9 Things that make Frankincense Essential Oil Unique
Many have read ancient texts such as the Holy Bible and noticed that frankincense (Boswalli cateri) was used quite often in healing rituals. In fact, during Biblical times and before, frankincense was considered just as valuable as gold! Today, frankincense is still a highly sought after resin, which originates from the Arabian Peninsula. Many people choose to use it in the form of an essential oil as it provides many unique and healing benefits. Here are the top nine things that make frankincense unique and how to use it effectively.
1. It calms your mind
More people than ever are searching for ways to calm the mind and rid the body of anxiety and worry. With our fast paced lives, we often don’t find enough time to meditate or practice deep relaxation. This causes our bodies to be in a continually stressed state. Frankincense, however, can improve our situations without a lot of time involved. With its lovely woody smell, frankincense essential oil can calm the mind, body, and spirit. It promotes a feeling of overall well-being and helps stress melt away. Simply diffuse the oil by placing three to four drops in a diffuser. Let the aroma bring peace to your mind as you go about your day or as you sleep.
2. It can relieve menstrual cramping
Annoying and painful, menstrual cramps are something no woman looks forward to every month. Thankfully, frankincense can help. In an ounce of carrier oil such as jojoba oil, add five drops of frankincense. Use the oil to massage the abdomen. Many women have also found relief by adding 8-12 drops of the oil in a warm bath. The aroma of the oil will also help with other menstrual symptoms such as loss of focus and irritability.
3. It can help women in active labor
Labor is the probably the most difficult journey a woman will ever go through in her life. Besides the pain, women also experience many hormonal and emotional changes during the birthing process. Many mothers have used essential oils in the labor and delivery room to calm their minds and ease the pain. They take their diffusers with them in their hospital bag and set it up in the room to create a relaxing atmosphere. Frankincense is great to use alone in the diffuser, or you can create a blend using an equal amount of lavender. Note: make sure you get your doctor’s permission. Every birth is different and it may require special restrictions.
4. It can fade stretch marks
“How can I get rid of my stretch marks?” This question is asked quite frequently on search engines by both men and women. With its amazing tissue healing abilities, frankincense can greatly reduce the appearance of these marks, giving you more confidence. Simply add five drops to an ounce of jojoba oil and rub on the affected areas every day, especially right after a bath or shower.
5. It can be used to soothe hemorrhoids
Searching for relief from hemorrhoids? Try this frankincense recipe. Combine three drops of frankincense essential oil with two tablespoons of liquid lanolin or coconut oil. Apply liberally to the affected area as needed.
6. It can help with respiratory issues
Whether you suffer from asthma, chronic cough, bronchitis, or a sore throat, frankincense can greatly improve the symptoms. There are several ways to get relief. First, you can combine four to five drops in an ounce of jojoba oil. You can then use this mixture to rub on the throat and chest. Another way is to diffuse a few drops of the oil in a diffuser or in your vaporizer/humidifier. Lastly, you can use in a hot bath by adding ten drops of frankincense.
7. It can help with oily skin
Many of us have to deal with oily skin that often causes acne. Sometimes the products we use can over dry our skin causing even more problems. However, frankincense can ease the oil production while healing the skin instead of over drying it. Plus, it’s all natural! Simply take a wet cotton ball or pad and add a drop of frankincense oil. Dab the oil onto the affected area, especially the t-zone. Apply once daily for best results.
8. It’s an incredible anti-inflammatory
If you’re suffering from joint pain or arthritis, you’ll be glad to know that frankincense is a great home remedy and is highly effective. Many have achieved relief by simply diffusing the oil at bedtime and breathing in the vapor. This also helps to boost the immune system. Others have used frankincense in a carrier oil. You can create a pain relieving rub by adding four drops to an ounce of jojoba or argon oil. You can apply to the affected areas several times per day.
9. It provides amazing oral health benefits
Frankincense is a unique way to give your mouth extra protection from oral issues. Protect your mouth from bad breath, cavities, infection, and more by using a frankincense mouth wash! This immune boosting rinse is easy to make. In a glass jar, combine one cup of purified water, ¼ teaspoon of salt, six drops of peppermint essential oil, three drops of frankincense oil, and ¾ teaspoon of baking soda. Shake well and use an ounce or two each time you rinse.
If you’re wondering which oils that mix well with frankincense, check this out! Frankincense blends great with basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile blue, cinnamon bark, clary sage, cypress, geranium, ginger, lemon, lemon eucalyptus, mandarin, myrrh, orange, and sandalwood. Have fun experimenting and creating your own special blend.
Although Frankincense essential oil can do wonders for the immune system and for soothing ailments such as asthma and pain, always be sure to consult a doctor if pain or condition persists. If you suffer from asthma, COPD or other respiratory complications, ask a doctor before use. This oil is typically safe for pregnant and lactating women, but always check with your doctor or midwife before using any essential oil.
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