Frankincense: 7 Amazing Benefits For Health, Healing & Wellbeing
When it comes to plant essential oils, Frankincense has earned the reputation as being the 'King of Oils' due to a long list of powerful, therapeutic and healing benefits.
Native to Somalia and the surrounding areas of Northern Africa, Frankincense trees (Boswellia Sacra, Carterii and Frereana) produce a 'resin' that has been renowned for thousands of years for its health and healing benefits.
History and Today
If you look into the etymology of the word, Frankincense, it originates from ‘franc encens' which literally means ‘quality incense’ in Old French.
The Babylonians and Assyrians used to burn spicy-smelling Frankincense for religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin not just for healing purposes but also as a type of perfume.
Today, Frankincense is widely adopted in Aromatherapy to help support relief from chronic stress and anxiety, soothe pain and inflammation in the body, boost immunity and even to help fight more serious dis-eases. It's known to communicate with a part of the brain that influences the entire nervous system of the body.
When using Frankincense Essential Oil, a little goes a long way.
Use it by inhaling, or mix it with a 'carrier' oil like fractionated coconut oil and apply it topically. If you're going to ingest Frankincense, be sure that you dilute it with water first and that it is a 100% pure source.
What are the main benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil?
1. Purifies Household Air
Frankincense is a powerful, natural antiseptic that helps to eliminate air-borne bacteria and viruses in your home, office or any indoor environment that may be subjected to stale or stagnant air. Use in a diffuser or mix with distilled water and use as a room spray.
2. Oral Health
Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, Frankincense Essential Oil can help to prevent oral problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, cavities and bad breath. Mix it with bi-carbonate soda, sea salt and pure coconut oil to make makes a great tasting natural toothpaste! You can also add a drop of Clove Essential Oil to relieve toothache or oral pain and Peppermint Essential Oil to make your mouth feel amazingly fresh!
3. Reduces Scarring
When rubbed into scars caused by injuries, surgery, acne and stretch marks, Frankincense Essential Oil when mixed with a 'carrier' oil like fractionated coconut, olive, grape seed or almond, can help to fade unsightly scars when applied consistently over time.
4. Aids Digestion
The promotion of healthy digestion is another amazing property of Frankincense Essential Oil. It aids the secretion of digestive enzymes and facilitates the progression of food through the intestinal tract. You can also take it to alleviate indigestion, PMS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and excess acidity in the gut. Add 1-2 drops of pure Frankincense Essential Oil to 250ml of clean water or to one tablespoon of raw, organic honey and consume for gastrointestinal relief.
Frankincense Essential Oil is a powerful skin cell regenerator and protector. When applied topically with a 'carrier oil', it can help to promote skin tissue health, reduce signs of ageing, lift and tighten the skin and even reduce acne. Additionally, it has potent 'astringent' properties, meaning it helps to strengthen gums, hair follicles, skin, muscles, the intestines and blood vessels. Combine 1 drop with approx. 30mls of fractionated coconut oil and apply to the affected area each day.
6. Stress & Anxiety Relief
Frankincense has strong sedative and stress-relieving qualities which helps to promote feelings of peace and relaxation. Add a few drops to a hot bath and soak. Frankincense also facilitates deep breathing and the opening up of your respiratory passages, making it an effective natural remedy if you suffer from anxiety. Add drops of Frankincense to a diffuser or vaporiser at home or in your workspace to support calmness and emotional balance.
7. Healing & Pain Management
Whether it's speedy relief from colds, flu and respiratory problems or for reducing pain and inflammation in the body from the likes of joint and muscle aches and arthritis, Frankincense Essential Oil can support fast healing both externally and internally.
To help clear congestion and make breathing easier, add a few drops to a damp cloth and inhale directly, or add a few drops to an oil diffuser. To manage bodily aches and inflammation, soak a hot towel in a bucket of hot water containing drops of Frankincense Oil, then rest over the affected area on the body. You can also combine a few drops with a 'carrier' oil and massage directly into the joints, muscles, feet or neck areas that are causing pain.
For skin wounds or scarring, try diluting a few drops of Frankincense with Aloe Vera or a natural moisturiser to soothe, disinfect and accelerate the repair of skin tissue and minimise scarring. Similarly, mixed with water, it can heal cuts and ulcers of the mouth and throat.
When using Essential Oils, be sure to avoid oils that say 'fragrance' or 'perfume' oil as they can often be synthetic. As with all Essential Oils, it’s important to make sure that they’re harvested from the environment where they are naturally found, and that no chemicals have been used in the extraction process. For this reason, we use and recommend dōTERRA Essential Oils due to their purity (food-grade), distillation methods and integrity.