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.
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.
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.
Summing It Up
Frankincense essential oil has many great uses from beauty enhancement to home cleaning. Be sure to follow all directions when when using this essential oil and enjoy!
Have you ever used Frankincense essential oils before? If so, how did it work for you? Let us know in the comments section below.
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This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. Neither Self Verve nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. Be sure to contact your physician before trying any of the items stated in the above article.