It is believed that one of the magi had gifted the new born baby Jesus Frankincense which is basically a sweet smelling resin. In the modern world this resin is used to make a beneficial essential oil which can be used for improving health in a variety of manners.
Frankincense essential oil has the qualities of antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, sedative, tonic, uterine, expectorant and vulnerary substances. Let’s find out what health benefits you can get from it.
What is Frankincense Essential Oil?
In its original form known as olibanum, Frankincense is extracted as white sap from the bark of Boswellia genustree. The white sap slowly hardens to form tear drop like gum resin. The Boswellia trees are generally found African regions like Ethiopia and Somalia and Arabian regions such as Yemen and Oman.
In olden days, the Frankincense resin was roasted to turn into a black dust from which kohl was made for the Egyptian ladies. It is traditionally used as fragrant incense. The Essential oil prepared from Frankincense resin has a spicy, earthy yet fruity smell. It can help in inducing calmness and soothing one.
It can kick multiple cancers to the curb
Frankincense resin and Essential oil have the capacity of controlling or curbing cancer affected cells. According to the results of a study conducted by a team of researchers at University of Leicester of UK, a chemical compound called AKBA present in Frankincense can target and destroy the cancerous cells but does not damage the healthy cells. Frankincense can be used for treating breast, lung, colon and pancreatic cancer.
Improves your immune system
As mentioned earlier, Frankincense has strong antiseptic qualities. If you burn Frankincense sticks at home then its fumes will kill the germs in your environment and make it safer for your family. You can use Frankincense Essential oil on cuts and wounds for preventing septic infection and tetanus.
Cures menstrual problems
The use of Frankincense Essential oil can help in curing problems of delayed periods. Many women are facing the problem of early menopause. Frankincense can prevent early menopause and keep a woman’s menstrual cycle regular.
Like many other essential oils, Frankincense too can help in calming the mind and relaxing. The lovely aroma of Frankincense eases the mind of anxiety and tension and reduces stress. After a long day at work it can be the perfect companion for the relaxation hours.
The use of essential oils for skin and beauty care has become very popular. Frankincense Essential oil too can be used for skin care. Rashes, burns, cuts and sores can all be cured by the use of Frankincense essential oil. You can use a few drops of it with a lotion or body oil of your choice for best effect. Use less drops of the essential oil in your facial creams than the body lotions.
Many suffer from the problem of indigestion and chronic acidity. Heavy meals can also induce digestive problems. Frankincense Essential oil increases the secretion of gastric juices, bile juices and acids. This essential oil can also enhance peristaltic motion so that food is digested easily.
Protects against cold
Another benefit of Frankincense essential oil is that it can be used for reducing the phlegm from lungs and respiratory tracts, making it easier to breathe. It also heals bronchitis.
Frankincense is a special variety of essential oil which can be used in many different ways. It offers a bunch of health benefits and can also be used as a beauty essential.