Frankincense oil has been sought after for generations due to its collection of health benefits. People have used Frankincense oil for thousands of years now, to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being. To understand how historic this essential oil is, it was presented as a gift to Jesus Christ during his birth, over 2000 years ago.
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Frankincense Oil, also known as olibanum, comes from the Boswellia cartelli or Boswellia sacara tree indigenous to Somalia, Africa. A white sap is extracted from the barks of the tree and allowed to harden into resin before it is scrapped off in teardrop-shaped droplets.
The word Frankincense was adopted from the old French term “franc encens” that means quality incense.
How is Frankincense Oil Used?
Frankincense essential oil can either be rubbed onto the skin, ingested or inhaled through the nose. Usually, we mix a few drops of Frankincense oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, mineral oil or lotions before rubbing it onto our skin.
You can also add a few drops of Frankincense oil to a piece of cloth, and inhale it. A few drops of Frankincense oil can be added to a glass of water and drank.
Although before ingesting Frankincense oil, make sure it is 100% essential oil and not a perfume oil. Too much ingestion of Frankincense oil can be toxic, so remember to measure the quantities before intake.
What are the Frankincense Oil Uses?
- In aromatherapy sessions where it is inhaled or diffused by a vaporizer. Frankincense oil is well known for its stress-relieving, and comforting properties.
- A few drops of Frankincense oil can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied onto the skin. Since it is known for its astringent properties, Frankincense oil helps promote skin cell growth, heal cuts and wounds and keeps the skin looking young and healthy. For this purpose mostly, it helps slow down signs of aging.
- Has high antiseptic properties making it ideal for dental hygiene. A few drops of Frankincense oil can be mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda to form toothpaste and help reduce teeth decay.
- You can mix Frankincense oil with a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil and use it to moisturize and strengthen your hair roots.
- Frankincense oil can be ingested to help fight gastrointestinal discomforts. Whether you are experiencing constipation, gas or cramps, drink a glass of water mixed with three drops of Frankincense oil. You can also mix the essential oil with a tablespoon of honey before ingesting.
Always remember, some oils are for external use only – always read the label
- Inhaling Frankincense oil can bring instant relief to various forms of respiratory infections such as flu, sinuses or asthma. To take advantage of this, add a few drops of Frankincense oil to a piece of cloth and inhale, or just put your gas diffuser to good use.
- Joint and muscle-related pains can be extremely painful and sometimes paralyzing. You can soak a towel in warm water infused with Frankincense oil and put the warm cloth over your aching joints or muscles for relief. A few drops of Frankincense oil mixed with a carrier oil can be rubbed onto your aching joints and muscles too.
As you can see, Frankincense oil is a wholesome essential oil overflowing with all kinds of benefits. It is, therefore, good practice to keep a bottle of Frankincense oil within reach to take advantage of all its uses.