Frankincense

FRANKINCENSE

boswellia frereana
boswellia carterii
boswellia sacra

Frankincense is likely best known as one of the three gifts the Magi bestowed on the baby Jesus.  A very prized oil, it was often called the “king of oils,” frankincense is mentioned specifically 17 times in the Bible.  Also, it is assumed to imply frankincense, along with myrrh and other spices, when incense is written of 113 times.  It was used in many religious ceremonies and it has been found in the remains of the ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon tombs dating thousands of year before Christ.  In 1922, when King Tut’s tomb was opened, it is said they could still smell the aroma of Frankincense in it!  With its earthy, woody, spicy yet slightly sweet and fruity scent, frankincense held the same value as gold.  Because of the sesquiterpenes in frankincense, it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier which may help people with Alzheimer’s and brain injury.

Frankincense is known for its many therapeutic properties, from preventing oral issues and reducing respiratory issues to boosting the immune system.  It helps encourages healthy hormone levels, regulates menstruation, eases anxiety and stress, and can relieve inflammation and pain in muscles and joints.   It can also reduce the signs of aging and can be used as a natural sleep aid.

Most intriguing to me is the fact that frankincense is being studied for cancer-fighting properties.

Blends well with citrus oils, bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.

Uses:

Anxiety/Stress:  Diffuse. Inhale directly from the bottle.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to the back of neck, wrists or soles of feet.   Add to body lotions.

Colds/Flu:  Diffuse.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the chest.

Digestive issues:  Apply 3-4 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the abdomen.

Immune system boost:  Diffuse.  Apply 3-4 drops to the soles of your feet.  Apply 6 drops with 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to your torso.  Add to body lotions.

Muscle aches:  Mix 5-6 drops of each frankincense and black pepper oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into the area.

Relaxation:  Diffuse during prayer and meditation.  Apply 2-3 drops to back of neck and/or wrists.

Therapeutic properties:

Anti-aging
Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Astringent
Carminative
Expectorant
Immune booster
Sedative
Tonic

Safety:

If you have any issues related to blood clotting, do not use.   Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, are on medications or being treated for other medical.

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