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. 

Frankincense Uses

Relaxing, Stress Relieving Bath Soak

By adding a few drops of frankincense oil to a bath, you can induce the feeling of peace, satisfaction and relaxation naturally. You can add a few drops of frankincense oil into a diffuser or vaporizer to help fight anxiety or pop on our Relax Wax Melt while taking a nice relaxing bath.

Beat the Cold and Flu Naturally

To help you relieve congestion or cough from a respiratory infection from a cold or flu, use frankincense essential oil to naturally relieve the symptoms. This oil acts as an expectorant to help eliminate mucus in the lungs and acts as an anti-inflammatory in the nasal passages. This will help open your nasal passages to allow to you breathe better. If you are suffering from the cold, flu, allergies of asthma, try adding a few drops of frankincense essential oil into a diffuser and diffuse the oil. You can also add a few drops to a cloth and inhale the aromas or simply inhale directly from the bottle.

Helps Relieve Pain and Inflammation

Frankincense essential oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. Since how most diseases are rooted on inflammation, you can see why using frankincense could help. Frankincense can help improve circulation and lower symptoms of joint or muscle pain in conditions such as digestive disorders, asthma or arthritis. To relieve pain and inflammation, diffuse frankincense oil in your home or massage the oil or our Relax Body Butter to the painful area. Try taking a hot bath with Epsom salt infused with frankincense essential oils such as our Relax Bath Salts.

Anti-aging and Wrinkle Fighter

Looking for a natural way to help with your skin’s appearance? Add this natural astringent oil to help protect your skin cells. You can help reduce acne blemishes, wrinkles, loose skin and the appearance of large pores with frankincense essential oil. Mix 6 drops of frankincense oil to 1 oz carrier oil and apply directly to skin.

Stretch Mark, Wound, Acne and Scar Remedy

Help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dark spots and blemishes with frankincense essential oil. You can also help with wound healing by mixing 2-3 drops of frankincense oil with a carrier oil or lotion and apply directly to the skin. Be sure to not apply the mixture to broken skin, but to skin that is in the process of healing.

Natural Oral Hygiene Product

Want a natural regimen to incorporate into your daily hygiene routine, try adding frankincense to it. Frankincense contains antiseptic properties that can help naturally prevent dental health issues such as bad breath, gingivitis, tooth decay, cavities or other oral infections. You can even try making your own toothpaste or mouth wash using this oil and baking soda.

Natural Home Cleanser

Due to the antiseptic abilities of frankincense essential oils, we can naturally eliminate bacteria and viruses from our homes and clean our indoor spaces effectively. Frankincense not only can naturally clean your home, it can also naturally deodorize it at the same time. Try diffusing a few drops in your diffuser to help deodorize and reduce indoor pollution or use it as a spray to disinfect surfaces in your home or office.

Essential Oil Applications

Essential oils can be used to help with many ailments ranging from mental to physical ailments. You can find an essential oil that helps with just about anything. Think of them as nature’s gifts. We can reap the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapy, oral application or topically. Each application has its own benefits and its own precautions.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a term used when we use essential oils aromatically. When the aromas of an essential oil Is inhaled, the molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate mental responses in the limbic system which can trigger a powerful emotional response.

Aromatherapy can be obtained by adding a few drops of oils to your bath or shower, by relaxing in a warm bath with bath salts and essential oils, by diffusing the oils in an essential oil diffuser, using room or body sprays containing essential oils, essential oil nasal inhalers, essential oil roll ons used as perfumes or colognes, or just simply inhaling the aromas from the bottle. 

Topical Application

Topical application is the process of placing essential oils on your skin, hair, mouth, teeth, nails or mucous membranes of the body. When the oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed and penetrate the skin rapidly due to their small molecular makeup.

Most essential oils need to be diluted with carrier oils such as coconut oil or almond oil before direct application to the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause serious harm or negative skin reactions if not diluted or used properly. Once mixed with a carrier oil, you can apply the mixture directly to the bottom of your feet, pulse points, the affected area, rims of the ears or using a compress.

You can use essential oils topically through body butters, lotions, bath salts, body scrubs, essential oil rollers or massage oils that contain essential oils in them. 

Oral Application

Many essential oils can be ingested- taken by the mouth or eaten. You can cook with foods that contain essential oils in them such as lemongrass, ginger or cinnamon. You can also use them in teas to create our own herbal tea remedy. A few popular teas would be chamomile tea or peppermint tea. A few other common ways to ingest them is through capsule form, adding a few drops to your beverage or food dish or by adding a few drops of essential oils under your tongue for fast absorption. 

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. 

Essential Oil Precautions

When using any type of essential oil topically for the first time, it is always safe practice to perform a patch test on a small part of your skin before full body application. To do this, dilute the essential oils in a 1:1 ratio, then apply a small amount to the inner part of your forearm or a sensitive part of skin. Wait 24- 48 hours to be sure that no negative skin irritations occur such as swelling, redness, hives or rashes. It is best to start with an even ratio, then work your way up slowly to avoid any irritations.

When inhaling essential oils for the first time, keep the amount of exposure at a minimum to be sure you or anyone else in the household doesn’t experience any negative effects of the aromas. If you do, then ventilate the room being diffused immediately. If irritations continue to occur, seek medical or professional help.

If you are ingesting essential oils, it is critical to make sure that the essential oils you use are safe and pure and are a very high quality, organic, “therapeutic grade” brand. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers these safe for consumption and has approved some essential oils generically for internal use and given them the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation for human consumption.

It is best to talk to your doctor if you are unsure how using essential oil will impact existing health conditions such as heart disease, liver damage, cancer or skin disorders. If you have a reaction, or unsure about using any type of essential oils, it is best to speak with your doctor.

If you are taking any medications that you are not sure if they will interact with essential oils, be sure to speak to your physician before use. If you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly, be sure to speak to a physician or professionally before using essential oils. 

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Essential Oil Storage

Be sure to keep essential oils out of direct sunlight. Some essential oils are light sensitive and will lose their benefits if exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Some essential oils can be corrosive if used in plastic in their concentrated form. This is also why most essential oils or products that contain essential oils in them are packaged in deep amber or cobalt glass bottles.

Be sure to keep your essential oils in a cool dry place out of the reach of children and pets. 

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