Frankincense essential oil is used in aromatherapy to uplift the spirit, warm the body, and bring reassurance to anyone lacking self confidence. It can also help break emotional ties to the past. Frankincense is revered as a holy perfume and frequently burned as incense. The word frankincense means “luxuriant incense”. When burned, frankincense gives off “trahydro-cannabinole” which is thought to expand the consciousness. Frankincense is often used in meditation and religious ceremonies.
Frankincense essential oil is extracted from the resin of the Boswellia shrub by steam distillation. It has a warm rich scent that is slightly lemony. Frankincense is a strong anti-inflammatory that can heal persistent sores and prevents breakdown of surrounding connective tissue. It is used when treating spider bites, stubborn wounds, rheumatoid arthritis, and low back pain.
Frankincense has many uses. It has astringent and restorative properties that make it an excellent ointment for aging skin. Frankincense essential oil can be added to creams, lotions, and medicinal ointments -- but use with caution. It only takes a few drops because essential oils are powerful substances. Use frankincense creams and lotions as moisturizer. Use frankincense ointment as a salve. Frankincense can also be added to muscle rubs and massage oils. It is great for sore muscles and joints.
Frankincense essential oil helps regulate breathing and calms coughing spasms. It helps clear the lungs and nasal passages and eases shortness of breath. Frankincense helps strengthen the urinary system, too.
Frankincense is also a good nerve tonic. It calms the mind and is extremely useful in meditation. Use a few drops in a hot bath before bed time to promote a restful night’s sleep. Frankincense is often used to treat insomnia.
In many cultures, frankincense is burned during labor to promote a calm, focused atmosphere during birth. The Bible mentions frankincense at least 17 times and according to the wise men, it rated right up there with gold and myrrh (see Mathew 2:11 and read about their gifts to baby Jesus). Frankincense’s fragrance is long lasting and penetrating. Frankincense oil should not be used in large doses or for extended periods of time. If overused, frankincense may cause nausea and other bad reactions.
* Do not take essential oils internally. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil (such as almond or olive) and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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