sesquiterpenes cross the blood-brain barrier helping to stimulate the limbic system of your brain, by raising the amount of oxygen near the pineal and pituitary glands, promoting secretions of antibodies, endorphins and neurotransmitters.
Frankincense benefits include the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, ad elasticity.
Terpenes and boswellic acids appear to be the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds in frankincense. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Research suggests that compounds found in frankincense may prevent the production of leukotrienes, which cause your bronchial muscles to constrict in asthma.
Studies have found that it's capable of inducing timely apoptosis, meaning that it can prevent and potentially kill cancerous cells. In addition, the boswellic acids found in Frankincense might prevent cancer cells from spreading. AKBA, a chemical compound found in frankincense has been somewhat successful at killing cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy. Used topically, Frankincense may be used to reduce the spreading of skin cancer.
Boost Immune System
Studies have demonstrated that frankincense benefits include immune-enhancing abilities that may help fight dangerous bacteria, viruses and some cancers. Frankincense oil has antimicrobial properties and may help protect against pathogens. Frankincense can be applied directly to wounds to protect them from tetanus and becoming septic.
Frankincense oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps existing cells and tissues healthy. It is capable of eliminating wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars, clearing up acne and other blemishes, while at the same time fading stretch marks and healing cracked skin. Frankincense essential oil has properties that assist with healthy cell function by promoting cell and tissue regeneration.
As a cytophylactic, Frankincense helps the digestive system to properly detox and produce bowel movements. One study found that boswellic acids may help with digestive inflammatory diseases such as chronic colitis and ulcerative colitis.
Research suggests that frankincense oil can be used to improve memory and learning functions.
Disinfectant & Antiseptic
Frankincense is an antiseptic and disinfectant agent that has antimicrobial effects. Frankincense oil and Myrrh oil when used in combination are known to be particularly effective when used against pathogens.
Frankincense oil is very effective as a sedative because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and spirituality.
Stress and Anxiety
When inhaled through a vaporizer or diffuser on a regular basis, frankincense essential oil has been shown to reduce the heart rate.
Frankincense essential oil contains antimicrobial benefits, working to destroy harmful germs and bacteria upon contact.
Similar to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, the anti-inflammatory power of frankincense essential oil can reduce inflammation without the unwanted side effects.
The boswellic acids found in Frankincense appear to have strong antibacterial properties, which may help prevent and treat oral health issues like bad breath, toothaches, cavities, and other infections. Frankincense essential oil can be added to mouthwash and toothpaste to keep gums healthy. Create your own all-natural toothpaste with frankincense oil and baking soda.
Frankincense has blood thinning effects, therefore you will want to avoid if you have blood clotting problems.
How it's used
Frankincense oil is used by either inhaling the oil or absorbing it through the skin. Be sure to blend frankincense oil first with other carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, olive or sweet almond oil.
Historically, burning Frankincense resin was a tool to vanquish negative energies or hold evil spirits at bay. To this day, it is commonly used in churches and temples and believed to affect us at our deepest level, setting our spirit free.