Is it possible to think of frankincense without thinking about the wise men bringing the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to baby Jesus? During ancient times, this precious oil was revered by the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians, who used it for medicinal, religious, and health-enhancing reasons.
Extracted from the resin of the boswellia tree, frankincense essential oil is renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils.
Known as the King of Oils, it has many reported health benefits:
Skin Health: Its soothing and beautifying properties are used to promote radiant skin, rejuvenate aging skin, and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, scars, and stretch marks. To fight wrinkles add a few drops to your face serum or cream to fight aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. To fight acne, apply a drop of frankincense to the affected area to dry up spots and speed healing.
Overall Immune System Health: Frankincense is also known to promote cellular health and immunity and can be taken internally on a daily basis for these benefits. It helps build and maintain a healthy immune system, promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems, helping them function optimally.
Mood Boosting: Frankincense smells amazing, and when inhaled or diffused, it induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness. You can apply a drop or two to your wrists or the back of your neck to lift your spirits, reduce stress, and reduce feelings of overwhelm. In fact, I placed some on my wrists right before I began writing this post! I think the scent is beautiful and I find it both uplifting and relaxing.
It can also be applied to the bottoms of your feet to promote relaxation and balance mood swings.
I believe frankincense is one of the most versatile oils. In fact, I think I use it more than any other essential oil (and I use a lot of oils!). Here are a few more ways I like to use this amazing gift of nature:
- To help fade sunspots on my arms
- In an anti-aging blend I use around my eyes every night and morning – more on this in an upcoming post
- In a healing blend I made for my husband to use on scars: Mix 2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil with 3 drops frankincense, 3 drops helichrysum, and 4 drops lavender and apply to wound 3 or 4 times a day.
- As a light, beautiful scent (since I avoid chemical-containing perfumes)
- Applied directly to the skin to soothe irritation
- Rubbed on the chest as a cough suppressant
- In a sugar scrub (devised by my daughter Natalie) that I use to wash my face every night before I go to bed. Simply mix 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup white sugar in a glass jar and add 10 drops frankincense, 6 drops lavender, and 4 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils. You can adjust the ingredients according to your needs.
- Diffused: to make the room smell wonderful, and as a mood booster and balancer, to inspire, uplift, and promote relaxation
I hope I’ve convinced you to give frankincense essential oil a try. If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, or purchasing frankincense, please contact me.
Directions for frankincense use:
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in a diffuser
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. You may want to dilute with fractionated coconut oil if your skin is sensitive.
Caution: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat diagnose or cure any condition.