Frankincense oil comes from the Boswellia tree found in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. The oil has many benefits and has been used for over 5,000 years to help relieve stress and anxiety and as an incense. This precious and essential oil was found in the tomb of King Tut and was part of the Magi story in the Bible. While frankincense is known to treat skin problems, scars, wounds, sore muscles, and dry skin, recent studies indicate that the oil has possible medicinal benefits. It is believed to help relieve symptoms from anxiety, arthritis, and cancer.
In 2006, a study at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine found that skin cancer lesions on horses were reduced when frankincense oil was administered. The University of Oklahoma also conducted a research study that showed this oil could inhibit the development of bladder cancer cells. There are many other benefits of this oil making it a great item to keep around to help with many health issues.
The oil can be either applied topically or inhaled. When applied to the skin, a carrier oil is mixed with the frankincense. Some believe that frankincense helps communicate messages to the brain and impact the nervous system. It only takes a little bit of the oil and it should not be inhaled in large quantities.
When buying frankincense, be sure and buy pure essential oils. Any that are labeled perfume oil or fragrance oil may be synthetic. Synthetic oils will not provide any of the health benefits that pure essential oils will. Pure or 100% essential oils can be used in many ways.
When used for a soaking bath, this oil immediately brings on a feeling of relaxation, peace, and satisfaction. For the best stress relief, add a few drops to a hot bath. Adding frankincense to a vaporizer or diffuser can help fight anxiety and provide a feeling of relaxation throughout your home.
This oil is also an antiseptic and can help eliminate viruses and bacteria and is great for cleaning indoor spaces. The frankincense plant can also act as a natural deodorizer and helps to reduce indoor pollution.
Since frankincense has strong antiseptic properties, it is good for use in dental hygiene. There are natural products for healthy oral care which contain frankincese. These products help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, oral infections, and cavities.
Perhaps one of the most promising benefits of frankincense is how it helps protect skin cells. The astringent properties of the oil can help clear up acne, prevent wrinkles, reduce large pores, and tighten skin. These properties all help slow the signs of aging. By mixing about six drops of oil in with unscented oil, it is applied directly to the skin. It can then help with sagging jowls, abdomen, and under-eye areas.
Frankincense is one very helpful essential oil. It can be used in a variety of ways to stay healthy and well. Inhale it or apply it directly to the skin to experience all of its benefits.