What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree and have several healing properties. The oils in the plants are made up of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some can even penetrate the blood-brain barrier. These oils are highly concentrated and have a strong aroma and can be used in aromatherapy and their benefits range from mental to physical healing.
What Is Frankincense Essential Oil?
Boswellia carterii, OR olibanum is commonly known as Frankincense oil. Frankincense is derived from the milky white sap that is secreted by the Frankincense tree which is native to specific regions of Africa and the Middle East. Once the sap has dried and hardened into tear-drop shapes on the tree over the course of a few days, they are scraped off and made into essential oil.
Frankincense gets its name from the term “franc encens” meaning “high quality incense in French. It is considered to pure a pure incense and it was once the most desired over all other types of incense.
Frankincense has a potent aroma that can be described as earthy, spicy, and woody with a fruity nuance. The aromas from frankincense is believed to strengthen and invigorate the respiratory system and is very sedative and comforting.
Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil
When inhaled, Frankincense can slow the heart rate and can bring down high blood pressure giving us a relaxing feeling overall. It can help reduce symptoms of depression, and anxiety without the side effects of medications that can cause drowsiness. It is believed that frankincense strengthens both spiritual connection and intuition.
Insomnia is no fun but it seems to be a serious issue with most of us today. We deal with a lot of stress and anxiety that tends to keep us up at night when we need some much needed sleep. With the use of frankincense oil, we can actually reduce the levels of anxiety or chronic stress we may be experiencing and gain a feeling of calm and grounding which can help us get to sleep. Not only that, but frankincense has the ability to allow our bodies to reach the ideal sleeping temperature, eliminate pain, and open our breathing passages.
Kills Harmful Bacteria and Germs
Frankincense contains antiseptic and disinfecting properties that helps the body get rid of dangerous bacteria. When applied topically, it can help get rid or prevent germs that may accumulate on the skin. When diffused, it can help prevent harmful germs and bacteria from a cold or flu from developing around the house by eliminating them completely. Instead of reaching for chemical household cleaners, try diffusing or using frankincense oil instead.
To help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores or other infections of the mouth, we can use frankincense essential oil. The antiseptic properties may help relieve these and other oral health problems.
Frankincense oil can help boost your immunity and have you feeling better and able to breathe better. This oil is considered an expectorant and will help get rid of mucus to clear the nasal passages. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, it can also help to reduce the swelling in nasal passages to promote the relief of congestion and easy breathing when inhaled.
Frankincense essential oil contains properties that can help with the appearance of our skin. Not only can it help strengthen the skin, it can also improve skin elasticity and improve skin tone by reducing appearance of blemishes, acne, scars and stretch marks. When applied topically, this oil can actually lift and tighten skin which helps with the appearance of aging along with reducing the appearance of wrinkles and crows feet. It can help heal wounds by stimulating the growth of new cells and reduce redness and skin irritation.
Helps With PMS Symptoms
Frankincense essential oil has been used to reduce symptoms of PMS. It has been shown that it may help balance hormones, relieve pain, cramps, anxiety, mood swings, nausea, headaches and fatigue. It may also be used to help regulate estrogen production and reduce the risks of tumors or cysts in premenopausal women.
May Reduce Joint Pain
Inflammation in general is the root for most diseases but Inflammation of the joints is one of the main causes of arthritis pain. Frankincense essential oil can help reduce joint inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Compounds such as terpenes and boswellic acids appear to be the strongest anti-inflammatory agents in frankincense.
May Improve Intestinal Function
Suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or any other inflammation of the stomach? Frankincense may be able to reduce the inflammation for it contains anti-inflammatory properties when taken internally. By helping the digestive system, the body can properly detox and produce bowel movements. Frankincense can speed up the secretion of digestive enzymes, relax the muscles of the digestive track, improve circulation and increase urination production. When this is done, our digestive system can work effectively and we can expect reduced cramping and pain in the stomach, flushing of excess water, and relief from bloating.
Frankincense Essential Oil Precautions
Frankincense essential oil is extremely well-tolerated. To date, there are no reported serious side effects of using frankincense oil. Even with that being said, it is still important to follow essential oil safety when using this oil.
It is rare, but frankincense oil can cause certain reactions for some people such as minor skin rashes and digestive problems like nausea or stomach pain. Frankincense is known to have blood thinning effects so if you are someone who has problems related to blood clotting, you should not use frankincense oil or at least speak to your doctor before using it. Otherwise, the oil may have potential to negatively react with certain anticoagulant medications.
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