When you hear the word Frankincense in the western world our first thought is the gift brought to the baby Jesus by the wise men as a royal gift. Its value was worth more than gold. While it is described in the bible over 2,000 years ago the history found in archaeology, books, and writings have it going back as far as 5,000 years ago. It has been used for insect repellent, perfumes, medicinal purposes, and was used in the embalming process.
It is created from the sap of the Boswellia tree that grows on rocky limestone ridges in the desert area of the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, Oman, and Somalia. To gather this precious sap the trees are cut, the resin is allowed to flow out and harden, then it is scraped off and processed either in dried form or by steam distillation.
There are various grades of frankincense, the very finest is clear with a silvery sheen. It comes from the Omen area and is reserved for the top leaders in the country. The more common is a yellow-brown in color and is the most abundant and easiest to purchase.
When used the oils give off a citrusy sweet, fruity, spicy, woodsy fragrant aroma that is very pleasing to the smell. Traditionally it was burned as incense, however today it is distilled and used primarily as an essential oil with many health benefits.
What are the benefits?
It promotes healthy cell growth keeping existing cells healthy, boosts the immune system which helps treats dry skin stretch marks, reverses signs of aging, and can helps fight cancer cell growth. Scientist have studied this and have found that it causes cancerous cells to self implode and helps prevent them from spreading to other areas.
University studies have shown that it can inhibit the production of molecules that are inflammatory that may cause arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
By breaking up Phlem in the respiratory system it can help relieve cold symptoms and other bronchial congestion.
It helps regulate estrogen production and the menstrual cycle, reducing the risk of cyst or tumor formation in the uterus in premenopausal women.
The antiseptic properties from this oil helps prevent cavities in the teeth, bad breath, toothaches, mouth sores, and infections in the mouth.
It will increase the speed of bile, secretion of gastric acids, and juices that help food move through the intestines properly.
Works as a diuretic that assists your system by getting rid of toxins, sodium, fats, uric acid, and excess water. The side benefit is that this process also helps reduce blood pressure.
It helps relieve stress, restless leg syndrome, depression, anxiety, and emotional swings by creating a sense of calmness and serenity.
Use in a diffuser at bedtime to help your breathing slow down, relieve your stress, and give you a better night's sleep.
Frankincense can be used topically, ingested or used in a diffuser. When using on your skin it is always advised to do a small spot test prior to using it to determine if you may be sensitive to the oils.
When taken internally it is best to dilute the oil with an edible oil; such as coconut oil, a non-acidic non-dairy drink, a small amount of honey or cold spring water. Using a drop or two directly on or below your tongue while safe for adults is NOT recommended for children under six years of age.
In our modern day the most popular use is by the use of a diffuser; just a few drops of oil added will enhance your home or office with the ageless essence used by kings and royalty from by gone centuries. When walking into a room that has Frankincense in use, you notice a light pleasant aroma. You will soon sense a feeling of calmness and emotional well-being; and thus be in the presence of the wisdom of many ancient scholars, wise men, and modern scientists.
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