Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense, comes from the tree in the Boswellia genus. They are small trees and/or shrubs that are native to north east Africa down by the Red Sea. The tree has several feather-like leaves that have white or pale pink flowers.
The plant produces a natural resin which is then collected through a rather consuming process of making a notch in the bark. After several days, the resin has hardened and is scraped from the tree.
Frankincense was traditionally used as incense and was also ground into a powder and used as eyeliner by Ancient Egyptian women. Today, the essential oil, attained by steam distillation of the resin, is largely used and it holds countless therapeutic value.
This oil has a very potent woody, earthy, spicy and slightly fruity aroma. Some people think that it smells like licorice.
Some of the main healthy benefits of frankincense oil can be accredited to the following properties:
- lowers blood pressure
- helps wounds heal faster
- has anti-ageing properties
In addition, this oil also has cellular regeneration, gas removal, cellular protection, menstruation balancing, uterine and wound healing capabilities.
There are various reasons to appreciate this ancient oil that has a multitude of therapeutic value. Here are just a few of its desirable features.
Heling wounds and preventing infection: Frankincense has powerful antiseptic properties that can assist with speeding up wound healing including but not limited to burns, scrapes and cuts. It also helps to keep infections at bay. Roller ball blend 10 ml roller ball bottle add 10 drops Frankincense and 10 drops lavender fill bottle up with a carrier oil such as jojoba, almond oil. Roll on as needed around an open wound and apply directly to burns and scrapes.
Helps keep inflammation at bay: Researchers at Cardiff University found that frankincense inhibits the formation of inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that can cause arthritis of any sorts. Put a few drops in a carrier oil or a salve and rub into your body parts that are affected for relief.
Fade Scars: When your wound has healed apply a few drops of frankincense or a salve made with frankincense and it will assist with scar healing.
Fighting Phlegm: Frankincense oil can break up phlegm in the respiratory tract and lungs, it can assist with reducing congestion of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs. In addition, it acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps to open and relax the breathing passages.
Give this a try to help with your breathing: Place five to six drops into a bowl with some very hot water place a towel over your head and lean across the dish to keep the steam contained. Breathe deeply for about ten minutes to reduce congestion.
These are just a few of the ways this amazing oil can be used.
Frankincense blends very well with these oils
Here are a few other recipes for you to try out
Gentle Face Cream (anti-aging)
- ½ cup cocoa butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil (or any carrier of your choice)
- 4 drops Vitamin E oil
- 25 drops Frankincense oil
- 15 drops Helichrysum
- Melt the cocoa butter at a low heat (do not boil)
- Take off burner then add the following
- coconut oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil in a mixing bowl
- Place the bowl in the fridge until it hardens
- Once it is hardened whip it with a hand mixer till smooth in texture
With a spatula continue to whip until well mixed and fluffy
- Add the frankincense and helichrysum stir it in
- Place into your jar of choice
- Apply to skin as needed
Headache Roller Ball Blend
- 10 drops frankincense
- 8 drops peppermint
- 5 drops lavender
- 10 ml roller ball bottle
- Place drops of Essential oil in bottle then fill bottle with your choice of carrier oil such as jojoba, almond, coconut oils apply as needed to forehead and behind your ears.
Having trouble sleeping try this (Adult Sleep Blend)
- 3 drops marjoram
- 8 drops frankincense
- 8 drops bergamot
- 12 drops lavender
- 10 drops cedarwood
- Mix in a bottle and place 6 drops in a diffuser or on bottoms of feet before bed.
You should be looking for the best oils out there, here are some good shopping tips. Buying the best oil increases its therapeutic effect and will ultimately work the best for any condition.
Wording on Bottles: Should have common name and botanical name on bottle.
Bottles: should be glass dark bottles such as blue or amber sometime green.
Grade: Both “therapeutic” and “aromatherapy” grade or organic don’t mean anything with regards to quality. (They are marketing words only)
Quality Questions: Whether you purchase your oils online or locally, be sure to ask plenty of questions. Weather it has been GC/MS tested for purity. How is the plant farmed is it farmed organic (meaning no pesticides used) is it wild harvested and ethically farmed? .As long as the oils are pure they will do what they need to.