Maybe you wonder how can frankincense help you or how can frankincense helps your skin. Often called ‘King of the oils’, Frankincense has been used since antiquity. By reading this you will find out the history, how to use it and what benefits have for your skin.
Frankincense is native from the Red Sea region (grows wild in NE Africa and Oman). Used as incense in India, China, and the west by Catholic Church to perform religious ceremonies. Frankincense is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. Also, the Talmud Jewish rabbis used consecrated frankincense in rituals, particularly in the ceremony of Ketoret, which was a sacred rite in the Temple of Jerusalem. Egyptians used frankincense resin for many purposes, from perfumes to ointments for soothing their skin.
If you never tried frankincense before, then this is the time. The benefits of this particular oil are so wide and powerful that, without a hesitation, Frankincense is the ‘King of the oils”. Or, how I like to say: when you don’t know what oil to use, here’s Frankincense – great for everything.
What science tells us…
Back in 2008, researchers completed a study on the impact of frankincense on depression and anxiety. Also, evidence indicates that the aroma of frankincense might help regulate emotions such as anxiety and depression. Research shows that lab mice exposed to frankincense were more willing to spend time in open areas, where they typically feel more vulnerable. Scientists say this indicates a drop in levels of anxiety.
Most importantly, Frankincense contains around 65 different compounds. Therefore, the benefits of this oil have a physical approach as well. As a result, it can influence your emotional balance, immune and nervous system and, above all, your skin.
Some of the physical benefits…
For instance, anti-inflammatory action of Frankincense was found to ease arthritis and rheumatic pain, and muscle tension being great for soothing aches and pain.
Also, acts like an antiseptic. As a result, can be used topically to heal wounds and insects bites as a result of an increased activity of leukocytes.
It may be a great help for your glands by oxygenating your pineal and pituitary gland. Many people find that it makes a perfect incense to use during meditation, energy work, or chakra exercises.
Can be a great help for your nervous system by alleviate headaches, stress, anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, and post-partum depression.
Is helping the immune & respiratory system by soothing the mucous membranes. Further calming and deepening the breathing, easing coughs, and asthma, or tonsilitis.
Frankincense essential oil has properties that assist with healthy cell function by promoting cell and tissue regeneration.
Above all, my personal experience with Frankincense essential oil helped me to focus my energy. Therefore, minimised the distractions and improved my concentration. Also, I use rosemary essential oil to enhance and maximise the benefits. Relieving anxiety, this calming oil lifts the spirit, increases positive energy, deepens the breath, enhances prayer and meditation. Frankincense essential oil is ideal when you feel stressed, tired, and overwhelmed. NERD ALERT – click here to download the research I found about this family plant.
Benefits of frankincense oil for skin
Is helping to rejuvenate mature skins and to minimise fine lines and wrinkles. Also, it helps to combat premature ageing by reducing sun-damaging spots and preventing scarring due to its cellular regeneration benefits. Frankincense essential oil has an invigorating and toning effect. Also, effective in skins with blemishes and imperfections.
How to use Frankincense
This oil is in general approved by FDA (The United States Food ad Drug Administration) for use as a food additive and flavouring.
Firstly, it can be applied topical to the area of concern. However, for sensitive skins, please dilute with carrier oil.
Further, it can be diffused or inhaled from the bottle directly for a couple of minutes. The power of the aromatic is known for centuries.
There are many pro and cons about whether is safe to take frankincense internally. This is my experience and here’s what I can say about it. I take frankincense almost every day internally. 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule or sublingual. When dealing with a bad cold I was taking it with lemon, orange and some honey, twice a day. After a colposcopy intervention, the doctor mentioned that the rate of healing would be 2 to 4 weeks. Taking Frankincense oil along with Copaiba oil and Clary Sage, took me back to basics within 10 days.
This is one of my experiences, medically speaking, unfortunately, there is not enough evidence to claim certain uses and effectiveness of it. To find out more please check HERE.
Considering we are all unique, your body reacts differently so keep that in mind. If you want to find out about one of the studies, here’s one.
How to use frankincense on your skin
Skincare products that contain this essential oil could be quite pricey. Therefore, I prefer to use one-two drops in my serum and moisturizer. I wouldn’t use it in my cleanser as it washes off and I prefer to leave it on my skin.
Using Frankincense oil during pregnancy is at your own risk. There are not enough studies to claim that either is safe or unsafe to use. If you have sensitive skin, dilute with a carrier oil and then apply it to your skin. Do not ingest if the essential oil is not pure. doTerra essential oils are 100% pure and, personally, I use them internally. If you have any doubts, contact your physician.
The statements of the benefits of Frankincense oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Have you ever used frankincense? Let me know in the comment section below.
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