11 Oct Frankincense
Frankincense has been around for thousands of years, it has been used for it’s therapeutic and healing properties. Yes the one that was given to baby Jesus. But does it really work?
What Is Frankincense?
Frankincense can help relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, and boosts the immune system. Frankincense oil is used by either inhaling the oil or absorbing it through the skin, usually mixed with a carrier oil, i.e. coconut oil.
When inhaled, frankincense oil been shown to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure and has anti-anxiety and depression-reducing attributes. Unlike prescription drugs it does not have negative side effects or cause unwanted drowsiness.
Frankincense has immune enhancing abilities that may help destroy harmful bacteria and viruses. It has major antiseptic properties, and is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It has the ability to destroy cold and flu germs from the home and the body naturally, and it can be used in place of chemical household cleaners.
Frankincense has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and the appearance of aging. It also reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks and can heal the skin and wounds. It reuces redness and skin irritation, while also producing a more even skin tone. It has a steroid-like component in it that contributes to its soothing effect on irritated skin and inflammation.
Frankincense helps the digestive system to properly detox and produce bowel movements. It also helps to reduce pain and cramping in the stomach, relieve nausea, flush out excess water from the abdomen from bloating. It speeds up the secretion of digestive enzymes, relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and also helps improve circulation, all components of good and proper digestion. It also has been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and IBS.
It also prohibits the production of key inflammatory molecules associated with inflammatory conditions like arthritis, asthma, IBS, allergies, autoimmune diseases, transplant rejection, hepatitis, and many more. Frankincense also can prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of treacherous and debilitating inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints and tendons. It can also help with recovery from intense workouts by reducing he inflammation and pain from heavy workout.
How To Use Frankincense
- Add a few drops of frankincense oil to a hot bath for stress relief.
- It is an antiseptic, meaning it helps eliminate bacteria and viruses from your home and clean indoor spaces
- It can be burned to help disinfect an area and is used as a natural deodorizer
- Use it in an essential oil diffuser to help reduce indoor pollution and deodorize
- Due to its antiseptic properties, frankincense oil is a great addition to any oral hygiene regimen
- Make your own toothpaste by mixing frankincense oil with baking soda
Anti-aging & Wrinkle Fighter
- it helps protect skin cells due to its antiseptic properties
- Mix it with your favorite facial lotion or a carrier oil and apply to your skin
Relieves Symptoms of Indigestion
- Add one to two drops of oil to eight ounces of water or to a tablespoon of honey for GI relief
- Make sure it’s 100 percent pure oil; do not ingest fragrance or perfume oils
Scar, Wound, Stretch Mark or Acne Remedy
- Mix two to three drops of oil with an unscented base oil or lotion and apply directly to skin
Natural Cold or Flu Medicine
- Next time you have a cold or the flu, use frankincense essential oil to help provide relief from coughing
- Add a few drops to a cloth and inhale for the respiratory benefits or use an oil diffuser
- It can help eliminate phlegm in the lungs
- It is anti-inflammatory and will help clear the nasal passages, making breathing easier
Helps Relieve Inflammation and Pain
- Massage frankincense oil to the painful and or inflamed area to improve circulation and lower symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain