Used for centuries in incense burners, perfumery, health, and medicinal purposes. Frankincense was one of the three gifts offered during the birth of Jesus
Frankincense comes from the Genus Boswellia (also known as Olibanum).
The Boswellia tree grows mainly in the Arabian and African areas that would include Oman, Yemen, and Ethiopia.
Oman is the best known as the main favored source of Frankincense due to it purity compared to other places.
The Ancient Greeks, Romans along with India would trade the Frankincense through the old trading routes at the time.
Frankincense has had many uses over the years, from the Ancient Egyptians where it commonly used as part of the mummification process; The Egyptians would use Frankincense in perfumery and cosmetics.
In India, it was primarily used as incense for both spiritual purposes along in Ayurvedic Medicine.
The Greeks, along with China would use Frankincense dealing with many forms of illness both internal and external.
Frankincense is highly valued spiritually and used in Church as an incense or resin during various religious ceremonies as a way of cleansing and purifying.
It helps during meditation to open the psychic center and connect with the Crown Chakra.
From Resin to Oil.
Frankincense is originally a resin that comes from the Genus Boswellia where the tree goes through a process called stripping and as a result, a milky white sap left to harden and dry over a few days.
As a result, this forms into a gum type resin which is then scraped from the tree bark and later sorted for its quality.
To produce the resin to an Essential Oil begins with a steam distillation of the resin.
Here the resin produced becomes the purest volatile oil available and is then bottled in dark glass at its most potent form.Frankincense Oil is one of the most popular types of essential oils used that can have many uses and benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. Click To Tweet
Frankincense Oil Benefits
There are many properties within the Essential Oil of Frankincense, which are as follows:
Anti-oxidant, anti-catarrhal, Expectorant, Anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and astringent are some of the properties found within Frankincense.
1. Helps fight against Flu and cold.
Containing antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties will certainly work against those colds and flu you may be encountering.
Along with helping to get rid of that dreaded cough.
To help clear the nasal passages simply place a few drops into an oil diffuser and enjoy the aroma while it makes your breathing easier.
Having the diffuser helps to keep germs away for anyone else in the room.
2. Stress and Anxiety Relief
Clear the atmosphere when adding a few drops into the diffuser will allow all in the home to feel more at ease and relaxed.
Great to add a few drops to the bath to help you to just relax and enjoy the moment.
3. Improve Oral Hygiene
With its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Frankincense will help to relieve oral problems to help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, mouth sores along with helping to strengthen the gums.
A great example is Living Librations Toothpaste.
4. Helps with Cell regeneration
As an astringent, Frankincense Oil is great to use for many forms of skin issues.
Its Astringent benefits may help to rejuvenate and tighten the skin both on the body and the wrinkles around the eyes.
Helps to reduce stretch marks and fading scars.
5. Improve sleep function
Frankincense Oil helps to reduce the cortisol levels aiding in better sleep, which can go hand in hand in relieving the stress and anxiety.
This is great to use with a diffuser, as it will also help to clear the nasal passages to make breathing much easier and more comforting to fall asleep quicker.
6. Improve spiritual connection
Considered powerful spiritually, Frankincense is ideal to use and connect with the Crown Chakra thus helping to open the crown and allowing a greater flow and connection to higher loving energies.
Great to use in a burner, as incense, even diffuser while meditating
7. Improve Breathing
With its Anti-Catarrhal and expectorant properties, it will help with Bronchitis, asthma that can help to increase to breath.
It will also help to dry excess mucus.
8.Calming and soothing
Frankincense is a wonderful calming oil that can help to soothe and calm the mind and emotions, thus helping to relieve a lack of insecurity, confusion and nervous depression.
With Frankincense there are no known adverse side effects however, it is generally best to avoid during pregnancy especially the first trimester.
Should you be pregnant or nursing please consult a qualified Aromatherapist or medical practitioner preferably one who understands essential oils and natural remedies.
Also, remember that Frankincense Fragrant oils are not to be used for any health benefits as they are synthetically made and do not process any properties mentioned above.
Here are some great Frankincense oils to choose from to help you out.
Please note if you are not sure of how to dilute you will also find many oils pre-diluted with carrier oils in the listing below.
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